Staying motivated is not achieved accidentally. It is a systematic, deliberate process of deciding what your goal is and staying disciplined to achieve it. Believe me.
I’ve been there. You’re midway through your long novel and suddenly you feel the lack of inspiration. A week of no writing can quickly shift to two weeks and then a month. One of the most important aspects of staying motivated is the ability to visualize your path and stay focused on your goal until you reach it.
Here are three tips you can use to stay motivated while writing a long novel.
The Sooner the Better
I always tell myself the sooner the better. The sooner you get started on writing the novel the better you can visualize your plan to reality. Remind yourself that writing feels good. You can keep a note of it in your journal. Mental pictures are a mechanism to lead you down to success. The highest mountain you’ll climb in writing is procrastination.
Procrastination is a self-defeating behavior that develops due to low self-esteem and a fear of failure. Your imagination is like a preview of your future. Overcoming procrastination is the first step in helping you write your long novel. You must
Small Steps Lead to Big Victories
Which would you prefer? Would you prefer to write 200 words a day or try to write 10,000? The 10,000 would be awesome. Realistically, you burn yourself out. It could take you longer to write a novel. However, the key part I want you to take away from this is that you don’t need to write a large number of words every day.
Break your writing into small pieces. You can aim to write a chapter per day or at least five pages. A small number of steps done over time are more manageable than one large task that can leave you feeling winded. You’ll be astonished at how much you can get done if you concentrate on one thing at a time instead of cluttering your mind with multiple tasks.
Keep It as a Habit
Habits are a part of discipline. It’s because forming habits keep you on track. A habit can lead to big rewards in the end. Imagine, in just 20 days, you could build yourself a productive and enjoyable habit. I’d say save at least an hour a day. Go to a quiet place where you can think and write in leisure.
Distraction is brutal, but a part of day-to-day life. You’ll make remarkable progress by refusing to let others interrupt you during your writing time.
Whatever the reason you are struggling to write a long novel or you feel demotivated, remember that it’s a process. Give yourself a vision that you know will keep you motivated.
I know you got this!