7 tactics for motivating your personal writing

Most communicators started writing for personal reasons, and it can be difficult to find the time and inspiration to write for yourself after a day of banging out copy for clients.

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If you spend your working life crafting messages for your company, clients, leaders, co-workers, or employees, you have no doubt suffered from writing fatigue.

Writing fatigue in our day jobs means that we may have little motivation to write for ourselves. The last thing you want to do at the end of an endless day is work on your memoirs.

However, there are ways to motivate yourself. Below are a few recommendations, based on research and advice from other writers.

1. Challenge a fellow writer.

2. Research and incorporate the habits of your favorite writers.

Find out how your favorite authors motivate themselves. What eccentricities do they have? For example, Philip Pullman has written three pages per day—in longhand and with a specific type of pen and paper—since he started writing. Could you adopt these habits too? (Read more about the habits of famous writers.)

3. Set a word count.

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