Writing may seem like a good idea, until it isn’t. Isn’t it hard getting through the last couple paragraphs of an amazing work….and besides, what if no one will like it? Fear not, these steps are easy to follow, and before you know it, you’re finished!
Step 1: Determine the purpose of the writing.
Whether or not what you are writing for school or for pleasure, know exactly why you are writing what you are writing. If you don’t know why, then it’s best to understand that. If you are writing a report for work and your performance evaluation depends on it, then remind yourself of that. All writing has a purpose, even if it’s a subtle purpose.
Step 2: Determine the consequences of not getting this writing done.
For example, what’s going to happen if you don’t turn in that very important report? Will your boss not consider you for that promotion you’ve been working for? Will you regret not getting your article published? Determine the consequences and decide if you’ll be able to live with them if you do not go through with it.
Step 3: Now on the flip side, what will happen if you do finish your writing?
So you finish your report for work. What will happen? Will your boss be astounded by your integrity and your handwork and possibly promote you? Will you be proud that you get an A+ on that paper? Think about the good things that will come out of that writing that you’re doing right now. Yes, it’s hard work, but aren’t the results worth it?
Step 4: Consider what’s holding you back
Everyone’s afraid of rejection. Nobody is immune to fear, nor procrastination or insecurity. We’re all human, but the winners are only separated from the losers in one big thing: they tried. They didn’t quit, or blame mistakes on others. There’s a purpose to every action, and there’s a reason why you’re here sitting in front of your computer. It’s because you want to do this, but you’re scared or lazy. Ask yourself again why you are doing this work, and then ask why are you afraid? Go through your insecurities. Take all the time you need with this step.
Step 5: The final step: Write!
So you’ve reached the end of this article, going through the whys, the hows, and the why nots. So what’s next? Write. Go ahead, take that first click of the mouse. If it’s the novel you’re writing, take it slow, form those soon-to-be-famous words. If it’s that report, take it slow, focus on the facts. If it’s an argument, look at all the evidence. Write a little, take a break. Then go back, and before you know it, YOU FINISHED!! Good job! High fives all around! Not so scary huh?
Motivation isn’t easy to come by, but little by little, when you understand why you do something in the first place, it’ll be easier to achieve. Just remember the feeling you got when you finished your last writing. Keep reminding yourself that, and everything will be alright.