Writing Rules To Keep You Motivated

By on October 30, 2020

If you find that your motivation to keep on writing is flagging lately, follow these excellent writing rules to help keep you feeling energized and determined to reach your writing goals. 

Writing is non-negotiable

It is all too easy to persuade yourself that you have more pressing priorities than writing, but this just isn’t true. If you decide that writing a non-negotiable and the time you set aside to do it is your utmost priority, you’ll not only be more productive; you’ll feel great about it too. The sooner you take yourself as a writer seriously, the better it will be for your motivation and confidence. 

Make writing a regular part of your life

While committing to your writing is one thing, the commitment has to be significant and consistent enough to ensure that you don’t find it a massive struggle every time you try to put pen to paper. By making sure that you write regularly, you will stay moving forward and keep those writing muscles flexed and limber, so you will find it easier to get into the writing flow. 

Have a space to write in

While it is not possible for everyone to have a dedicated writing space, if you can find one to make your own, it will work wonders for your motivation and commitment to writing. Even if you have to set yourself up at the dining table or on the breakfast bar of your kitchen, or even the local library, create a pleasant little workspace with all the comforts you need and eliminate all the distractions you don’t need to get things done. Doing this creates a kind of ritual around your writing, which can help give you focus, and this dedicated time to write within this unique space will help your creativity flow. 

Use time spent doing mundane activities to imagine

We can't avoid doing mundane everyday tasks like preparing food, cleaning the house, or washing dishes, but there is no reason why you can’t keep your imagination active, keep considering your story and keep plotting and fleshing out ideas while you do them. A writer should never stop writing, even if the writing is only taking place in their head, and as soon as you start to realize there are opportunities to be creative everywhere, the more exciting your writing world will become. 

Plan your sessions and plot your progress

Motivated writers tend to be organized and meticulous when it comes to creating goals, planning schedules, and allocating their time. If you want to be as effective as possible, try to have a plan for each writing session and make sure that you also have a plan to track your productivity and see how much closer you are getting to your goals. 

Create accountability

Getting a writer friend to motivate you can be really helpful. If you have a writing buddy with who you can share your goals with or a writing group to attend, you will feel more accountable and, therefore, more likely to put pressure on yourself to stick to what you have promised to deliver. 

Stay passionate

Remaining enthusiastic about your book and confident in your idea will help keep your motivation high. Keep a list of things you love about writing and your stories and look at it when you are feeling uninspired. 

Writing productivity is a combination of carving out both the time and space to write, precise, concrete goal setting, and developing a kind of consciousness about the methods you use and how they will help you achieve your goals. If you manage to do all of that, you should stay motivated and on the right track to writing success!

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