This is 14 Best Ways to Build Momentum at the Start of Your Project, and how you can use that momentum to finish strong. It’s easy to get started, and much harder to finish. If you use these little momentum building tricks, you will have a much better chance of staying positive all the way to the end.
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How to Build Momentum with Your Writing
Most big writing projects like books and long form web content take a lot of time to create. The longer the work, typically the longer the time. What you might find really exciting in the beginning can fade over time, and you may stall or lose motivation in the middle.
One of the best ways to prevent this it to build momentum on the project. When you see progress, you get excited. When you get excited, you work harder. When you work harder, you make more progress, and the cycle repeats over and over.
The more progress you can make, and the closer you get to having a finished product, the more excited you will be. Now, all you have to do is ensure that you build momentum really well and you will have a much easier time.
Here is just how you can do that, and feel free to start using some of these techniques right away. You will write more, write better, and build the necessary momentum to finish strong.
Quick Wins Build Momentum
When you start your project, look for the quick wins. Identify the things about the project that can be knocked out quickly, and that will give you ground right away. These can be anything, as long as they move the project forward.
The idea behind quick wins is that as you see yourself knocking things out and making progress, you get excited and then make more progress. It’s a snowball effect, and the more you can find these quick wins, the bigger your start will be.
Again, they can be anything from making images, creating pull quotes, writing headlines, anything you are good at and can do quickly. All of these need to be completed anyway, so you might as well use them to build up some momentum.
Start With What Excites You the Most
After the quick wins, look for the sections of the post that excite you the most. These are the parts that you know you can write about for days and never run out of things to say. These parts just fly out of your fingers, and make you happy the entire time.
Identify these areas of the writing, because these are the next best place to go after the quick wins. They may not be as quick to knock out, but they will make you happy the entire time, so you will feel good as you are writing them.
This is not just limited to writing. Maybe you are really into image design and that’s one of your exciting parts. It’s that’s the case, then feel free to work on that part of the project. If you really love organization, work on the layout and get your outline in order.
The point of this section is for you to have so much fun that you hardly notice you are producing a lot of work in a short time period. As you go along like this, you may look up to find that you have really made a huge dent in your overall project right in the beginning.
This is how you build momentum. Advance as quickly and as easily as you can, and show a lot of progress up front.
Look for the Easy Sections
Next, look for the easy sections. While these may not be as fun as the exciting sections, they are easy to write, and don’t take a lot out of you. They can be anything you create easily, and thing you are very confident in doing.
If you write quickly, you might want to do the bulk of the writing at this point. This will allow you to get all the words out on paper before you move on to another part of the project. As long as the sections are easy, then you are doing the right thing.
While these sections lack the fun that the exciting sections do, they are still easy, and that in itself builds excitement. You will notice that you are producing a lot of work, and that the project is looking a lot more like the finished article with each session.
You Don’t Have to Start at the Beginning
There is a huge myth in writing that you need to start in the beginning. Rarely do real writers actually start in the beginning. In fact, they rarely write in a page by page order. It’s not necessary, though if it makes you happy, start wherever you want.
In most of your books, you will start somewhere in the middle and over time you will expand the boundaries until you find a beginning and an end. It’s odd how it works, but you will nearly always end up forming ideas around your main idea, and some will go before and some after.
No matter how you write, you can always go back and add words in the beginning and at the ending. Don’t worry that you don’t start out at the top and end at the bottom. Most writers are all over the place, and you can do the very same thing.
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Start With a Large time Block on Day One
A great way to build momentum in your writing is to start out with a large time block on day one. This can be several hours to half a day. In this larger time frame, you have an opportunity to get a far better start right on day one.
The nice thing about getting a good start on day one is that you build a strong foundation for the project in the beginning. If you have to start your project in only 15 minutes, you may not have enough to resemble a good start.
When you don’t have much, it can be hard to come back on day two. Instead, give yourself several hours to really kick off the writing with a large amount of effort, and fill those pages so you actually look like you are off to the races. You will feel that way too.
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Take a Day Off to Start and Build Momentum
Even better than a few hours is taking a day off. This is an opportunity to eliminate everything from your schedule for one day, and get a huge head start on your project. It’s easy to do, you just have to plan ahead.
The biggest obstacles for the one day writing start are family, friends, work, and prior engagements. Take a look at your calendar, and see when you can make a shift in what you are doing to allow for an entire day to yourself.
It may seem hard in the beginning depending on your schedule, but if you really want a good start, then you will find a day. Try to make the day sooner than later, because waiting to start strong is worse than starting out today but on a smaller scale.
Make the effort to start as quickly as possible, but with a whole day. You can use the few days leading up to that day to research and get your ducks in a row, and that will make the whole process a lot easier in the end.
Go on a Writers Vacation at the Start
This one is a luxury for most writers, and something that most of us never really get to do. I have always been envious of the old writers tales where they lock themselves in a cabin for a few months and write a world changing novel.
Even a week in a cabin in the woods would be a treat for anyone, and it can help you get your project off to a huge start with a ton of momentum. If you have some vacation time, and a family that can give you a little time away, even a few days is nice.
If you need some solitude, and you don’t care as much about scenery, you can even do a hotel room by yourself. You will have a quiet room all to yourself, you can order food, and you can make a huge push on your project.
Again, this is not in the cards for everyone, so don’t feel bad if you can’t take a mini writers vacation and start your project. Maybe one day you will be able to, it if not you can still do plenty from home, so don’t worry about it.
Great writers find a way to write, no matter the conditions. It’s not about the scenery, it’s about you putting your best work out on paper for the world to enjoy.
Have an Outline so You Can Write Faster
If you have read any of my posts before this one, you know that I am a huge supporter of making a good outline. This is the number one way that you build momentum in writing, and there are a lot of great reasons why it works.
First, an outline is all the thinking work. When you have to think about what to write, what order it should be in, and what points to add, all while you are writing, it’s difficult. Instead, get the thinking part of the exercise out of the way first, and write an outline.
An outline also helps you because you will naturally make connections, form new ideas, and fill in gaps as you create an outline. You also get a birds eye view of the book or web content, and you can see any errors or places that need additional work really easily.
Finally, an outline builds momentum because it lets you write quickly. Most writers can actually write quickly. The roadblock is not in the writing, it’s in knowing what to write. An outline tells you exactly what to write, so you are free to just write and enjoy being creative.
If you only do a few things on this list, make an outline, and attack the quick wins, easy sections, and fun parts first. If you do that, you will suddenly have the majority of your post laid down before you know it. That’s how to build momentum.
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Dictate to Lay Down a Ton of Words Quickly
Dictation is a very fast way of getting a lot of words on paper, and for you that might be the way you build momentum. When you see yourself win, and you see a lot of progress, it makes you feel good, and you end up writing even more.
There are a lot of ways to dictate, some are paid and some are free. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you have dictation software built right into the device. You can use an app called Pages, and simply talk as the device writes what you say.
Now, dictation has come a long way but it’s still not perfect. You will have to go back during the editing process and change a bit more than if you had written the content, but there is no substitute for how fast you can fill pages by talking.
Think about it. Dictation is just talking. You talk all the time, so you are familiar with it. You also end up sounding more conversational in the end, which is good too. The next time you want to start with a bang, try dictating a few pages and see the power of the spoken word in your writing.
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Just Start the Project
The quickest way to finish is to start. If you never start, you never finish, and the longer you wait, the longer your project will take. Trust in the magic of beginnings, and get your project off the ground as soon as you can.
Sometimes we allow small things to hold us back. These can be unbelievable to hear, and silly sounding, but they still cause problems. If you have any small roadblocks in your way, get rid of them and start writing.
Nothing happens until you take action. Nothing. Thinking about it, brainstorming, writing notes, all of these are good, but without action you might as well have been watching tv. Don’t leave those posts in your head. Start now, start writing, and be proud of yourself when you finish.
Find Motivation Through Reading Quotes
Momentum comes from motivation. If you can keep yourself motivated about the process, you will continue to build momentum in your writing. A great way to stay excited about the project is to read inspiring quotes.
I am a sucker for quotes, and always have been. It’s so nice to hear a person turn a phrase in a way that makes you think deeply about the words and the meaning. There are so many eloquent and poetic people in the world, and just hearing them through their quotes is awesome.
If you enjoy some positive words, look for quotes that have to do with anything that makes you a more passionate person. They can be about writing, success, passion, dreams, or anything else. As long as the quotes keep you motivated, and happy, you are on the right track.
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Find Motivation Through Thinking of the End
Another good way to stay motivated and build momentum is to think about the end. Think about how fun it will be to finish, and how accomplished you will feel. Think about that huge new piece of great content on your site..
Think about all the people that your work will touch. How you will help them. How you will change their lives for the better. The transformation that your reader will go through after reading your work is the reason you’re writing in the first place.
Think about the world, and how much better it can be with your words in it. Visualizing the end of the process takes you there for a moment, and you can use that to keep going. The more you think positively about the finish, the more likely you will finish.
Keep Taking Bites Daily
There is an old quote about eating an elephant, and it basically says you eat an elephant one bite at a time. The moral being if you are faced with something really big, just attack it consistently and over time it will become smaller and smaller.
The same goes for your writing project. Keep on taking bites. Every day you bite off another chunk and the meal becomes smaller. You may not notice the difference each day, or each week, but over time you will see a big difference.
You also may not see as much because you are right in the process. It’s almost like losing weight. If you lose 20 pounds you might not notice as much because you were there for each individual pound. However, your friend that hasn’t seen you in a month or two will surely notice, because you look different.
Make a daily habit of writing, no matter the chunk you take, you are going forward. Keep on doing that, and over time you will finish. It’s not a never ending proposition, writing a great blog. You just have to keep following the process.
Create Good Habits as You Write
In order to write well, you need to have good writing habits. These range from writing daily, to learning to write in a distracted environment. The best writers have good habits that keep them in front of their work longer. They win by being consistent, and showing up every day.
Instead if thinking about all the things that need to be right in order to write, just sit down and write. It will all work out in the end, you just need to write. Start early and develop good habits, then continue those habits throughout your writing career.
As you build on your habits, like daily learning, and editing when you are finished writing, you will form them to your own personal needs. These habits will become part of your routine, and you will feel funny if you don’t write when you are supposed to.
You just read several great examples of ways that you can build momentum in your writing. Now, you need to put them into action. Taking action makes the difference, so identify two or three that you can start doing right now, and make a plan.
Start with starting the project, that’s always a good one. Create a good outline and fill it as much as you can with your great ideas. Then, add in attacking the fun and easy parts. If you do even those few things, you will build a lot of momentum really quickly.
The nice thing is you will see a ton of progress, and you will be happier for it. You will also notice that it gets you excited about writing, so you will write more. It’s a self building system that makes you write more, love it more, and then write even more.