A Week of Advice for Writers â€“ Day One: Pace Yourself
I just completed a major writing challenge. Over the course of one month, I published one unique piece for each of the thirty-six different topic areas that are listed here at Persona Paper – from Animals to Gardening, and from Spirituality to Politics.
A lot of people who are responding to Dawnwriter 's post about me completing her challenge say they started off well, but gave up . And that's a common problem with creative types like writers. It's easy for the initial inspiration to result in a quick burst of activity which then peters out after a short while, leaving the writer unsatisfied with her progress and feeling like a failure.
Set a Series of Attainable Writing Goals
It's best to think of most writing as a marathon , and not a sprint. Set small, attainable goals for yourself each day and each week. Break the larger task down into smaller goals – like writing one post on a different topic each week, instead of focusing on the whole thirty-six topics at once. Be careful not to ask too much of yourself, as this only sets you up for failure.
Measure Progress Regularly
Once your short-term goals are set, commit yourself firmly to at least working towards them each day. Any discipline, from diet and fitness to learning a new language, requires a consistent effort . Keep at your writing every single day, and avoid situations in which you'll be having to push yourself too hard in too short a period of time.
Celebrate Each Milestone
Check your progress informally throughout the day as you complete smaller bits of the day's goals. And then check your progress at the end of each day. This helps you see your progress sooner, and it also helps you avoid procrastinating because even a single day of slacking off will show.
Reward yourself for each milestone, however small. Recognize that even if you don't finish what you wanted to accomplish fir the day, you have still moved forward. You're doing a great job, and ou can see this project to the end!
The next article in this series will focus on getting organized in your writing . Watch for it tomorrow!
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