Staying Motivated: How To Write Consistently
My fellow writer's out there. This is for you. Let's face it—we love what we do! But sometimes it gets to be a lot. If you are anything like me, you're working on several projects concurrently for clients, running your business and trying to have a semblance of a personal life. Whew, chile, or sir, it can be a lot. Do you feel me?!
But here's the thing, with the right mindset and strategies, you can build strategies to keep your fingers moving on the keyboard.
1. Create a realistic writing schedule.
As it relates to getting all your writing done on time, whether it's for a client or for your internal projects, make sure you schedule your time properly. Think of it like this. If you are writing a 5,000-word document, each page may have an average of 500 words, not counting the headings and subheadings. From there you know that potentially, 5000 words would be ten pages of content. Then you can look at when you need to have the project done and break it down by working on it daily. You can work for a bit, put it down and then move on to something else. We build consistency with intention. Also, realize what time of the day is best for you to write. Personally, from 6 pm - 10 pm, are my hours of power. Select yours and roll with it. I suggest you that use block scheduling to help you create and maintain your daily personal writing schedule.
2. Be honest about what you can and can not do.
This next one applies to my freelance writers, in particular. I know when we first get started freelancing, it's easy to take projects on just to pay the bills. Even if the project does not align with our mission, we accept it. It's time to stop that. Only select the projects that interest you. Trust me when I say this, when you don't feel like writing something, if it at least interests you, then it will help you get over the hump.
3. Love your skills—know & show your value.
Writing is such a subjective art form. I mean, sure; it requires skill, but mainly it requires you being you. Realize that perfectionism is NOT possible. Be careful not to get stuck reaching for an unattainable vision of how you want your writing to be. Choose your perspective and support it in everything that you do.
4. Don't do it alone!
As humans, we are tribal beings innately. Whether it's social or for business, it's comforting to connect with others. As a writer, do the same thing, connect with other writers. Stay tuned to this page, because I'm going to begin a community of like-minded writers of all levels. It'll definitely help to have fellow writers to relate to, go over ideas with, etc.
5. Keep up the self-care.
Know when enough is enough. As a writer, you shouldn't chain yourself to your desk. You've got to make some time for yourself. Take breaks while you are writing. What I like to do is take a walk. Getting fresh air and helps me reinvigorate my thoughts. Find your writing self-care and use it while you are working. Also, when you're not working, make sure you don't overload yourself with work and when you are on a break, take that break!
In closing, to maintain consistency as you write, take time and craft what works for you. Every word you write matters, so take care of you to uplift your work.
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