You want to write a lot of stuff. Indeed, you start a lot of stuff: a blog or two, an ebook, a new writing service you want to provide, a series of article proposals…
You’re a writer, so you deal in ideas, and you start projects. Sadly, you start way more projects than you finish.
How do you put it all together? This question often comes up with SYWON (Sell Your Writing Online Now) students, because they learn a lot, and they have tasks to complete every week.
Put your writing first, every day
You start by committing to writing, a lot, every day. In short, you’re prolific. I’ve discussed your five daily tasks.
Keep a daily word count goal. That’s a goal of writing you complete, every day, that’s ready to send out. My goal’s been 1,000 words a day for many years. I always exceed it. It’s low (remember, I write full-time) because it’s a goal I can complete even on my worst day, when everything goes wrong, and I have a migraine that would disable a tiger.
You need to put your writing first, because no one else will. Years ago, when my children were small, I wrote very late at night, and very early in the morning. These days, I can write whenever I please, so I write FIRST.
Putting your writing first may mean that you write during your lunch hour, or while the family’s watching TV. It may mean missing outings, and shopping trips, because you need to get your writing done.
Keep a list of current and upcoming projects — and finish them
Starting projects is easy. However, you need to be able to manage yourself when the initial enthusiasm wears off.
This means keeping an eye on your goals — creating goals, and sticking to them. I used to be hopeless at this. I’m a Gemini, and my goals changed more often than the weather. Over the years, I’ve become better at it, because I know how necessary it is.
It’s still not easy. Goals clash. You get more client work, so weeks pass before you work on your ebook. You get bored with a blog…
You need to schedule what you do, and stick to your schedule. Just as with managing your goals, sticking to a schedule gets easier with time. It becomes a habit. I wrote To Do List Power to help you to develop the habit of creating and keeping to a schedule.
Some otherwise very talented writers never complete the book they’re working on. They can’t handle a freelance career, because you need to be a self-starter. You need to finish projects, as well as start them.
Basically, it boils down to what you do every day, and keeping a schedule. Once something goes on your schedule, you stick with it until it’s done.
Sticking with your schedule becomes easier if you create a system of rewards for yourself. For example, I love reading. I became a writer because I love reading. I won’t allow myself to read until I’ve completed everything on my daily schedule, and have organized what I’ll do tomorrow.
I have other rewards for completing projects: a dinner with friends, or a movie, or a new bottle of Herbin ink for my collection of fountain pens…
What rewards could you create? Creating a system of rewards may work for you — try it.
In a nutshell, to put it all together, you need to put your writing first, create goals and a schedule, and then you need to give yourself carrots, rather than beating yourself with a stick. You won’t be perfect, but perfection isn’t necessary. Keep rewarding yourself, and you’ll be amazed at what you achieve.
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