I get it. We writers are an emotional bunch. We are easily inspired. An encouraging article, the right song, or even our favorite movie scene can fire us up! But on the other side of the coin, the wind can quickly escape our sails. A conversation with the wrong person, a look at our bank account balance, or any number of distractions can result in a change in direction-- though short lived.
But, as with all things, consistency unlocks results. Here are my five personal methods for staying focused.

1. Find Your Niche
It's easy to lose motivation when you aren't fully comfortable with what you're pursuing. If I'm attempting to become a novelist and I have never successfully completed a short story, I MAY be barking up the wrong tree. There are all types of writers. Novelist are just the most popular. Do your research, compare your writing style and interest against industries/opportunities. Knowing that you're capable and well suited for the career you seek will remove doubt.

2. Find a Routine
Whether you're a full time employee, a student, a full time mom, or all three, you need a schedule. If you sew writing, you will reap writing. And in this respect, you can be all over the place. Choose prompts from a wide range of genres (fiction, creative-non fiction, copy/marketing, journalism, poetry, etc.).  This will keep you sharp and never bored. Find something to write about daily.

3. Find a motivation you can control
Don't wait for something to happen. Take the time to learn what gets your writing bug ready for take off! When do you do your best writing? At what time? At what location? After what? Think about it. Identify it. USE IT.

4. Find time to read!
Being a writer doesn't  always accompany being a reader. And even when it does, a busy schedule will force reading out the picture, expeditiously. Even if it's just 10 minutes a day, daily reading isn't a "should do", it's a "must do". Again, the genre doesn't matter. Consistently increasing your vocabulary, knowledge of language, and creativity is mandatory.

5. Find a cause 
What do you want your writing to achieve? Do you want to put a smile on a reader's face? Do you want to educate? Do you want to draw attention and funds to charities and non profits? Do you want to revolutionize a particular industry? Grab that! Grab your vision for your writing. And make it a necklace. Wear it. As a matter of fact, when you're unmotivated... look down at your chest, and see that "S".

Alright, that's it :-)

K Gordon

Published by Kamesha Hayes