The hardest thing about maintaining a consistent writing practice is staying motivated.
I don't know a writer who hasn't at one point or another thought—what's the point? Why am I doing this?
Many writers have a strange contradiction: we want to write yet we resist writing.
Recently I took a one-day workshop with screenwriting coach Corey Mandell, and he asked us this question:
Why is this your dream? What is motivating you to pursue writing?
This is a great question to ask a writer at any stage of their career. And it can help us remember why we are doing this in the first place.
All I know is that before I became a writer I had few interests and wasn't very good at anything in particular. After I took my first writing workshop when I was 20, I thought—I'm doing this for the rest of my life.
There's something about the words on the page that excites me. I'm also excited about the possibility of getting better or changing my style or moving between genres.
I haven't looked back despite the few highs and many lows. Somehow I've managed to keep trudging along. It hasn't been easy. It's mostly been hard. And the hardest thing is staying motivated.
Some Tips to Get You Going
So below are are a few tips if you are having a low moment where either you don't feel like writing or don't see the point in it.
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