BK Blog Post
Posted by Pat Fredshaw.
Pat Fredshaw is an enthusiastic blogger and freelance writer for EssaySupply from the sunny California who is interested in writing about everything. Pat communicates with readers by sharing her experience and knowledge through the articles.
What are your writing goals? Would you like to self-publish an eBook, land five new clients, or simply increase your writing about a few thousand words each day? Whatever your goals are, the key to reaching them is to get motivated and stay motivated. Unfortunately, that’s not always easy. If you are struggling to stay motivated and reach your goals. These tips just might help.
Find Great Topics
Nothing kills motivation more than having to write about the boring subject matter. The good news is that there are no boring subjects. It doesn’t matter what the topic is. It doesn’t matter the industry you are writing about. It certainly doesn’t matter which website or publication you are writing for.
As long as you are willing to dig a little deeper and do some research, you can find something interesting to write about. Look at a story from a different angle. Connect a current event to a business or subject that you are exploring. Find an interesting person to interview. The more interesting you make your topic, the easier and more prolific your writing will be.
Allocate Time Each Week to Write Something You Love
If you could write about one topic, or stick with one genre for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Now, take your answer and carve out time each week to dedicate to that. You may not be able to spend much time writing about things you enjoy, but you can certainly schedule an hour or two each week. This can keep your mind sharp, and build up a motivation to carry you through the writing tasks that aren’t quite as enjoyable.
Keep Your Writing Space Comfortable For You
Ultimately, meeting your writing goals means spending time at your desk and writing. That’s hard to do if you aren’t comfortable. Take some time to analyze your current workspace. What is and what is not working for you? Forget about the things conventional wisdom tells you that your ideal workspace should have. Think about your own needs and rely on your own instincts.
For example, a standard advice is to work in a quiet place free from distractions. This isn’t going to help you if you find silence uncomfortable. It also won’t help if you work from home and will worry that silence means possible trouble.
Start in The Middle
What should you do if you are writing something and simply cannot come up with the right words? One possible answer is to move to another part, and start working there. Remember that there is absolutely no hard and fast rule stating that you have to start every writing project at the beginning and work in linear fashion. If you have a brilliant idea for your conclusion, by all means, write that first. As long as everything works together, in the end, there’s no reason not to work on your project in any order that works for you.
Establish Measurable Benchmarks And Reward Yourself
If you read many articles on writing and motivation you will find that some people believe that you should set goals based on the number of words you write each day. Others claim that you should go by the number of minutes that you spend writing. The truth is, it’s a pointless argument.
It doesn’t matter what you use to measure your progress towards your goals. Just pick something and stick with it. Then, find ways to keep yourself motivated by providing yourself with rewards for meeting or exceeding your goals.
Get a Little Exercise in Before You Write
Studies have shown that memory and brain processing improve just after your workout. You’ll also feel a bit more alert and energized. These things can add up to a long and fruitful writing session where you get a lot done.
So, what kind of exercise should you engage in? First of all, you want to avoid exercise that is so intense that it leaves you exhausted. Instead, try taking a brisk walk or jog, doing yoga, or some light cardio or strength training. Then, take advantage of that residual energy to get as much accomplished as possible.
Use Technology to Make Writing Easy
In order to be a good writer, you have to do much more than sit in front of your screen and write. You have to take and organize notes, keep track of deadlines, follow up with editors, record new writing ideas, track your payments, promote your work, pitch new ideas, and much more. The good news is that there is almost limitless technology available to you that has been created to make writing easier for you. For example, you could use a tool like Evernote to organize your projects and notes. You could even visit a college writing lab or online writing center for advice on improving your writing technique.
Make Deadlines Even When They Don’t Exist
Write with a sense of purpose and urgency. This is great advice to follow even if you don’t have anything pressing at the moment. If you don’t have a deadline, create one. This will help you to maintain efficiency and learn to force yourself to stay on track no matter what. Besides, as a writer, you never know when no deadlines can suddenly morph into ‘all of the deadlines!’
Get Rid of Distractions
Sometimes, the only way to get and to stay motivated is to clear everything off of your desk (sometimes literally) and get to work. Turn off your phone, stop checking your email notifications, and put a temporary block on your social media pages. Then, hang out you do not disturb sign and get to work. Sometimes, an hour of doing this results in more productivity than you eke out of the remainder of the day.
Sometimes, the best way to stay motivated is to create a bit of accountability for yourself. You can do this by sharing your writing goals with others. Let your friends or family members know what your goals are. You’ll be much more likely to follow through if you know that someone is going to ask you about your progress. If you don’t care to share with friends or family members, consider joining a local writer’s group.