Keeping Up Momentum is the Key to Writing

Cheney Meaghan Giordano

I had this whole thing going with my writing for the last ten days and everything was working out great until one day I changed up my routine, and now I feel like I’ve lost my momentum.

I had been writing two posts a day and then scheduling them to publish the next morning, and I was feeling more productive and creative than I had in months…

But then, for some reason, I stopped.

I got distracted, I watched TV, I went out for dinner…

One day, I just didn’t write the two posts for scheduling.

I only wrote one.

Then, I was behind and feeling bad about it, and the feeling bad led me to feeling like some kind of imposter that couldn’t be a “real” writer because I couldn’t stick to my routine, and those dark thoughts kept me from writing one post to schedule for the morning.

So, that’s why this morning I had nothing reading to publish, and I realized how important keeping up momentum is important for writers.

Once you’re on a roll, you want to keep on rolling.

It’s a law of science that an object in motion stays in motion unless it’s acted upon by an outside force, and if you’re on a roll with writing, that outside force that stops you is your own self.

It’s tough to hear and sad to say, but if you stop writing after you’ve been on a roll for a while, it’s because for some reason you are getting in your own way.

Maybe it’s the FEAR.

Maybe it’s resistance.

Maybe it’s plain old apathy and laziness or paying too much attention to your “background noise” of Desperate Housewives re-runs. Ahem.

Whatever the case may be, it’s best to stick to your routine if you have a good one and do whatever you can to not let anything else get in the way if writing daily is your goal like it is mine.

Make a routine and stick to it.

My routine was writing two to three posts a day and scheduling them to publish the next day so that I would always be “ahead” with my writing.

I was doing great, I was feeling confident, and then I let crap get in the way.

If you find yourself starting to stray from your routine, check yourself:

Ask yourself what it is that is holding you back from getting your writing done and reaching your goals.

Is it the obligations of family and parenting?

If so, maybe you have to rearrange your time so that you are writing when you are least likely to be interrupted.

Are you getting distracted by reading online, watching TV, playing on your phone, or some other time waster?

Remind yourself that you have priorities, and get to work on them.

No one is begging to read your writing, so you are the one who has to make yourself put your butt in the chair and do it despite the obligations and distractions that can get in the way.

If you really want to do it, you can do it.

Celebrate your writing wins.

One way to keep on writing every day even when you don’t feel like it or when life gets in the way is to remind yourself how rewarding it is to set a goal and achieve it.

I don’t believe that you have to write every day to be a “real writer” but if you keep up the momentum in your writing and write every day, you will certainly feel like one…because you will be one.

You are, in a way, what you do, right?

It’s important to recognize that every little thing that you add to your body of work is making you a better writer.

Some things might flop, some things might take off unexpectedly and earn you extra fans and good feelings, but at least if you are sticking to a routine you are writing anyway.

You are keeping up the momentum, which makes it even easier to keep going when things don’t work out well.

Just keep writing.

Figure out what sort of schedule works for you and stick to it.

Then reap and celebrate all the rewards that come your way.

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Salem, CT

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