Motivation is the key to all personal and professional success. Staying motivated when doing any task is essential for its successful completion. This principle is true in every aspect of life and applies to writers and writing in some specific ways.
Writing is art painted with words on the canvas of paper. Writing can be an exercise of creativity, expression and a reflection of the inner life. Writing holds many rewards and rich experiences. Many forget that writing is not simply a matter of inspiration but also is a matter of extremely hard work. Writing on the long term requires motivation to continue the pursuit and determination to never give up when things get tough.
While writing is hard work and motivation is essential to long-term success, one question seems to remain. How does a writer remain motivated in the midst of discouragement and setbacks? How can a writer stay motivated when writing?
Remind yourself why you write
Every writer creates and composes their work for various reasons. Some people write merely to get their thoughts down on paper, others write because of a personal need, and a few do so for a living. One crucial factor in writing is knowing why you write. A vision of writing helps provide clarity for completing projects. Reminding yourself why you write can provide incredible motivation when discouragement comes.
Work little by little
Being motivated to work a little each day is better than feeling overwhelmed by writing projects. One can produce all of their ideas in one sitting. A writer that can produce everything they think of is either, writing poorly or has few ideas. The key is to work on those ideas as time permits. Making the time to write is essential for long-term success. However, write when you are able. Many writers have been successful writing in as little as half an hour per day. Make writing a priority but do not forget that there are other responsibilities. Write when you can, where you can and as often as you can.
Create a system of rewards
Writers can remain motivated when writing by creating a system of personal rewards for completing projects or specific goals. The reward should be something that encourages the writer to keep striving and pushing to complete the tasks in front of them.
Stay focused on the task of writing
Once the writer strikes out on a task, they need to stay with it. Focusing on one specific task or set of tasks makes the work of writing easier. It also helps the writer remain motivated to complete projects. Avoid distractions that might minimize the effectiveness of writing. Motivation grows as projects are completed step by step.
Diversify style and content
Another means of motivation is to write various styles of articles or fiction to break out of any routines that might make writing stale. If a writer always writes non-fiction, taking time to write a short piece of fiction can help stimulate creativity for further projects. Perhaps, writing an article about a subject that is not normally part of the favored genre. Do something out of the ordinary and be creative. Taking time to explore other writing venues can motivate writing in new and different ways.
Writing is hard work and takes effort and creativity. Staying motivated is half the battle to writing success. Working through the lulls of discouragement become easier when writers focus on why they are writing, remain focused on specific tasks, and strive to work even a little at a time. Writing words on paper does make anyone a writer. Making the effort to stay motivated may make someone a great writer.