If you’re trying to figure out your main character’s voice or who they are, a journal entry from them to you can help a ton! If you are writing a letter or journal entry then it is easier to capture how they would talk, think and how they would describe things. It's almost like you are the interviewer and are letting them tell you about who they are and why they need their story to be told. If you haven't tried this exercise yet I suggest you do. It can be very helpful.
One thing that I do believe can help you if you are struggling to sit down and write is to do a five minute sprint. You don't have to work on your story if you don't want to during that warm up, but you can. The idea is to just warm up so you can really write anything. Then set your timer for a 10 minute sprint this time working on your book. Slowly increase that ten minutes to the 25 minute mark and before you know it, sitting down to write for a half hour (5 min warm up plus the 25 min writing time) will feel easy, and natural. I challenge you to give it a try today!
Figuring out your point of view that you want to write in is vital. It's also a good thing to make sure you have chosen right asap! I suggest when you are starting a story to take a scene and try writing it both in first person and in third person. Ask yourself these questions?
1. Which way feel best?
2. Which way works the best for you?
3.Which one gives you a better scene?
4. Can the rest of your story be written in that point of view?
5. Is one harder for you than the other?
6. Is the genre that you are writing in mostly in first or 3rd person?
Hopefully by doing this you can pick which point of view works the very best and you can move a head with your writing feeling positive about this one thing.
Here is a quick reference of the difference between the two
1st person: I, me, my
3rd person: he, she, they
Getting excited about your work is one of the best things you can do. So I want you to close your eyes for a second. Is there a scene or a part of your story that you have been dyeing to write? Is there a character that you love so much? It is a genre that simply makes you super excited? Spend a minute thinking or writing down what part of your current WIP make you most excited? Hold onto that when the hard writing days come. If it's short maybe even pin it above your writing spot.
On Thursday's I like to issue a writing challenge because sometimes that challenge might help spark something in your writing. I issue this on my instagram @rockingyourwritng and on here so that you can give it a try and maybe learn something about your writing, your book or what you need for your book. This weeks Challenge is to spend time writing about your characters biggest flaw. What does it do to your character? Why does it make their life harder? How could they fix their flaw. Spend some time working on that it might help your WIP!