If writing is a lonely profession, how do you stay focused and motivated?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. mandypoole profile image60
    mandypooleposted 6 years ago

    If writing is a lonely profession, how do you stay focused and motivated?

    For those of you hubber's that are in the process of writing a book, how do you stay focused? I find I write for a few days, then my mind goes blank and I leave it for a while then eventually return to it. However, this is very time consuming and it seems that I will never complete this novel unless I get a move on and write continuously.

  2. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    I tend to be a loner so I rarely get lonely. If I am working on a project, I set a goal and write to that goal whether it is chapter or a number of pages or words.  Even if the writing is not going the way I want, I write anyway and then edit.  For me, it is important to reach the goal for my own peace of mind. 

    Set a goal, say 30 minutes every morning at 6am or whatever goal you choose and as they say, just do it.

  3. HLKeeley profile image84
    HLKeeleyposted 6 years ago

    When I write, I get a sense of achievement especially when I finish. What I enjoy most about writing though is the process. I like when the words in my head are displayed on paper and actually make sense. I also love the rare moments where I write something like amazing! I do not post what I write because then I find disappointment when I do not finish.

    As to a  "lonely" profession, (this will sound crazy) but I am most comfortable with my characters. I understand them and want their story to be told. What I am currently working on is blowing my mind on how easy it is to write. I don't have an agent or publisher. I write for myself because I enjoy it and there is no stress to finish.

  4. CrazedNovelist profile image81
    CrazedNovelistposted 6 years ago

    Mandy, don't stress yourself out! It is a lonely profession and it can be EXTREMELY hard to focus and stay motivated. You have to build yourself up and confide in those around you to help you keep that motivation. I maintain my focus and motivation from friends and family who are constantly supporting me. It makes me feel that I am not so alone and that everyone is behind me. That's how you become less "lonely"... about focus and motivation, don't stress about what you haven't done, stress about what you can do. Imagine how awesome it'll be once you finish and imagine how much work you will have put into it. That's a motivator all in itself. You have to understand that staying focus is the HARDEST part of writing, but realizing that the end result will help you sit back at the desk. Motivate yourself and allow those around to be informed of your progress. Knowing you've gone somewhere with your book is also a motivator. Check out some of my articles about writing if you haven't yet. I got a lot of responses about how it helped them.

  5. MarleneB profile image96
    MarleneBposted 6 years ago

    I have music playing very softly in the background. I find that Baroque music helps me stay focused. And, I find that if I like the storyline that I'm writing, I can sometimes get carried away and my husband would have to pry me away from my computer. On days that I'm having trouble, I take it as a hint that maybe I'm going in the wrong direction with my story. When that happens, I change the focus and I give myself 30 minutes to write something - even if it is just one sentence. Then I put it away until my next session. I don't beat myself up over not accomplishing more. Some days are just going to be like that. I think the effort is what matters most.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)