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From Inspiration to Self-Discipline by Irene S. Roth

Do you find yourself inspired to start a project only to find that you lose energy and don’t want to pursue the same project even a few weeks after you started it?

Do you start all guns blazing only to crash in terms of your motivational energy to complete the project?

If you answered the above questions in the affirmative, believe me you’re not alone.

It seems that inspiration is not enough for us to complete our projects. Yet, inspiration is certainly enough for us start a project. But over time, our inspiration for a project will turn flat and begin to dwindle down and our energies plummet.  That is when we will be tempted to quit this project and start another one.

What is worse, it is quite possible for us to never get back to that project, further complicating whether or not we will complete our writing projects. Obviously, if we don’t complete the writing projects that we start, we won’t be productive or successful.  And this, in turn, will undermine our self-confidence, and make us feel inadequate.

But this need not be the case if we realize that, although inspiration is necessary to start a project, we need more than inspiration to successfully complete the project. What we need is the self-discipline to complete our projects. If we have self-discipline and inspiration, then we will successfully work on our projects until completion.

Therefore, what we need to stick to a project long-term is more than the fleeting feeling or emotion that is associated with the initial high that we receive when we get a new idea to write about. We need to make a commitment to the project and to have the self-discipline to slog through all the hard times—and yes, there will be quite a few such times. however, if you just stand back for a few days and not quit, you will probably carry on quite well and complete the project.

As we all know, quitting is not conducive to success as a writer. And if you get into the habit of quitting many of the writing projects you start, you will be frustrated and unsuccessful. So, it is important to develop the self-discipline that will take your projects from inspiration to completion.

When you develop self-discipline, you won’t be tempted to quit, even when everything is going wrong, because you will have a long-term plan in place for completing this project. Self-discipline is not based on a feeling but it is based on a long-term attitude of commitment towards working hard to complete what you started, regardless what you feel at the moment.

Motivating Yourself to Write Through Mini-Challenges

Writers are always struggling to write consistently. Most writers write in large chunks and then they stop writing for days or even weeks. Even some consistent writers only write a few times a week, and then don’t even get to their office or desk for days at a time. This can scatter a writer’s thinking and levels of motivation and inspiration.

The less consistently you write, the more unmotivated you will be and the less you will produce over the long-term. And the less you produce over the long term, the less successful and inspired you will become. This can cause a vicious cycle of guilt, unhappiness and a fundamental lack of fulfillment. But what is perhaps even more problematic to your self-confidence, you will get so little done that you won’t feel confident as a writer. In order to develop self-confidence, you must write.

There are many benefits to writing consistently. I believe that writing every day, even if it is for no more than ten to fifteen minutes can work wonders in developing self-confidence as well as being productive. You can set these small consistent writing habits by setting writing mini-challenges. Through mini-challenges, you could write every day and you could be productive and self-confident.

There are quite a few benefits to writing every day, even on the weekends.

Here are a few of the most well-known ones that I have come up with over the years.

1. You will get into the habit of writing every day.

Writing consistently is the single-most-important trick of the trade to be successful. You don’t have to write a lot every day. As a matter of fact, even if you write no more than 10 to 20 words a day, this can amount to a minimum of 3650 written words a year.

2. Writing will beget writing

If you write one day, you will probably want to write the next day too. However, unfortunately, the opposite is also true.  If you don’t write for a day or two or a week or two your motivation to get back to your manuscripts and your writing is that much harder.

3. You will be building self-confidence

The process of writing consistently does something to your self-confidence. As you write every day, you form neural connections which turn into habits over time. Then these habits create dispositions in you that force you to write. As you do this, there is an instant self-confidence boost.

4. You will be getting even some writing done every day

There is nothing more rewarding than getting even some writing done every day. The word count doesn’t have to be large. But the intention to get to your desk or notebook has to be there if you are to be successful.

5. You will have something to show for by the end of the year

Most writers who write every day have quite a bit to show for by the end of the day. However, the key is that you have to write every day. There are always thousands of reasons not to write every day. But I believe if you write even a bit every day, you will write on other days too.

So, given these reasons, I believe it is of utmost importance for writers to write every day.  Not only will it develop self-discipline but you will be a successful writer. This will make you productive and give you the self-confidence to set the habit of writing.

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