When you first start writing, you write for yourself – you write because something inside of you would just burst if you didn’t let it find its way out onto the paper (or computer screen). Whether you start writing a novel, a poem, short fiction stories, or articles, you write because you love it.
With all the submission opportunities Dawn has been posting lately, you will know there is more to writing than just writing for yourself. However, when you start writing for money, writing is not always as easy. Writing for someone else’s requirements means you may have to modify your writing style to suit a particular audience, write to a schedule to meet a client’s deadline, or learn new writing tricks.
Writing can become like any other job – sometimes enjoyable, and sometimes just a hard slog. Maintaining your passion for writing can be difficult at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three ideas for renewing your passion for writing:
Take a Break
Everyone needs a vacation or a holiday sometimes. Take a couple of days off from writing and see if you feel refreshed for writing again. If you can’t take a couple of days off, give yourself a mental break when the going gets tough. Go for a walk and get some fresh air and exercise. When you come back to the computer, you’ll find the writing flows again.
Write Something for Yourself
Give yourself just 15 minutes to write for yourself to start each day. This gets your creative juices flowing and helps you to settle down to writing other things.
Find Your Passion for What You ARE Writing
Write for jobs that you find interesting. As a freelancer, you are free to choose which jobs you accept and which to ignore. Find jobs on topics you personally find interesting. Sometimes though, it is better to pay the bills than to turn down writing gigs. If you cannot find the topic interesting in itself, focus on the craft of writing. Put your creative energy and passion into writing the most interesting article you can by using language and writing techniques.
Whatever it takes, remember the passion you first felt for writing and renew your passion for what you doing.