We are in the second week of 2018. Everyone is excited about their goals, resolutions, and moving forward. I get many questions when it comes to starting and sticking to a regular writing practice. Some of my clients want to begin journaling where others want to finish a book. On both ends, there is an ebb and flow when it comes to writing.
If this is your year to get the pen to the page and write, yay for you!!! You set the intention, you started, now it is time to keep it up. How do we do that?
Happy you asked. These tips will help you stick to your writing practice.
- Know your Why
When you loose motivation, remind yourself of your why. If it is not aligned to your purpose you will most likely stay unmotivated. There is a reason that you want to write in the first place. Some people want to start journaling, others want to improve their writing, and some want to be published. You know your reason, it is up to you to show up for yourself and follow through. Whatever your ultimate writing goal is, as you show up the universe will support you. You are taking the steps to complete your goal and showing up in the way you said you would.
Writing prompt: Why do I want to write?
- You are writing more than you think
This is for those who are journaling a few times a week, doing some writing exercises here and there, and maintaining a practice. The thing is, you are not completing the goals you set out for yourself. You are writing, just not the way you envisioned. You can change this. During the time of your journaling or other writing exercises, tag on 10-20 minutes to work on your writing goals. Each week write the goals that you want to accomplish. Then break each goal down into mini-goals. Finally, write the mini-goals in your planner throughout the week. This is a great way to start. As you build up stamina, it will become second nature.
Writing prompt: How often do I write and where is there room for improvement?
- Write daily
If you are not writing at all carve out 5-10 minutes everyday to write. Here are some prompts that will help you begin.
- Set a timer
When you sit down to write set a timer. Another exercise that I share with my clients is to listen to a song. Then, write during the song. When it is over, you are done. It is fun to use different genres of music to see how your mood, energy, and writing changes.
Writing prompt: The musical artist that inspires my creativity is___.
- Organize your projects
We have so many goals and things to do, we can get overwhelmed. Take some time, do a brain dump. List everything on a piece of paper. Then organize your projects, goals, and create a schedule for all your tasks. This will help you visualize your tasks and feel less overwhelmed.
Writing prompt: When I feel organized I __.
- Understand your timing
Until you find a consistent flow when it comes to writing, learn how to understand your timing. Do you work better in the morning, mid-day during lunch break, or evenings? Take a week, and pay attention to the timing of your energy, inspiration, and creative peaks.
Writing prompt: I feel motivated when___.
- Set up the space
There is nothing like an awesome and motivational space. Create a space that you love for your writing. If you don’t have a lot of space, it can be a quote, photo, or affirmation that you can place in the area that you write, that will get you motivated.
Writing prompt: The items that motivate my creativity are ___.
These tips should help you start and/or continue your writing practice. Remember, be patient with yourself, have fun, and consistency is key, it will lead to big results.
Be Well. Write Well