Write Over Simple Pleasures
Pursuing your writing passion is no easy task.
To use the redundant cliché if writing were easy, everyone would be doing it. If pursuing any passion were easy, we’d all be successful.
Pursuing writing involves sacrificing simple pleasures, as does any passion.
You have to ask yourself whether or not you’re ready for undergoing such an awesome task.
You’re investing a lot of hours into this.
Sacrifice is one thing people hate making. We think we can pursue passion as an add-on, and it’s not true. You can’t just add your writing to pleasures.
Friday night happy hour?
Going to a weekend party?
You have something else to work on.
Sleeping in on weekends?
Not in your near future.
You have something better to pursue.
Use Your Day Job
Use your day job as motivation. If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like being in, are miserable in your career, or just believe you’re worth more than what you are, use your day job as motivation to pursue writing.
Would you rather be in an office cubicle or are you craving for the home office complete with forested or beach scenery you can gaze into?
The answer is simple.
Would you rather see your dream realized or work really hard to make someone else a lot of money and help them realize their dream?
Another simple answer.
Do you want to fight traffic to work each day, be required to be somewhere, clock in on someone else’s time, work in a profession that may even be pointless, fight traffic on the way home, and be grateful for the opportunity?
Again, the answer is simple.
How would you like to make your own schedule, do something you find purpose in, and be your own boss?
Very, very simple.
Use your job as motivation to leave your current situation and visualize where you want to be. Do this every time you need motivation to write, and the motive will be endless.
Set Time Aside
Make yourself a writing schedule and stick to it!
This is the number one rule in consistency.
For someone who works as a personal trainer, it’s identical to carving out a workout time for clients.
Pick one time and stick to it. If you’re an early riser, wake up an hour earlier. If you’re a night owl, go to bed an hour later.
You just added one hour to write each day during the week.
Stick to your schedule.
I’ve seen many instances where people carve out time for a week only to revert to their old habits.
It’s where the day job comes in!
Hate where you are?
Think about your day job every single morning.
It’s motivation enough.
Or, if your life happens to be so hectic where on rare occasions you can’t write during the week, you still have weekends available.
If you’re busy on weekends or on your off days, the same tactic mentioned above should apply. Find a time to write either in the morning or evening and you’ll be set. On your days off, you may find even more times to write.
Set Goals and Write Them Down
Reason number two why people give up is they don’t have a single goal.
Is your goal to start a blog and contribute to it daily?
Or, maybe you’ve wanted to write a novel the last five years?
Set two types of goals: short-term and long-term. Get a calendar, place it somewhere you’ll see it daily, write in it both short and long-term goals.
Give yourself a weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly goal.
You can write a novel of thirty chapters. Write two chapters a week, which means in four months, a first draft is complete.
Edit the entire work in month five.
Rewrite the novel for four more months, where the half-year goal is starting on your second draft.
In month ten, edit the work a final time.
Proofread the work and design the cover in month eleven.
And by month twelve, the book is written.
But don’t wait. Start writing your goals now!
And it can be anything, as long as it’s related to pursuing writing.
Build the Tribe
We’ve talked about sacrifice, using your job as motivation, setting aside time, and writing our goals.
But, this entire time you have to build a tribe. Build a platform. Find like-minded readers and writers in your niche genre.
If you write fantasy as I do, connect with fantasy writers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or even locally if you have like-minded writers living in your area.
Find readers in the same genre, too, and they’re everywhere. Look at the amreadingfantasy hashtag, for example, and you’ll find numerous examples if you’re a fantasy writer. The same rules apply if you’re writing thrillers, romance, whatever your niche genre is.
Be engaging, post often on your social platforms. Communicate with your audience as I’m doing here. The more writers and authors interact with their readers, the more likely it is they stay with you for the long run, and readers love communicating with their favorite authors.
Blog about topics of value and post info relevant to your niche genre and of course, to writing. Drive traffic to your site via SEO and social media and let people know who you are.
You’re a writer, you’re a creator, and you’re going to be an authority in the field if you follow these tips and tips from other successful writers and authors.
Writing isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Writing requires sacrifice, time, energy, and repetition. No one’s writing is perfect early on, and people may question your motives, but by using your job as motivation, especially if it’s not the field you want to work in, nothing can stop you.
Sacrifice, use your day job as motivation, find time, set goals, and build your tribe. Stay up to date with current trends, write relevant work, and you will succeed.