Deliberately writing long texts successfully

A short text, such as a memo or a postcard, is written quickly. Behind a good short story is already a lot of work and perseverance. To endure a novel or script to the end requires courage, consistency, tenacity and a firm belief in success. Here you will find thoughts and suggestions that motivate and support you at work.

People need a sense of achievement in order to be happy and believe in themselves. This also applies to writing. Short texts usually lead to quick success experiences. You write a short mail with important facts and send them off. Finished. You label a picture postcard with your mother-in-law and put it in the mailbox in Rome or New York. Done. Feel good. The little luck we can take care of ourselves.

Find an end

Anyone who has ever tried to finish a novel as a young author – and that does not necessarily mean old age – knows what that means: a lot of work, a lot of flesh, and above all, an infinite amount of patience. With more experience, the perseverance may be easier, but even experienced authors often curse the "damnable novel" that they want and need to finish writing.

Unknown authors still write freely and without direct pressure – which can also be a disadvantage. Well-known authors moan under the next deadline or need the next check for personal survival. However, whoever wants to be successful has to finish things. Should writers and authors do otherwise just because they are "artists"? So: high with the shirt sleeves, eyes to and through!

Advice and advice to make it easier to persevere and organize:

  1. Use the basics of time management. Much can be transferred to the work of authors.
  2. Try to get used to fixed writing times. Do not see the writing as icing on the dessert. It is not a luxury for you, but a must. This also applies to hobby authors who want to develop further.
  3. Write daily, even on stressful days. Better few sentences than nothing. This strengthens your morale and helps you to stay in touch.
  4. Set yourself intermediate goals. For already published authors there are deadlines. Set yourself such deadlines.
  5. Divide the fabric. Determine in advance how long your novel or screenplay will be. How many pages, how many chapters, how many scenes. So you create a scaffold that gives grip. A skeleton that feeds you with "flesh" (words, sentences, scenes, descriptions) and brings it to life "miraculously".
  6. Believe in your own personal "miracle". You want to write – necessarily? Then you can too!
  7. Be as delightful as it gets when your book is finally in the bookstore – as often as possible. Write about this moment or paint a picture. Maybe you're sticking a collage with a photo of you in the middle – laurel wreath in your hair and radiant with happiness. If you need more, see how you are currently accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dreams are allowed. Motivate yourself! Your subconscious mind will try to reconcile these inner images with reality.

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