You have an idea that you believe in . . . but the reality of it seems too difficult to tackle.
I know that feeling. The overwhelm that makes you want to quit before you’ve even started. It's icky. But guess what?
That belief in your story is step one! Step two is belief in yourself.
Easier said than done, I know! You're probably thinking things along the lines of: Is this story really worth it? Am I the only one who would even like it? What if I don’t have the time? What makes me think I’m even capable of writing this?
Maybe you should consider those anxieties as proof that you're super passionate about your idea! Put them in a more positive light and they'll be easier to evaluate.
Then you should kick those negative thoughts to the curb, because they aren’t going to help you write that book!
You don’t need to doubt yourself—you’re more than capable.
You don’t need to doubt your process—it’s yours, and unique, and that’s a beautiful thing!
And you definitely don’t need to doubt your story—you care about it and that’s enough.
So take a deep breath, overwhelmed writer. Then another one.
You’ve got this.
Here are a few things that might help you find the confidence you need to move forward:
KNOW YOUR WRITING PROCESS AND GET TO IT
Maybe you need to do lots of planning. That’s great! Outline to your heart’s content, make aesthetics boards, playlists, maps . . . .
Work at it as the ideas come. Don’t worry about outlining in chronological order and take your time.
Or maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum and the idea of outlining anything gives you anxiety. ("I’m too restricted!") That’s wonderful, too! Just jot down what inspired you, any big plot points you have figured out, and go from there.
MAKE AN AESTHETICS BOARD or PLAYLIST
Keep that inspiration going and capture the essence of your story in picture or music! This will immerse you even more into that idea and it’s a more tangible proof of how amazing that book is going to be! (And they're just a lot of fun to make!)
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ENCOURAGING FRIENDS
Tell those people who mean the most to you about this idea you have—as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. Sometimes just letting them know that you have an idea and that you’re really inspired is encouraging because, odds are, they’ll be excited because you are! And keep those loved ones close as you start to write; cheerleaders are endlessly valuable.
INVEST IN THE IDEA
Buy some teas to drink while you’re writing. Or a cute mug to drink from! Maybe this is the perfect time to invest in a writing program—or use that cute notebook that’s been waiting around for you to fill it up. Do something special to celebrate the idea; because, really, the idea for a story that is all yours is something to be celebrated!
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR INSPIRATION
I was inspired by Pet Sematary, of all things, to write my fantasy novel. Whatever it was that got you to this idea, make a note of it. (I’ve got another idea for something jotted down that was inspired by an obscure Pink Floyd song.)
Go back to that source of inspiration and get back into that excitement as often as you need to!
I believe that your idea has amazing potential. YOU have amazing potential. And I know that this process is huge and overwhelming and crazy, but it takes a bit of craziness to be great!
I have new resources just for you in the Lavender Library! They'll help you figure out what's overwhelming you, and give you some tools to overcome it! Go get 'em!
Need to ramble about that amazing idea you have?