The Best Way to Beat Overwhelm

If we want to get anything done, we have to do it one step at a time.

If we want to build a wall, there’s no other way than brick by brick. Or if you’re more into cakes than walls (I’m thinking of Roald Dahl’s Matilda), the only way to eat a chocolate cake is one bite at a time!

Chocolate cake

It can be a slow process, but you will get there in the end. ;-0

So what has this to do with writing? Well the whole process can feel overwhelming at times. We can all get stuck. The start, the plot, the characters… and how will it all end? OVERWHELM! We all know what it feels like – it’s normal. But how do we get out of ‘stuck mode’?

The best way to tackle overwhelm is to just take one bite or build one brick (I’ll take the cake, hehe!). Joking aside, if you’re feeling paralysed right now, because the whole novel-writing thing seems too big, you need to take the next step.

A small step is fine, because every small step will be taking you towards your final goal. In fact, every small step is a victory!

So what do you need to do next? Write the next paragraph? Plan the next chapter? Make a character list? Decide on your setting? Or get going again?

Over to you! Take out your journal, and make a list of things you need to do to make your story a reality. Then just do one thing! Or skip the list and just do something. 🙂

If you do that every day, bit by bit your novel will take shape.

It will! You can do it!

Have a good week, a moving on week.

Why not drop me a line to tell me what your next step will be? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Love to you all in Christ,


Janet Wilson from Write for a Reason and Dernier Publishing

P.S. I wrote an ebook, years ago now, with lots of good writing tips and tricks to help you make your novel the best it can be.

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I’ve kept the price low, because I want to make it accessible to as many writers as possible. It’s great value, and you can start putting the writing tips into practice immediately! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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