Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just getting started in this business, you probably have days where you think you can never do it. Everybody does. Here are some practical little steps to take that will help you succeed.
1. Feed your creative soul often by looking at beautiful things. Use a microscope to find the inner beauty in a piece of apple skin or touch a scarf out of the softest yarn you can find. Revel in the tactile beauty.
2. Set yourself up for success every day. On your to-do list put easy as well as hard writing chores to do and cross them off as you finish. Lots of crossing off makes you see how much you are doing, thus warming you up to do more.
3. Sign up for Twitter and find other writers. You won’t feel so isolated. They know the drill and they’ll make you laugh as they tell their stories. Get out and connect.
4. Find a writing group either online or in person. You can see what others are writing and learn from the group’s discussions.
5. Go to conferences and connect with other writers. I’ve been to two conferences this year, both of which have energized me. I’ve met editors and agents, published authors and wannabes, and the whole process has helped me hunker down and do yet another edit. (Misery loves company?)
6. Set goals for your long pieces and stick to them. Eventually you’ll finish. I mean the kind of goals where you say you’ll write 2 hours a day, not the kind where you say you’ll have a book written in a year. Make the goal small and attainable and the larger goal will just happen.
7. Surround yourself with positive, successful people in the writing world and tell yourself you can make it, too. If you work hard enough, you can! I cannot stress this one enough. Get away from the naysayers and those who don’t feed your creative soul.
What tricks do you use to stay positive? Have you ever let the negative stuff flow in order to reach deep inside you for your writing? Consider leaving a comment to tell about it.