Maybe you know people who want to write a book, or maybe you want to write a book yourself. Maybe you want to become a blogger or something else related to writing. But what prevents most people from writing the book they always wanted to or from becoming successful bloggers? The problem is that they do not know how to stick with writing.
It is always fun and exciting when you start something new, such as writing a book or creating a blog. However, it can become really hard to pull it through until you finish a book or establish yourself in the blogging world. There will be times you will be tired, discouraged, and unmotivated.
Most people cannot realize how hard it may get at the time they start their journey. They figure this out along the way. For most people, it is hard to proceed and find solutions that work for them. They choose the easy way which is to give up. Giving up on writing is easy while sticking with it is hard.
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How to Stick With Writing
- 1. Remember Why You Started And That You Already Started
- 2. To Stick With Writing, Plan It, Set Milestones, and Generate Ideas
- 3. Sit and Write Just For 10 Minutes
- 4. Write Even Though You Know Your Writing Is Not Your Best. Do Not Be a Perfectionist.
- 5. When You Complete a Milestone Mark it as Completed
- 6. Think of What Will Happen if You Do Not Finish Your Book, Publish Your Post, etc.
- 7. Think of What will Happen if You Finish Your Book, Publish Your Post, etc.
- 8. Write Even If You Do Not Know What Will Happen. Have Faith In The Process And Just Let It Happen.
- 9. To Stick With Writing, Try Not To Stay Away From It For Long Periods
- 10. Do Not Allow Distractions
- 11. To Stick With Writing Do Not Take Criticism or Bad Feedback Personally
- 12. To Stick With Writing, Writing Itself is Important
- 13. You Will Be Discouraged But Have to Continue Anyway
- 14. To Stick With Writing, Remember There Is No Failure Other Than Giving up
- 15. Allow Yourself to Take Breaks from Writing
- 16. Writing is Fun But is Also Work.
- Final Thoughts on How to Stick With Writing When You Don’t Feel Like it
How to Stick With Writing
1. Remember Why You Started And That You Already Started
To start writing a book or creating a new blog is the first and most scary step of the process. Just be aware of the fact you have already made this step. Be proud of yourself for having found the courage to take this step and for the progress you have made.
What have you done so far is more of what people who only dream about it will ever do. You are ready to take more steps on your path and any of these extra steps means you are making progress.
To remember the reason that made you start will help you stick with writing since it can push you forward all these times you feel less motivated.
2. To Stick With Writing, Plan It, Set Milestones, and Generate Ideas
Set a deadline and create a plan for how much writing must take place to meet this deadline. If you are writing a book, think of your plot, write questions about your characters and answer them, make research on what you do not know.
In case you are a blogger, generate blog post ideas, make keyword research, and plan your writing hours to meet your next publishing date.
None of the ideas shared in this paragraph involves writing itself, but when applied, they can help your writing flow much easier.
3. Sit and Write Just For 10 Minutes
These days when you don’t feel like writing, just sit and say that you will spend 10 minutes with your writing. If you are writing a book, read the last 2 paragraphs or the last page you wrote. Start writing the first thing that comes to your mind that might come next to these last words you had written.
Chances are you will want to continue writing for a bit more. Even if it feels like what you write is crap, who cares? You can make it better later on. What matters the most is that you beat the feeling of not wanting to write. You might not meet your 2000 words per day goal these days, but even 100-200 words are better than 0.
If you are a blogger, just write a few thoughts about the post idea you want to create. It could be your main outline. Elaborate a bit more. It might not become a perfect blog post, but it could be a good draft on which you can work a bit more later on.
4. Write Even Though You Know Your Writing Is Not Your Best. Do Not Be a Perfectionist.
Once having written enough, every writer can understand whether the writing he produces is good or bad the moment he writes it. However, it does not always matter. To stick with writing means you accept that your writing will hardly ever be perfect.
As it is said, there is no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting. Do not wait until you write the perfect sentence to proceed with your story or your post. The perfect sentence might never be created. But to create something, even though it might not be that good, is much better than creating nothing. You can always improve it later on.
5. When You Complete a Milestone Mark it as Completed
A milestone could be something different for everyone. It could be writing 1000 words per day for your book or completing 30000 words within a month. Another milestone could be writing a blog post per day or a blog post per week. It could even be to publish 4 blog posts per month.
Whatever the milestone you set is, just put it on a calendar and mark it as completed when you make it. It provides a sense of satisfaction that motivates you to complete your next milestone.
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6. Think of What Will Happen if You Do Not Finish Your Book, Publish Your Post, etc.
Just think about it. What will happen if you do not make it? Nothing will happen. Probably nobody really cares if you never finish your book or publish your next blog post. The only person who is truly affected by this is you. Won’t you feel you let yourself down if you do not pull through what you wanted to in the first place?
Writing a book and owning a blog are both personal targets. It is something we decide to do for ourselves and only.
7. Think of What will Happen if You Finish Your Book, Publish Your Post, etc.
Imagine you hold your book in your hands. How does that feel? Isn’t it a great satisfaction?
If you do finish this book, it does not mean that you will become a best-selling author, but having finished a book is more likely to become a best-selling author than not having ever finished it.
If you publish one blog post per week in a year’s time, you will have published 52 blog posts. In two years, 104 and so on. To build a blog and gain traffic means to publish consistently new posts.
Being present when your audience is expecting you to publish is the most important thing in blogging. To build a successful blog takes time and effort and yet it might never happen, but it also might.
8. Write Even If You Do Not Know What Will Happen. Have Faith In The Process And Just Let It Happen.
This one mostly is valid when writing a book. What I have noticed while writing is that sometimes I sit and start writing while I do not know what is going to happen next. I have taken some time to know my heroes and understand how they feel and what they fight for and once they are placed somewhere, they act and they react in a way that surprises me.
It is amazing how they turn from fictional characters to real people with their own thoughts, emotions, and needs. But to allow your heroes to become real, you must have faith in the writing process and let the story happen in front of your eyes.
9. To Stick With Writing, Try Not To Stay Away From It For Long Periods
Although taking breaks can be beneficial, staying away from writing for too long can detach you from your story and your writing style. If you stay away from your story for too long, you must devote time to remember where you left it, remember where your heroes were on their personal journey and where were you as a writer.
10. Do Not Allow Distractions
When you write and devote yourself to it, writing can flow. However, where there are constant interruptions, eg. phone calls, people coming to talk to you, noises that distract you, writing can become difficult and have a sense of discontinuity.
To allow me to get concentrated and away from distractions, I keep my phone in silent mode in another room and listen to instrumental music which covers all other noise I do not wish to hear while writing.
11. To Stick With Writing Do Not Take Criticism or Bad Feedback Personally
No matter how good or how bad you are, chances are that there will be people who will not like your writing or you personally. Even Shakespeare and Homer were hated by some people. Thank god they did not take it personally and stop writing.
What I mean to say is that it is most possible that you will get rough reviews and negative feedback. But being bad at something and making mistakes always means that you are doing something. There is one person who never does something bad, and that is the one who does nothing. Validate that feedback and use it to your benefit to become better.
12. To Stick With Writing, Writing Itself is Important
To stick with writing, just write, write more and more. Writing as a process can become addictive. Once you make writing a habit, you will be eager for your time planned for writing. It will become one of your needs. To stick with writing, just keep on writing.
13. You Will Be Discouraged But Have to Continue Anyway
Chances are that like all the lonely journeys of this life, there will be a point when you will feel discouraged and want to give up on writing. We all do so at some point. This is how life is also, but thankfully we keep on living it. Imagine your writing journey as life itself. It will have its ups and downs, but it definitely worths the trouble.
14. To Stick With Writing, Remember There Is No Failure Other Than Giving up
You are not a failed author when you collect rejections for the book you wrote. Stephen King’s first thriller, “Carrie”, was rejected 30 times before it finally got published. You are not a failed blogger if you have fewer views than other bloggers.
Writing books and running a blog are personal goals. You never really fail until you decide to give up on it.
15. Allow Yourself to Take Breaks from Writing
There are times we all get tired from time to time. It is a human need to seek some time off. Taking breaks can be beneficial since you can rest your mind or it could help you think of new ideas for what to write next. Taking breaks from writing itself could help you explore new alternatives.
16. Writing is Fun But is Also Work.
Writing can be really fun and you can enjoy yourself while doing so. However, writing is also a lot of work. Breaks are needed when we feel stuck or when we complete the first draft. We must return to what we have written to review it with a fresh eye,edit it and fix whatever is not working as it should.
Final Thoughts on How to Stick With Writing When You Don’t Feel Like it
To convince yourself to stick with writing when you don’t feel like it, you must remember why you started writing initially. Was it because you enjoyed the process? Because you have a story inside you, you want to share? Because you want to communicate your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world?
Whatever the reason was, at some time of your journey, you will probably start feeling discouraged. Other things might happen which will make you procrastinate your writing. You will most probably start having self-doubts. Truth is, all writers go through the same things, so you are not alone.
Believe in yourself and your abilities and enjoy writing because, most of all, it is a fun process. Sticking with it will definitely bring results that will make you proud of yourself, and these results could just be the beginning of a bigger journey.
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