How to Breathe New Life in Your Writing Career by Patrick Greene
With the year in its final month, amidst the holiday shopping, card mailing, and festivities, most of us are contemplating our outlook for 2017. Our guest post today is an excellent tool with plenty of tips to revive your writing as 2017 approaches.
Patrick works as a contributor at https://www.essaytwist.com. He is a former editor of a small town newspaper publishing. He is an avid fan of social media, and runs his own page for writing enthusiasts for his college. With the rising clamor for healthy living, Patrick immersed himself with water sports.
How to Breathe New Life in Your Writing Career
The most horrifying thing that could happen to a zestful activity is to be mundane. When we engage in a particular activity for the first time, we often have blazing starts. Remember how productive and strong-willed you were in the first few weeks of your internship?
However, when we feel that things get routinary, that’s where the problem starts. It feels as if we’re dragging ourselves to do what needs to be done – the clock ticks slower and lunch breaks seem very distant.
The same goes for writing. Writing, in its burdensome state, is a tedious process requiring careful evaluation and analysis. There’s sufficient reason why the newspaper reporting job ranks 9th in the most stressful jobs for 2016 by Business News Daily.
Freelance writers, bloggers, copywriters, and novelists all want to use vacation breaks had they been awarded such. Here are the following tips to breathe new life when writing appears lackluster.
Avoid accepting hourly projects
I’ll pay you $80 for a movie review blog for an 8-hour work.
Sounds enticing? Kind of. This bait even works more effective for neophyte and unproven writers.
What hourly rates have to do with our energy and motivation?
Working for projects on an hourly basis restricts our freedom like an employee who works a nine-to-five job. How? It’s because most of the time, we can finish the writing project ahead of the given the time. We could’ve spared that remaining time for another engagement, but we opt to be caged in slavery.
Planning to sneak in other work? That’s hard when the hirer required you to install automatic screenshot softwares. To compound the frustration, he may also require you to do other related tasks since it’s still within the stipulated time.
Understand that time is money in writing. You have to conserve yourself. Work on a project basis and promise to deliver the same quality. When you already met your quota for the day early, that gives you more time for family cuddles that surely takes the stress off.
Remind yourself of the mountain top
The mountain top equals your ultimate writing vision. It’s where you want to be at the end of your writing career. Is it getting published, dictating you rates, or having endless devoted clients? Whatever it may be, always remind that to yourself when you can’t muster motivation.
You can never tell if that extra push you exerted on a client may just open doors for rehires or referrals. As a testimony, I missed the most opportunities on days I preferred not to write.
Get out of your comfort zone
It’s an overused expression, but it has worked wonders for me. There were times I passed on writing projects for I thought those were long shots. I didn’t believe in myself, and I chose to stick to writing subjects that I’m more comfortable writing.
What good it yielded me? Some safe payments from satisfied clients. However, I became stagnant. I asked myself if my current writing level is already my ceiling.
Exploring other writing styles, personas, vantage points, and niches surely help. It doesn’t only promote learning, but also renews our interest in writing. Our efforts and curiosity surely skyrockets when we’re mentally challenged. Rejections surely sting, but we pick up knowledge from those.
Sticking with your comfort zone is like watching cartoon episodes all day. It gives us the benefit of pleasure, but it wouldn’t get us anywhere as opposed to the big boys in television (e.g., CNN, Bloomberg, Street Signs, etc.).
Change the pace or setting
All of us write best in different circumstances. One thing that usually makes us suffer is writer’s block. It’s that period when we run dry of plausible remarks, making us discouraged. Quit forcing the issue.
Identify your best writing time. It doesn’t only save you time, but also from frustrations. For me, I usually write best –and fastest –at night.
Meanwhile, there are times that you need a change of scenery. Have you grown weary of the four walls enclosing your writing room? There are lots of places inside your home (or outside) that can be viable substitutes. Pairing it with soothing music or awe-inspiring environment helps.
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Engage in activities you deprived yourself
A writing career is undeniably taxing. You can even reach the point of sacrificing activities you used to do just to get by deadlines. As a result, you get stressed and started questioning if there is more to life outside your word processor.
These are the following activities you tend to miss on that you need to bring back, to give your mind –and writing – a facelift.
- Exercise. A brisk walk strengthens brain power and fights stress.
- Vacation. Low-cost trips are all over the Internet. It’s just a matter of making time. Don’t cheat on yourself though by doing a work vacation.
- Eating out with loved ones. This makes you feel great about your writing job and the little joys in life.
- Sleeping. No pun intended –the benefits of a good night sleep cannot be discounted.
- Blinking often. We blink our eyes less when we’re in the heat of writing. Such makes us more prone to headaches and eye strains.
- Meditating. Yoga is a good ritual to start off our day on the good note.
Boredom, as claimed by many, is just a state of mind. But with actionable tips like what we’ve discussed, you can combat it intelligently. Remind yourself of your goals in life when the going gets tough. Working hard has never been a crime, right?
Let me part ways with you through this witty remark from Virginia Woolf:
Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
But before you can give away millions, build yours first.