Unlock the Muse – March 19, 2019

I’m a day late in getting this post up this week. But as they say, it’s better late than never, right? Here is your bit of writing inspiration for the third week of March 2019.

Last week I talked about momentum killers. This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to build momentum. I came up with three basic strategies to build momentum in your daily writing routine.

Remove obstacles. This might be as simple as removing a distracting and time-consuming game from your phone or mobile device. Other obstacles aren’t so easy, and may even be impossible – family and day jobs, for example. But even these can be put in their proper place, and writing can fit among them.

Create opportunities. For me this week, this meant packing my laptop along with me to work every day. It’s a lot easier to ignore the writing if you don’t have access to your tools. Keep a notebook handy, make sure your writing space is well equipped. Don’t give yourself an easy excuse not to write.

Build slowly. Begin building where you are right now. If that means you start with the tiniest of goals, then start there. Build on your goal, and set the next one before the first is fully achieved. This will help keep your momentum moving forward.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

$2.50 a second. That’s how much Michael Jordan made in 1997, when he earned $78.3 million. How fast can you type?

We may not be destined to be the Michael Jordans of the writing world. But maybe there is something to be said for writing fast. Especially in the drafting stage. Write fast, write lots. Then take your time in editing.


1. The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
2. The impetus gained by a moving object.

The word momentum dates back to the 1690s in the scientific use in mechanics, as in “product of the mass and velocity of a body,” or the “quantity of motion of a moving body.” It comes from the Latin momentum, meaning “movement, moving power.” Its use in the figurative, as in “force gained by movement, an impulse, impelling force,” dates back to 1782.
(from etymonline.com)

Happy writing!

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