ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM A LACK OF MOMENTUM? Do you suffer from a lack of momentum on Monday mornings? Many writers actually do. But they all know that they have to get to work, and the more successful the writer is, the more she knows that she just has to work anyway, whether or not she feels like writing. People in many professions feel the same way on Mondays. They don’t feel like going into work. But the alarm goes off in the morning, summoning the beginning of a new day and a new week. And the writer’s life is no different, I am afraid. In fact, in many ways, writers have to be even more disciplined with their work time. In order to be successful, writers have to write consistently. In other words, they have to put in the time at their desk writing new material, polishing and revising and just simply trying to get some projects completed. Unless they do this, they will not be successful or have anything to show for their work at the end of the week, month or year. So, whether or not you feel like writing this morning, get up and go to your desk anyway. Take out your planner of activities for the day and start doing the first thing on the list, and then the second, and then the third. That in itself will build momentum and you feel much more confident as a writer. ~ Happy writing! ~ Irene

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  • Douglas Glenn Clark
    September 13, 2010 - 9:55 pm · Reply

    Good advice, Irene. I also find it helpful to time myself (with a kitchen timer) do stay concentrated for 33 minutes at a time. Sometimes this keeps me focused for short bursts, after which I stretch, drink tea — and then set the timer again. Also…forgive the sports analogy…but NBA great Julius Erving(Dr. J)once said, being a professional means doing the thing that you love even when you don’t feel like it. ’nuff said.

    • irenesroth
      September 27, 2010 - 12:58 am · Reply

      Hi Douglas! How great to hear from you! I’m so glad that you time yourself too. I find that I am very productive that way. I love your quote from Julius Erving. That is great advice! Please visit again! Irene

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