I’m extremely active in the writing community. I spend a lot of time in different Facebook groups for writers and following fellow writers on Twitter and Instagram. I love the posts where writers can share their wins and celebrate with others. I enjoy the posts where writers can ask questions or describe struggles they are facing. The answers, support, and community on these posts can be really inspiring. But not all posts are so great. My least favorite post to see from any writer is when they want to give up. The thought of giving up is the saddest thing a writer can think. If I could help you with one thing, it would be the power to know that you should never stop writing.
But when your draft is falling apart or it seems like nobody wants to publish or read your book, it can be so easy to think of giving up. I’m sure we’ve all had the thought at least once.
I’ll never figure out how to bring this character to life.
The market is too saturated.
I’ll never write as well as so and so.
Nobody likes my writing. Why bother?
Any of these thoughts sound familiar? I’m pretty sure I’ve thought ALL of them at least once. But thinking such thoughts won’t do you any good. It won’t change your circumstance. It won’t help you decide to never stop writing. So how do you develop that conviction to keep going and never give up?
You have to remind yourself that you can always learn more. If you work hard enough, you can learn anything you don’t know.
Inspire Yourself to Learn More
As a human, and especially as a writer, the idea of learning more is often fascinating and exciting. I personally feel like I want to learn a little of everything because I never know what will make for a good story. I believe that the more I know, the better a writer I can be.
However, when it actually comes time to sit and learn, it can feel boring and tedious. Or even worse, difficult and not possible. I often feel bogged down when trying to learn something new. My brain can only hold so much information, right?
It can be especially hard to feel the urge to learn more when you are on the verge of giving up. When trying seems so hopeless, it’s difficult to remember that learning can be fun and exciting, and exactly what we need to do to make progress with our writing lifestyles and journeys.
Do you ever tell yourself that you can’t learn something? Or that you don’t know enough and you never will?
Today I want to empower you with the belief that you know so much, and I want to inspire and encourage you to learn more!
I once attended a college seminar where the speaker told us that we knew more than we thought we did, but that we were capable of knowing more. And that’s something that has always stuck with me. That has helped me to never stop writing.
You Know More than You Think
How often do we take time to appreciate what we already know? If we are constantly dwelling on all that we still have to learn, we may feel stupid or unqualified. But if we look at everything we have already learned, we can feel a sense of accomplishment. Especially when we dwell on things that were once difficult to understand.
So focus on the information and skills that you do have. I don’t care if you got a college degree or you are a high school drop-out. I’m not just talking about your level of education. Just by existing, you have accumulated a wealth of knowledge.
If it helps, make a list of your strongest skill-sets. Don’t ever forget about your talents and your strengths.
You Are Capable of Knowing More
When I was a kid, I would hunt and peck at the keyboard. I didn’t know how to type properly. My mom bought me a computer game that was supposed to teach you to type with proper hand placement. I HATED it. I thought it was so hard and it slowed me down. But now, I type the way I learned to and am so much faster than if I was still hunting and pecking.
If I learned how to type, who’s to say I can’t learn how to write a novel? Something that used to be extremely difficult is now almost second nature. So be sure to remind yourself that you are capable of learning what you don’t already know.
Are you proud of the vast information you do know? Are you starting to feel empowered knowing that you can learn anything you need to know? Never let a lack of knowledge keep you from writing.
Decide What to Learn Next
Sometimes the belief that you can learn whatever you need to keep you writing, it can be overwhelming if you feel like you have a lot to learn. Where do you start?
There is so much that I want to learn, and so much that I feel compelled to learn if I want to achieve my goals and my dreams. But often, I don’t feel like I have the time to learn everything I want or need to learn. But I do have a little trick that can help you decide the best method for learning what you don’t know.
With so much information available, from Wikipedia to Google to podcasts and books, it is almost impossible to learn it all. So how do you decide what information to absorb? How do you decide what to learn next?
You have to decide if you want to get your feet wet, or jump in. Do you need to know the ins and outs of a topic, or just have a basic understanding? Knowing what level of knowledge you need can help you allocate your time more effectively.
Learn What You Don’t Know By Diving Deep
If you are currently facing a situation where certain knowledge would benefit you, that is the best time to learn as much as you can. For example, I’m currently revising my WIP. I have a lot of plot holes and issues with character development. So I am learning as much as I can about the craft of writing, especially plot and character development. The more I learn, the more confident I feel tackling my own story’s problems.
If you have a goal you are working towards, it is important to know what steps you need to take to achieve that goal. To write a novel, you need to have an idea, write the story, and revise the story before you can publish it. So it doesn’t make sense to spend hours learning about publishing if you haven’t written your story and aren’t even sure it’s a good enough idea to sustain a full-fledged story.
However, all those aspects of writing are important to know about. If you have any desire to be published, information about publishing should still be on your radar.
Learn What You Don’t Know By Dabbling
If you know you will need to learn about something in the near future, it isn’t a bad idea to start learning a little bit. Having a basic understanding will help you focus on the best way to learn more when you are ready to dive deep. I am interested in publishing a novel in the near future. And I’m not entirely sure I will self-publish or try to get published traditionally. So I’m learning a bit about each, in hopes that when I am ready to publish I will know if I want to pursue self-publishing or traditional publishing.
If there is information you want to learn, but it doesn’t require you immediate attention, you can still start learning about it. Just don’t focus too much of your time or energy just yet.
As you focus on how much you have learned as a writer, believe that you can learn more, and decide what to learn next, you will come to an understanding that there is no setback or struggle that should ever cause you to give up!
Are you committed to never stop writing?