5 Ways To Look At Writing Differently

Preparing for Success

I’ve set out on this journey many times before with varying levels of success. I’ve even written a minimum of 500 words every day for a year in the past. But even that year, I didn’t manage to keep going after that.

1. Know that it’s a long-term commitment, but focus only on today

I’m only 16 days into a 365-day run. If I look at it from that perspective, it seems overwhelming, daunting, and impossible. But if I look at it from the perspective of one day at a time, it becomes a lot more manageable.

2. Keep reminding yourself that you can’t see the future

I love to remind myself of this one, because of how much possibility it holds within it.

I don’t know what the future holds, and in the not knowing is where all the excitement and thrill lies.

With every piece you write, you don’t know who it will reach, who it will touch, and who it will inspire. You don’t know who needed to read it at the exact moment they came across it. You don’t know who it has the ability to help, comfort, or encourage. And you don’t know the impact your words might have.

3. Celebrate the small wins, but don’t fixate on them

Take a moment to be grateful when somebody reads, claps for, comments on, highlights, or shares some of your writing — but don’t make that your focus.

4. Remember why you’re writing

On those days when I’m tired, grumpy, distracted, or just plain uninspired (likely when nothing’s really happening with my writing and all my efforts seem to be going nowhere), I have to remember why I write.

5. Care about your writing, but don’t expect others to

Yes, we all want readers and fans and people who follow us and promote our work for us. But before we can get to that point, we have to be and do all of those things for ourselves.

I have to love and care for my own writing before anyone else will. Then, and only then, will others start to take an interest.

The Key To Success

By looking at writing in these ways, it totally changes how I feel about it.

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