Want to build an amazing writing career? Perhaps you'd like to write a book, and see it on bookstore shelves. Or perhaps you want to launch your own copywriting business. Whatever your goals for your writing career, you can make them happen, and more quickly than you can believe.
I've been writing for over 30 years, so I know how devastating procrastination and a lack of motivation can be. Before I learned effective time and self-management skills, I gave up on projects which would have been successful, had I known how to motivate myself in those days.
Here are three tips which will help you to manage your time, and succeed at your writing.
1. Commit to your goals: and keep quiet about them. Do you have goals, or dreams? There's a big difference. A goal has a deadline, a plan for achievement, and daily tasks which help you to achieve. A dream, on the other hand, is just something you think you may want to do... someday.
So your first step in managing your time is to choose at least one dream, and turn it into a goal.
And please -- shush! Keep quiet about your goals. There's no need to share them with others. Talking about your goals (and defending them) takes energy you should save for your writing.
2. Write first, every day. You're a writer. However, life will tend to crowd out your writing, if you allow it.
Commit now to making writing the first thing you do, every single day. Get out of bed, and start writing. (Yes, you're allowed to take care of necessities first, and you can grab a cup of coffee.)
You'll discover that when you write first, even if your writing session is just 20 minutes long, you set the tone for your day. You'll be amazed that you somehow mange to find additional minutes to write.
3. Clear your mind, and relax. Do you multi-task? You may want to stop doing that. Inspiration happens when you're relaxed, not when you're rushed.
I hate the term "muse", but there's no other term I can think of for the still, quiet whispers of inspiration. Clear your mind, and listen to them.
So there you have three tips, which will help you to manage your time, and succeed at your writing. You'll be amazed at the difference they make.
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