My Journey as a Writer documents my journey as I rediscover my love of writing, and push forward into a new career path. Watch for new posts on Mondays and Thursdays.
Part 7 includes –
- Keep the momentum going
- Too many projects – finish something
- Don’t find time for writing – make time for writing
- Have a routine
- Have fun with it
Keep the momentum going
Momentum is something you want on your side. Whenever you hit momentum or a hot streak, I say keep going as far as you can. You don’t know when you’ll get another wave of momentum. Life happens. Things come up, and priorities change. The excitement of a new writing project can quickly fade. A powerful idea needs kindling, or it will burn out.
Too many projects – finish something
–“How do plead to the charge of too many writing projects going on at one time?”
–“Your Honor, I plead 100% guilty.”
I’m guilty of this. I have way too many writing projects going on at the moment. I would list them all, but I’m not even sure if I can remember everything without going back to my notes. Is it better to have too many or not enough? I’d say it’s better to get things done.
If you find yourself with more projects pending than completed, the wall can start to build up around you. Have a finish line in sight, and make an effort to finish something. Don’t revise something to death, either.
Don’t find time for writing – make time for writing
I think this is important for anything, especially writing. You won’t magically find time in your schedule for anything. Instead, you have to make time for it. Many people like to write first thing in the morning. It’s often a quiet time with little interruptions before the chaos of the day takes hold of your sanity. I’m not quite this disciplined yet. I’d love to get up an hour early and write before I start my day. But, that would mean going to bed an hour earlier.
I often write during my lunch break at work. It’s more productive than mindlessly surfing the internet, and it’s a midday point where I can recharge. I sometimes write in the evenings, as I way to unwind from the day.
Have a routine
Along with making time for writing, it helps to have a routine for it. Whether it’s a specific time of day, a particular part of your office, or even a special pen and notebook, have something in place that helps build a routine around your writing. You’ll start to associate the routine with the act of writing.
Have fun with it
The moment it starts to feel like work, you probably won’t enjoy it as much. Of course, even writing for fun or as a hobby still takes effort.
Find ways to have fun with it.
- Keep track of your word count and make a game of it.
- Find an accountability partner or writing buddy to help keep you on track.
- Write about something that genuinely interests or excites you.