The best way to make sure you’re writing gets done is to give yourself a deadline.
Wanting to write a book, or get some other writing task done, is a great starting to point. Knowing why you want to write is a good internal motivator. The problem most writers have is a lack of external motivation.
Getting published provides external rewards in the long-term, but short-term motivators are what makes us get things done now in order to reap those rewards later.
Writing a book hs many steps to it if you’re following an outline. Breaking down those steps into smaller tasks will help you meet your goal…if those tasks have deadlines.
Tasks without deadlines make it seem like you have all the time in the world to finish it. But you don’t. We’re not promised tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?
If you’re focusing on the task of creating sub-chapters, for instance, decide how much time it should take you and set date to have it completed.
Of course, this method doesn’t work without a reward. If, and only if, you succeed at completing your task by the deadline, you should reward yourself with something you find fun.
Make the reward something that you love doing or eating. Make it something you can’t pass up.
Rewarding yourself for meeting personal deadlines takes a lot of self-discipline. For those who aren’t very strong-willed, I always suggest getting an accountability partner.
Choose someone who will hold you accountable for your actions, or lack there of. If you’re serious about your writing then get serious about getting the writing done…and soon!
P.S. – “soon” is not a deadline.
Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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