Passion is the key

What I’ve come to realise, over the past few months, is that you make little progress without passion. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, then what’s the point in doing it?

This particularly rings true with writing. If you don’t believe in yourself and enjoy the process, then you face a major obstacle. With all of life’s time-sucking distractions, it’s hard enough getting to the keyboard (or notepad) at the best of times, never mind if you lack drive or enthusiasm.

Thus getting into “the zone”, a place of productivity, is so much easier if you have passion for your project. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s quite easy to lose love for a project as long-winded as a book, but it’s important to appreciate what you’ve created.

Lately, I have seen how my passion has spurred me forward and boosted my productivity. It’s all about perception. You can either look upon something in defeat (writer’s block) or believe that there is a way forward (writer’s steamroller).

Passion helps to clear the path ahead.

Could my book really be finished by July? xD

Sometimes when you write a novel, you end up veering off-course from your plan, as your story naturally evolves into something different. This is what happened with my novel, but there’s nothing wrong with that, because a plan is just a guideline anyway.

So recently, I’ve had to revise the latter half of my plan to align with what I’ve written so far. As a result of this revision, I determined that I have twenty chapters left to write. And I realised that if I want to finish before July (as a treat for my girlfriend’s birthday xD), then I would have to write one chapter every six days – roughly one chapter per week.

To me, this is a very realistic target. With the revised road mapped out ahead, and a weekly deadline to whip me along, I have every confidence that I can make it to the finish line on time.

Wish me luck!