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Staying Motivated


So, you decided to be a writer a few months ago. The literary world beckoned you with smiles and open arms. Dreams of fame and wealth buzzed around your head. Now, a few months later, however, you have hit a dead end. Drained emotionally and physically, you want to call it quits. That success you dreamed of seems nowhere in sight. Your dreams appear to have turned out to be deluding mirages. Take courage! You are not alone! The career of a writer is not a highway of roses. It has its fair share of troubles - seemingly endless rejection letters, writer's block and financial blues. Almost all writers have undergone these unpleasant and demoralizing hardships. So, hang on. Like everything else in life, these too will pass away.

Get an outlet for your frustration and resentment: Therapists say that finding an outlet for your frustration and desperation can be a great way to relieve pent up stress. Talking to a friend or an understanding coworker can ease your burden. Venting your feelings in a personal diary or a blog can also serve as a useful outlet.

Create a schedule: A schedule helps you to plan you things in advance. More importantly, it gives you a sense of control. Plan your writing for the time of day when you are most at ease. For some, this could be early in the morning. For others, it may be late at night after all of the daily chores are completed. Once you have planned the timing, try to avoid interferences, such as phone calls or ringing door bells.

Create a workspace for yourself: A workspace will give you a sense of professionalism and an environment that is conducive to writing. Free from the distractions of daily life, a workspace can comprise a computer, a few books for reference, such as dictionaries and an encyclopedia, and some stationery.

Try writing with background music: Music can have a powerful influence on our emotions. Having slow and melodious music playing in the background can help you to write. You can also play songs that you find inspirational.

Stick to a good diet and exercise regimen: Feelings of weakness can have physiological causes. Ensure that you are getting what your body needs. Exercising regularly will also refresh your mind so that you can focus better. Go on a trekking trip with friends or family. Take a break from your busy schedule to spend time with your family. A change of environment can greatly rev you up.

No matter how you feel, keep writing: You may not strike gold in the first few months. However, eventually, with hard work and perseverance, you will make your mark. Remember, that any feelings of disenchantment will not last forever. Success may come overnight from work you did not even think was significant. So, hang on. Keep writing, because passion and perseverance are the keys to success in the writing profession.



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