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Staying motivated


Your writing can be a very exciting thing to take part in and a lot of days you will find yourself reaching for your computer with eagerness. However, this might not always be the case. This is a job where there can be times that you aren’t so excited to get to work, but it’s important to stay motivated so you can stay on schedule and get things done.

Motivation can be an issue in nearly any position as there will always be tasks that you enjoy performing more than others. Even if you have a job you would consider enjoyable, there are portions of it that will seem like a lot of work because that’s really what it is. Writing will be no different. You may enjoy the brainstorming phase but dislike outlining or you may look forward to talking with others about the story you’ve created but detest editing.

The tasks you don’t enjoy will still need to be performed, so it’s important that you are able to get through them so your efforts in other areas can really shine. To stay motivated with the tasks you’d rather not do, think about where your work will be once they are finished. Focus on the final product and how these tasks will enhance your work. It’s important to stay positive so you are able to use the momentum left over from other tasks and the excitement about future ones to power through this.

It can also be helpful to break down undesirable tasks into smaller portions. This can help them seem more manageable so they don’t appear quite so daunting. It can also help you get a better sense of the progress you are making when tackling them. Breaking things down helps to give you an estimated end date as well, so you can anticipate a future when the tasks are behind you.

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