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Writing can be a lonely, thankless job, filled with rejection. But it can also be very rewarding when your text resonates with people.
Ask yourself why you want to write and what do you want out of it. There’s no problem in doing it just because but a strong reason will help you persist through the dark moments until you finish your piece.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to follow advanced techniques early on. There is endless advice on writing, but in the beginning, all that matters is getting words onto the page every day.
Set small, easy to accomplish goals and build upon it. Focus not on the end result, but on the process.
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They make big goals seem manageable and achievable.
They also help you to move closer to where you want to be and a constant source of motivation.
Do this to ensure daily progress and motivation.
Because big goals can be demotivating: that burst of excitement at the beginning quickly wears off. Small wins keep your eyes on the process, not the result and help you see the progress you're making.
The reason why we don’t do anything useful with our time is that we lack self-discipline.
But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. And you can transfer that better self-discipline to achieve anything in life.
Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words.
When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.
Your cue leads to your craving, which leads to a response, that leads to your reward.
These rewards can take any form, and as your habit gets more ingrained you develop a craving for the rewa...
Writers ought to have only one response to their cues and cravings: writing!
Being a writer requires diverse activities, like promoting your list or pitching agents, but writing is still the most important of all.
Ask yourself what change of state are you seeking from writing. What you crave is not the habit itself but a change, which for a writer is often the sense of accomplishment from being a writer working toward a long-sought-after goal.