For the past Sunday, some have been yelling, “I’ll write another chapter for my novel,” or “I’ll write three articles for the website.” But by the end of the week, we’re sitting unaccomplished and unmotivated. For us to achieve our expectations, it’s necessary to have a healthy start for the week. Here are some practices to help you achieve your writing goals for the week:
Plan. Plan. Plan. It’s valuable to have an outline of foundations, ideas, and deadlines that you’re able to identify and accomplish. Your schedule doesn’t have to be grand and jammed, but it should consist of progressive plans. Not only does planning encourage our writing goals, but it also reinforces accountability. It’s a win-win situation.
Change your environment. Being in the cycle of routine can alter our creativity and also cause writer’s block. Rather than writing in the house, push to compose at the park. Instead of a noisy background, opt for silence or soft meditation music. Accustom yourself to change and adaptation.
Social media detox. In the world of influence, it’s easy to compare on social media. There are ideas, stories, and content that we digest daily - some are original and some are not. The power of influence can make one second-guess their writing styles, ideas, and aesthetics. Taking a necessary break 2-3x a week will keep you in charge of your own story.
Have fun. It’s self-explanatory. We write because we love creating a dream world for everyone to enjoy. We write because we love creating heroes, villains, and narratives for the readers to either hate or love. If you’re not having fun then you’re not doing it right.
Remember, writing doesn’t come simple. Take your time, outline your plan, and execute it.
In the words of Aaliyah, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.”