Writers are allowed to have some “off days.” This doesn’t mean that they are allowed to quit but it does mean that some days will be better than others when it comes to any aspect of writing.
There is also the thing about not getting ahead of yourself with your dreams. It’s a part of setting goals, working and building on your writing. It’s re-editing and improving all the while creating a means for people to want to come back to your blog or your Facebook page, or your twitter account. It’s developing real person relationships with your potential readers. It’s creating a new book. It’s marketing an older book to get more readers to purchase a new published book. All of these are great goals, but they can take away from your main goal of writing.
Writing is who a person is to others. It is about connection with your readers. If you are sick of writing it might mean that you are sick of the extra goals you put on yourself each day.
When a writer feels that they are sick of the writing process it can mean that they are overwhelmed. It is not an easy fix, but here are a few ways to help:
Set a small daily goal:
It’s not easy to have a day filled with plan on how to create a cover for a new book, and write 2,000 words. There is a limit to what you can do with the time you are given. If you set a goal of writing 500 words and that is it, it’s an easy goal to get to. Most writers can and do write more than 500 words in one day, and the important thing is to count them out. Using a word document helps because you can visually see the numbers.
Change your goals:
You don’t have to set a 500 word a day goal if after week you find that you are writing 1,000 words per day. Set a new goal. Maybe set the goal to write 1,500 words each day. Change is good.
Set long-term goals, and make them clear:
Saying “I want to publish a book” is not clear. Saying “I want to write 1,000 words a day on my book until I hit 80,000 words” is better. Long-term goals are important for a writer, and it’s best to have a 90 day, 120 day and 180 day plan. The more you look ahead, the more likely you can see what will work and what won’t when it comes to your writing.
These are, on the surface at least simple and common sense. These are powerful and will help you with your writing. Goals can keep you from feeling sick of writing. Goals, and changing them will help you feel creative when you don’t want to be. Writing with passion is only one part of building your writing portfolio.