P = Be Persistent
The most successful and motivated writers are persistent. They take the time to develop successful habits, get assignments, and work hard at producing quality work.
It isn’t always easy to be persistent as a writer. There is always something that comes up and that beckons our attention. Since most writers don’t live with other writers, it can be hard for them to convince their family and friends that their writing is an important commitment in their lives.
When speaking to other writers in my various critique groups and writing conferences, I discovered that being a persistent writer is one of a writer’s biggest challenges. I find that the same is the case for me in my writing life. Despite the fact that my husband IS a writer, he doesn’t want to spend endless hours writing. But I must do so in order to complete all of my writing tasks. So, this can cause tension sometimes.
Here are a few tips to become a persistent writer:
1. Keep a consistent time to write so that your family knows when you will be writing. That way they know that if it is morning or evening, you will be writing in your office.
2. Keep your writing time non-negotiable. Nothing should stand between you and actually getting the writing done.
3. After you complete your writing time, your family duties should take priority.
4. Create balance in your writing life. Balance your writing with family, friends, and other duties. Just don’t tell your family that your writing comes first. But it must if you’re going to be successful.
By following these tips, writers will become persistent. By creating structure and balance, it is easier to be a persistent writer. Try it!
Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor