This is it.
The honeymoon phase.
Everything is new. Everything is perfect.
You have a new idea. A new project is officially in the works. It’s so promising, so intriguing, that any time you put into it doesn’t even feel like work.
Everything is wonderful.
Until it isn’t.
That’s the thing about the honeymoon phase of any new project.
What once felt perfect now bears flaws. What once seemed effortless now requires way more work than you ever expected.
It’s not fun anymore. The vacation is over.
My advice: don’t spend the whole time worrying about when that’s going to happen.
If you do that, you’re going to miss out on the actual experience of having a great time working on something new and exciting.
Enjoy these moments. Because the reality is, yes, there are tough times ahead. The honeymoon phase will end. Your project will seem a lot less exciting. You’ll have days when you don’t want to work on it anymore. What once seemed like a task worth the effort might start to feel like it isn’t worth the stress.
But that’s what separates the aspiring writers from the successful professionals. If you can coast through the honeymoon phase, power through the roughest of your project’s development, and come out on the other side with a successful product … you’re going to make it.
Maybe not with this project, or the next one, or the next one.
But your willingness to keep writing, no matter how mundane it gets, says you’re not going to give up easily, no matter the obstacles life throws your way.
So build up that level of discipline now. Because you’re going to need it.
Just … don’t forget to sit back and remember how much you love this whole writing thing. Deep down, you know you do. You wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t care.
No matter how rough things get, hold onto that spark of inspiration that started it all. Keep some kind of reminder of it. Remember why you wanted to start this thing, decide why it’s worth continuing.
Don’t give up. Especially not when reality kicks in. That’s where hard work starts — and the results are worth everything.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.