Finding the Motivation to Write Again

Finding the Motivation to Write Again

Finding the Motivation to Write Again

In the summer of 2021, I didn't know if I wanted to write anymore. The last couple of years had been more than tough with the pandemic, my job, and my family. I didn't have the energy to write. Writing the four columns that had deadlines for the Journal of Library Administration felt like a chore. We had used several project management tools to keep us organized and to track ideas for writing projects, but I didn't visit them very often. About three weeks before a column was due we would grudgingly select a topic to write about.

Joining #ship30for30

Fortunately, in between writing assignments for the Journal of Library Administration my writing partner and friend, Monica, who loves online courses suggested we enroll in Dickie Bush and Nicolas Cole's #ship30for30 course. While we had published blogs, academic articles, columns, etc. online before, writing blogs consistently has been challenging. Monica felt this course would give us the structure and motivation to write again. She was right.

Participating in #ship30for30

The #ship30for30 course did provide me with the confidence and motivation to write again. It forced me to publish brief essays online every day. Finding the time to write every day has never been the problem, but actually taking the next step to publish what you write was never easy because it could always be longer or better.
I thought I needed to write long-form essays to maximize Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to increase traffic to our website (www.ryavymichalak.com). I found a reason to do everything under the sun but write because writing long essays for a blog felt like a chore. You can't take advantage of a branding campaign if you don't publish what you write. Many drafts of long-form essays are saved to a folder in Google Drive that was never published online.
However, writing and publishing online short essays of 500 words or less on topics about what I knew, library science, gave me the confidence again to write for our blog. As I wrote every day for this course, I was also able to generate more ideas that we kept in an idea bank in Notion to use for blogs (link: https://rysavymichalak.com/blog) and possibly for our Journal of Library Administration column (Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/author/Michalak%2C+Russell).

Summary

If you don't feel like writing and publishing anymore, write just 500 words (about 3-5 paragraphs) for 5 days a week for four weeks on any topic that sparks your interest. Keep a running list of ideas in an idea bank. It will help you outline your short essay when you sit down to write. You don't need to write 5,000 words. Keep the length of what you write shortβ€”no more than 3-5 paragraphs. Writing regularly will spark your joy for writing.
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