Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Sustaining Yourself As A Writer


What can we do to sustain ourselves as writers? This is a real question right now, as we deal with outside influences such as the current pandemic and a make or break election for our country. We need to sustain ourselves as individuals, to keep a balance with all things in life, and to be our own self-support. We need to have a passion for writing, and we need to write consistently. 

What can we do to keep ourselves motivated, and keep the words flowing?

  • Start writing - start the words flowing. We can go back and fine-tune them, but we need to have something to fine-tune.  
  • Use a writing prompt. This can be something that you make up yourself, or you can find them on the Internet. If you are in a writing group, you can share prompts with each other,
  • Keep a journal - any kind of journal. When you are not thinking about what words need to go next, amazing ideas pop out unannounced!
  • Free-write - set a time for a specific amount of time (you get to choose how much time you want to write), set a timer, and start writing. Keep writing until the timer goes off. It doesn' have to make sense - just write!
  • Don't even try to be perfect on your first (or even second) draft. You will end up with something that is perfectly spelled and punctuated - and boring as all get out!
  • Write every day. Be consistent.
  • Set aside time to read something that interests you.
  • Set up a space that is conducive to writing. The desk in my office is angled to face the door, which faces the living room. Looking up occasionally is a good way to ground and center myself. And to keep track of whatever my cats might be doing!
  • Interact with other writers - whether it is in person, or online.
  • Respect your writing - treat it as your job, because it is. Yes, it is also your passion, but that passion needs to support you!
  • Set small, achievable goals.
Wishing you all great success with your writing!

(c) November 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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