Tap, tap, tap -- that is the sound of your creative fingertips hitting the keyboard.
As writers, we spend our days and nights hovering over our keyboards, pouring our ideas into a machine that will hopefully make sense of all that is going on in our brains. And don't get me wrong -- it is a wonderful life -- but sometimes we look up to see that we have veered off track. Or perhaps we have worked so hard on a piece that maybe we aren't quite so passionate about it anymore. I've been there before, and I am sure you have, too.
How can we stay on track, writing about those things which keep us passionate, when we must write for a living, day in and day out? Below you will find five tips to keep you passionate in your writing.
5 Tips to Keep You Passionate About Your Writing
- Stay in your lane: To stay passionate throughout your writing career, it's important that you know the topics you enjoy writing about, and you stick to those topics. When we venture off into writing about things that don't fully interest us, we risk losing our luster for our craft.
- Define your writing qualities: What formats of writing do you enjoy most? Blog posts, email marketing campaigns, fictional short stories? Be sure you have a clear definition of the types of writing you are willing to take on, and stick to your standards!
- Create a mission statement: Now that you know what topics you are passionate about, and what forms of writing you will spend your time crafting, it's time to connect to your bigger vision and mission in life. Why do you spend your time writing this stuff? Craft a mission statement that will help you pull it all together and keep you going strong when you begin to waiver.
- Remove the roadblocks: We all have these -- the overcommitments, limiting beliefs, emotional reactions, and unresolved issues. The important piece of staying passionate in any line of work is to work through the obstacles as they surface, not bury them deeper within. As writers, I believe working through our "stuff" gives us more fodder to write about. People want authenticity and transparency. Your readers will resonate with you if you expose the problems you are having and how you have worked through them.
- Weed out negativity: Whether it's negative thoughts, negative people, or negative situations, they all gotta go! Laser focus on what you want your life to look like, both your work life and the other parts,too, and then create the wide-open, positive spaces needed for that vision to become a reality.
Arm yourself with these five strategies so you can continue living and writing passionately. Tap, tap, tap...your keyboard is waiting on you.
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