Introduction:If you are an online writer, you may be devoting too much time to the business of writing and forgetting the important reasons you choose to be a writer in the first place. Not only does this turn writing into a chore, it may even cause your writing to become stale and lifeless.
Always writing what someone else wants, or more often, what you think they want, blocks your natural source of energy that made you start writing in the first place. Without that energy, your writing may become stale and lifeless and leave you wondering if you have lost your knack for the written word. Spice it up a bit. Spend some time writing about what interests you and trust that readers will be interested, too.
Following someone else's format, instead of your own inner drive, thwarts creativity. Sure there are times when that is necessary, but reserve some time for your creativity to flow. Start a blog, keep a journal or find a publishing format that allows you to be creative and do things your way.
As an online writer, it is easy to get into the rut of writing about the same topics because they are successful or because readers indicate they want more of the same. Keep your options open and spend some time each week adding variety to your work. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that hidden gem you never knew existed.
Writing is the ultimate form of self expression, but can get lost in the shuffle of meeting deadlines and completing assignments. Set aside time to write in your own voice about things that really matter to you to fine tune your skills at self expression.
Sometimes, writers fall prey to taking any work they can find simply to make a living and forget that writing is about finding your own way in the world. Following your own path toward success keeps your writing real and prevents you from losing your edge.
Whether you write for a living or simply enjoy the process, keeping your writing fresh and alive is important. Get in touch with your reasons for writing in the first place and take time nourish it.
Yeah! Go out and live, and get energy, and write for real. I like it!
My energy is connecting with yours. I knew the Immutable Laws long before the "Secret", where the only secret was astute marketing. As for this list, I honor and agree with your points.
I love your tip about "following your own path!" As writers, we get so bogged down in what others want and lose their joy. When a writer follows their own path, they are more likely to keep their joy. Thanks for publishing this on List My Five.
This is a great article. I am still pretty full of new ideas and excited about what I'm doing, but I'll probably have times I feel burnt out, and when I do, I'll turn to this article. :) Thanks for sharing.
I hear you, Robertsbaby. Go ahead and mix things up a bit and I bet your will be feeling your normal self in no time.
I think these are so true with anything really. It is when a job becomes a chore that it stops being fun and exciting. When a writer stops having themselves "in the mix" the articles become less than wonderful too.
I really like this article. I've been feeling burnt out lately from writing for one specific site almost exclusively and there's some good advice here. Thanks!
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