Writers are like anyone else. They need affirmations to keep themselves motivated to write. Sometimes a writing project, no matter how small, seems like it will never be completed. Keep affirmations taped to your desk as encouragement.
If you don’t have a desk and a quiet room to write, at least have a table that is free of clutter and a lamp, so you can write late at night, when everyone else is in bed.
I know many writers who started out by using the kitchen table on nights and weekends. You are lucky if you have a guest bedroom that can sometimes be used as a home office.
If a piece gets rejected, send it out a few more times. If it gets rejected more than a few times, perhaps it needs revision. However, remember that it is important to send the piece out.
When you write, you often combine your research, knowledge, life’s experience, and imagination. This requires a lot of dedication and patience. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not worth the effort.
Satisfaction, pride, and recognition come with published writing.
Keep these universal thoughts, listed below, in mind, whenever you have writer’s block. They apply to many everyday large and small tasks, and are also especially helpful to writers of genres, from newspaper articles/columns to novels.
• Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.–Napoleon
• A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.–Dutch Proverb
• Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.–Schiller
• Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.–Emerson
• The pen is the tongue of the mind.–Cervantes
• It is no use to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.–Belgian Proverb
• The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.–Lowell
• If a man bites a dog, that is news.–John Bogart
You can complete a writing task. Take it step by step without being overwhelmed by its enormity.