There are times when a goal is so overwhelming that it moves you to absolute inaction. The hard work, the length of time, the lack of knowledge, your perceived inability…all these things can make it so hard to get started.
What do you do?
Figure out how you can break it down. If it’s something that is going to take years, break it up into month goals. And celebrate when you achieve each one. For example, if you’re writing a book first get to know the characters. Where are they from? What was their childhood like? What makes them tick? What music do they like? What kind of people do they like? What are their hobbies? What do they do for a living? Do they like it? You get the idea.
Then figure out the story. For me, I first figure out what message do I want to get across while I’m entertaining my readers. Then I figure out the plot, the conflicts, the resolutions. Many of the twists and turns are already planned before I write chapter one.
Then I start writing the book. I keep track of how many days in a row I have written and how much I have accomplished while doing so. This helps me see that I am making progress.
Then I keep at it. For weeks.
Then it’s time for reader input and revisions and more revisions and more revisions. Until I just can’t make it any better.
If you have a knowledge shortfall, classes are always good. You can look on the internet, but you just must make sure you’re getting good knowledge. The other downside of the internet is getting sidetracked. It’s so easy to get sidetracked! So stay focused.
And keep at it.
If possible, find someone in the field who can give you some insight. Try to find someone who can help you and encourage you.
And keep at it.
Finally, believe in yourself. You are a valuable human being. Remember diamonds become diamonds thanks to time and pressure. Keep at it and you will come out sparkling!