#1 Remember the reason you’re writing in the first place: A feeling of accomplishment? Communicate to people? Personal gain? One small step closer to your bigger passion?
#2 Have fun: Ask yourself, “What can I do to make the writing I am doing more enjoyable?” Try being even more creative with “vlogs”. These are short videos based on each of your “blog” writings. You can use an iPhone, Android or, of course a video camera.
#3 Re-Focus: I am a big believer in “not reinventing the wheel”. If you are frustrated with the approach you have been taking, try a new and fresh approach to your writings. Read other blogs, articles, books, etc.; you can be inspired, and become re-focused at the same time.
#4 Step-by-step: In order to not become overwhelmed by the larger task at hand, split tasks into smaller goals and celebrate each goal once you reach it. For example, if your goal is to write an entire novel, set a goal of writing one chapter at a time, or just writing for one hour at a time, and celebrate when you’ve done it. My wife is in the process of pulling together an eight-hour teaching, so she celebrates herself after each hour she finishes. She has become more motivated and inspired by breaking it up.
#5 Celebration: Once you’ve reached a goal, make sure you take time to reward yourself. I am big on celebrating. I write in my office or sometimes at my favorite local java house. When I arrive at the java house, I start writing for one hour, then I get myself something to drink, like a hot and tasty cappuccino. It’s valuable to recognize progress; you will enjoy the journey so much more!
Question of the day:
What steps help you in your writing? I (we) would love to hear your thoughts on what inspires you to write more.