How to Build Momentum Towards Your Writing Success
Written By William Ballard, Professional Writer and Author
I have talked numerous times about goals and how they are so important when you are starting out and as you start hitting previously set goals.
The problem is, it is very easy to start with a bang. You are excited! You are ready to go!
However, it is a lot harder to keep going, especially when you are tired, not feeling well, having a bad day, or not getting any clients.
Fortunately, there is a way to get past these rough spots and build momentum in your writing business.
Unfortunately, the solution might not make you very happy.
The solution is you keep going, no matter what. I once heard someone say, “Don’t stop unless your rear end falls off. And if it does fall off, put it in a paper bag and take it with you.” Stopping is what kills momentum!
As I have mentioned several times before, I have met plateaus in my career and in my life several times. I have hit many goals very quickly, and sometimes failed not take time to set new goals along the way and often times I have found myself frustrated with where I am at.
However, as I set new goals, I know that I have to keep moving forward.
Here are three things that will help you maintain your forward motion:
1. Become a professional and act like one. I imagine there are days when the pros do not want to put on the uniforms and go sit in a hot dugout for yet another baseball game. However, they do it. Moreover, there are days when I do not feel like suiting up and taking client phone calls or prospecting or researching, but I do it. Because that is what professionals do.
2. Write every day! I have often been surprised to find out that some novice writers, even some old hands who should know better, very seldom write. What I mean by that is they only write for clients. They write if they have a project but do not write every day if they are not working.
Writing is like exercise: you need to do it daily – something. Even if it is a walk around the block. A journal is probably the best solution I have found to always have something to write. However, it could also be poetry … or thank-you letters … or editorials to your local paper … or to your favorite website. (Sorry, Facebook updates do not count.)
Not writing every day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. The more you write, the better writer you will become and the faster you’ll develop the quality of writing that clients are willing to pay for.
3. Always be learning. This is a variation of another phrase you have probably heard: “Always be closing.” The original idea was that sales professionals who are always in closing mode will actually close more sales.
The corollary is that writers who are always in learning mode will always have an idea, fact, or anecdote that fits the situation and allows them to create winning copy.
For instance, I read many different magazines that have nothing to do with any client work and in some cases with anything, I like. However, I will always see an article … a turn of phrase … or something that I can use in the future.
Basically, the writer who constantly learns becomes a better writer and thus a more successful writer.
Momentum is not as hard as it may seem!
Newton’s First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless halted by some external force. The problem is you are often the force that halts your forward motion.
When you instead put your energy toward staying in motion, you will build momentum like you won’t believe.