What happens when you are working on a BIG project that at some point makes you feel overwhelmed or wondering if you are making enough progress?
1. Make a list of items within your big project. It could be creating a list of scenes you need to write, specific people or time periods you need to research, or places you need to describe.
2. Give yourself small daily goals. What is something you can write today and feel successful?
3. If you don’t have time to write or do your art today, at least carve out 10-20 minutes to daydream about your project. Sometimes this is more productive than sitting at the computer!
4. If you feel comfortable in sharing with a writing partner, friend, or writing group, discuss your project and the roadblocks you may have.
My husband and I went out to dinner last night with another couple, she being an avid writer, and within a few minutes of brainstorming together they got me motivated all over again.
5. Reward yourself. After you do finish a difficult interview, scene, or bit of research, make sure you have a break with a nice treat. Get yourself away from your work and take a walk, see a movie or get out with friends and family.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our work we forget to spend time with those we love.
Remember to live.