Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stands true to the adage, ‘Some stories stay forever’.
Studies indicate that we are better off, focusing on the small steps that will get us to reach our target and the short-term goals we can celebrate along the way.
It is fun to dream of the result but focusing entirely on that big dream can cause you to become discouraged and stop writing because that dream is too far away. We are generally more motivated by the process of achieving short-term goals, which increase our sense of self-efficacy.
For writers, the big dream is often Crystal Clear.
The best helpful nib—is focusing on the steps we can take now to get to the target and make sure those steps are small enough and one at a time.
Many writers struggle to find the time to write, though time itself isn’t the issue. The problem is that these writers have set the bar so high for themselves, in terms of establishing a writing practice, that they inevitably disappoint themselves.
More often, writers fail to meet those goals because they are trying to get there too quickly.
Let’s see some steps to establish a good writing practice—
*Make writing a priority. Life is a matter of priorities. The prime thing you can do is make a list of the things that matter—start at the top and work your way down—
The only way you can write regularly is if you make it a priority.
*Make writing a priority—This might seem silly, but listing it twice means you have to do it twice. No matter what you say your preferences are, your actions may say that TV is more important to you than writing. But if the book is what gives you joy, then do it!
Do not waste your life, mindlessly doing things that do not make you happy. Prioritize a few things—like writing—that are beneficial. Later, when you have some free time, return to those activities.
*Find out what motivates you to Write– You can prioritize all you want, but you are not going to be able to make it very far if you do not have anything to write about. Figure out–why you want to write and identify a few topics that fascinate you. Write them down. Then keep coming back to them, again and again.
*You don’t have to write every day–You don’t have to write a prescribed number of words. A good writing routine is whatever works to keep you in a writing spree.
*Start small– If you’re not writing at all right now, maybe it’s not a good goal to write every day. You may be able to sustain that pace for a while, but it may not last long—and then you will end up quitting, altogether. So, start small. Put down a goal that is both ambitious and attainable—a bit more than what you are doing right now. But remember, not so much that you will get tired and give up.
*Plan to write throughout the day– Writing isn’t easy, but you can minimize your grievance and place yourself up for success by thinking about your next writing session, distributed throughout the day. Plan what you want to write about before you sit down. You will end up feeling better about what you accomplish and start to associate those positive feelings with the act of writing.
*Take a break– Many people are afraid of losing momentum on their writing projects. There is a weird idea that if they stop writing for even a day or two, they will not finish what was started. Often, this proves to be a self-fulfilling prediction. Thinking— I skipped a day, so I guess I may as well quit. That’s not a healthy thought. That novel/poem or blog post—all will still be there when you get back. So, rest and breathe. Do something you like, something that renews you. Go for a run, see a movie, grab a drink with a friend.
But don’t forget to get back at it.
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