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Lower Your Expectations (For Now)

Lower Your Expectations (For Now)

It takes practice, time and some luck, to write a great story. Settle for a non-perfect story for now.

When you sit down to write your first story, it might not be very good. But later, you’ll edit and rewrite it to make it better. 

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Celebrate Progress

Many writers don’t celebrate when they succeed because they get too eager to pursue their next goal.

To cement writing as a habit in your life, reward yourself each time you do it, celebrating the fact you are making progress, the fact that you are creating, celebrate that you are writing.

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Write For Just Fifteen Minutes

Professional writers rarely write for more than five or so hours a day because writing is mentally exhausting. This means you can get a lot done in a short amount of time.

You might not have five hours to write, but almost everyone has fifteen minutes. To keep yourself focused as you write, consider writing with a timer.

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Make It Social
  • Befriend other writers. Online forums, writing classes and local critique groups are good starting places.
  • Share your writing, whether it is by sending it to a friend, posting on your blog, or self-publishing.
  • Go to a writing conference to learn more about the craft and connect with other writers
  • Don’t believe in the “loner writer” myth. Most writers have a network of creative people who inspire, encourage, and support them.

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Stop Checking Email

Many use email as a to-do list, which leaves them reacting to life instead of living it according to goals.

It’s difficult to write when you’re checking email every five minutes. Don’t check emails during your daily writing time.

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Writing And Priorities

If you feel too overwhelmed for writing, list your goals in order of importance. Maybe writing is not your top goal and you are wasting energy thinking you should do it because you haven’t realized it.

If writing is near the top of your list, you need to decide what else can be let go. Get clear on your focus, say no to the things that are less important, and then follow through.

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Starting To Write

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.

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Writing Daily

To build a habit of daily writing, try to get three pages of writing done every day. It can be about anything and it’s important that you write all without editing or censoring.

Daily writing can be used to clear your mind, think out loud and troubleshoot problems, thoughts and anxieties. But before you start, figure out why you personally want to write more often as this will help push you forward when things are tough.

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Common Obstacles To Writing
  • You’re busy: separate 5-15 minutes to write, first thing in the morning, and stick to it.
  • You’re intimidated: The important thing is to start.
  • You’re not motivated: Commit to writing to an accountability group and report to them if you wrote or not.
  • You’re distracted: Close all programs but the writing one.
  • Nothing to write about: Spend some time during the day thinking of what to write. Exercise, going to bed, the shower, and your commute are good times to do this. 

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