The equation for momentum is p = m x v (mass times velocity). Simple enough, right?
But in reality, momentum can be really difficult to obtain, and even harder to maintain. But why is it so elusive?
- Old habits die hard, and putting things off is way easier than doing things.
- Burn out: if you set your daily goal too high, you’ll exhaust yourself too early. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
- Running out of ideas: without a solid plan in place, ideas can dry up, or you can write yourself into a corner.
- Becoming too confident: if you get ahead of your target, it’s tempting to treat yourself by taking it easy, but things can turn around all too quickly.
- Losing confidence: once you start falling behind, it can be tempting to throw your hands in the air and claim the whole project a failure.
- And the nemesis of all writers: real life. Once real life gets in the way (as it inevitably will), it can be hard to get back into routine.
At the end of the day, mixing creativity and the responsibilities of life doesn’t make for a simple equation.
So how do we get that momentum back? There’s no easy answer, I’m afraid. It comes down to one thing: self discipline. Does anyone have any going spare that I could borrow?
How do you maintain momentum?