8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write,
as seen in The Bookbag
Let's be real about this: writing a book is no easy feat. Some days the words gush from our heads and we write 1,000 words without even thinking about it. Other days getting even half onto the page is a challenge. Add to this the constant ups and downs. One day, we're on top of the world and feel as though we have written a masterpiece. The next day, we conclude it is a mess!
Hitting a wall is natural; our mind blanks out and we try to force ourselves to write but we can't. Do not give up! Remember, persistence and dedication are what will set you apart and make you finish the manuscript.
Here are 8 ways to stay motivated, to push through that wall, and find inspiration to keep that pen in your hand (or fingers on the keyboard!):
1. Remind yourself why you are writing
Perhaps it's a life-long dream of yours to be a published author? Maybe you feel compelled to 'tell your story'? Whatever your reasons may be, when you feel like quitting do some soul searching, reminding yourself of what you are working towards. That will be hugely motivating.
2. Commit to a daily goal
I don't believe in writer's block. Writing is like any profession: if you are serious about it as a career, you will get the job done. Persistence pays off. Each day commit to writing a certain amount of words and work towards developing a healthy writing habit. Even if you don't hit your daily target, at least you tried and you wrote something (which is better than nothing). Celebrate this!
3. Let it be horrible
Do you feel like your writing sounds awful today? Let it! Even if you delete most of it tomorrow, at least your thoughts are out on paper and you will have more clarity. And who knows, while you are writing you may actually hit a stroke of brilliance. Keep at it.
4. Create an inspiring environment
When we moved house, my office (which wasn't even a proper room at the time) was the first space I set up. It really helps to have an inspiring, well-lit place to write. Although many people I know prefer a minimalistic working space, I surround myself with inspiring objects, such as books, art, quotes, scented candles and a fun mug. It's like creative chaos but it works for me! Think about what inspires you.
5. Reduce distractions
When I'm in my office I'm there to work, not to go on social media or play on my phone. Procrastination or productivity? I'm a mum to four children so it's taken a while to get to this point: when I'm with my family I allow myself to be 100% with them and I don't think about my book. When I'm writing, I'm writing. Life's all about making the most of your time and to live in the moment. Don't feel guilty if you're not doing something well enough. Applaud yourself for what you do get done.
6. Surround yourself with supportive people
There will be people who think you're chasing a dream writing a novel, but you're not. It's completely possible to do so. So, be friends with people who support what you're doing or ones who also reach for the stars. Don't let anyone steal your energy.
7. Visualise signing your book
Before I was published, I bought a sparkly pen which I placed on my desk. This was to motivate and inspire me to get to the end of my novel, then find an agent and sign a publishing contract. Because what do you do at the end of all that? You get to sign books for readers! Signing with that pen now makes me feel it was worth the hard work.
8. Remind yourself that anything is possible
As Nelson Mandela said, 'it always seems impossible until it is done'. With hard work and perseverance, you will achieve your dreams and goals. Don't give up! If a person can land on the moon, you can definitely finish your manuscript. :0)
Wishing you the best of luck!