To create your own character as a writer will take time.
There are a number of great quotes about how to become a writer. But the most important revolve around the “writer’s write” mentality and Hemingway’s “ass in chair” work ethic.
That is to say you can’t just think about being a writer. There are universities filled with those people. You’ve actually got to sit yourself down and write, day in and day out.
The Harder I Work The Luckier I Get
Ever hear that saying?
It’s a great one because it’s true. Writing is work. The first draft will be horrible. Accept it and know that everyone’s first draft is bad.
The only writers whose first drafts are not bad are the ones who have been writing for a while. But they’re still not as good as the twentieth draft.
You must write and revise, write and revise. Do it ten, one hundred or even one thousand times. Don’t worry. This is part of the process.
It took George Lucas more than 17 drafts to write one of his Star Wars movies.
Writing is rewriting and, consequently…determination.
It takes a lot of work to create your own character.
Don’t Forget The 10,000 Hour Rule
It may take you days, weeks, months or even years and you will still think your writing is horrible.
You may be right.
However, keep working through it. The 10,000 hour rule says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master anything; fishing, juggling, speaking a language or writing.
Don’t give up. Keep your target in sight and keep comparing your writing of today with your writing from last year. You will be encouraged because you see you are improving.
Don’t Forget To Stop And Smell The Roses
Now, what I am about to tell you may seem to contradict everything I told you above. Because, it does.
When the going gets tough and you think you can’t take any more…quit. Give up. Stop being a writer.
If you weren’t meant to be a writer then you will never write again. Move on to find your life’s real purpose. If you were meant to be a writer you will begin writing in a few days, weeks, months, whenever.
Quit?! Give Up?!
I did this plenty of times. But, when I returned I found that my writing became easier.
All the time I spent trying to figure out some problem of plot or point of view or dialogue got me nowhere. But, when I gave up and stopped trying so hard the answers just seemed to bubble up from within.
This is known to as the Law of Reverse Effect.
You see, the harder you consciously try to do something the more likely it is you will fail. This is because the conscious mind is trying to do something that is better suited to the unconscious mind.
Create Your Own Character
So when you create your own character as a writer you must know that it is work.
However, don’t approach this work as a chore. Approach it with joy.
And, when you are stuck on something, take a breather. Do something else. But, be confident that the answer will come to you unexpectedly from the strangest places.