We’ve all experienced days where the words just flow and our fingertips dance across the keyboard effortlessly for hours. However, for every one of these days, there are countless others where the motivation to write just does not come.
No, I’m not talking about writer’s block. I’m talking about days when you just don’t feel like writing.
We all have them. There’s no need to feel guilty. Then again, it is important to remember that if you’re going to write and publish a book, short story or poem, you will often need to motivate yourself to open that document and write – even when you don’t feel like it.
If that sounds like the most obvious advice in the world, that’s because it is. The hardest truths are always the toughest to swallow. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to help recharge your creative mojo.
Here are a few things that will help motivate you to write, even when you don’t feel like it.
Establish a Writing Routine
This is the biggest and best piece of advice I have been given as a writer. Before my latest writing project, I would only write whenever I felt inspired and motivated.
In other words, I didn’t write very often.
There are, of course, many famous and successful writers who only wrote when inspiration struck. However, if you want to finish your book and one day get it published, you need to write consistently. You have to bleed, sweat and cry to find inspiration.
It might sound gruelling (and it is) but it’s totally worth it.
Set aside some time for writing each and every day. If you can, make sure it’s at the same time. Treat it like a job. I guarantee you will make quick and steady progress by approaching writing like this.
Listen to writing podcasts
Listening to other writers talk about the craft is a great way to get your head in the right space for writing. Plus, it will also help strengthen your skills.
Try listening to a podcast about an hour or so before you plan to write. Perhaps while you’re driving home from work, working out at the gym or doing some housework? That way, by the time you actually sit down to write, you will be motivated to get some real work done.
I listen to a writing podcast while at the gym, or when walking home from work. That way, by the time I get home, I am feeling revved up to write.
Here are a few of my favourite podcasts:
- Writing Excuses
- The Great Western Woods WorldBuilding Podcast
- Write Now
- The Happy Writing Podcast
- Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
If you have any other great listens, make sure to share them in the comments.
Talk To Other Writers
Having friends that are writers is an invaluable asset. As much as our friends, families and partners support us, they do not understand the challenges that we writers must overcome each and every day.
This is why I also recommend that writers connect with other writers. Writing is a fairly solitary craft, which can often leave you feeling lonely and misunderstood. Connect with other writers to share experiences, struggles, as well as the tips and tricks that you will learn over the course of your writing journey.
If you don’t have any writing friends to connect within your area, join a writing group on Facebook, a forum (NaNoWriMo is a great space for writers to talk all year round) Twitter or even Instagram.
Plus, seeing other writers make progress in their projects, getting publishing deals, selling thousands of copies as self-published authors will motivate you to chase your own dreams.
Prep Your Writing Space
Get your favourite beverage, light a candle, stack your notebooks and put your phone well out of reach. Lock it in another room if you have to. You don’t need that distraction.
Then, sit down and write. This little pre-writing routine will help put you in the right mindset for writing and generally make the whole experience more enjoyable.
Writing should be fun…granted it will not be enjoyable all the time, but it should be something that brings you some sense of joy. So, do whatever you can to help you feel cosy, happy and inspired each and every day.
I like to make a storyboard of my current WIP and hang it behind my laptop. I find having visual reminders of my characters and settings helps drive me to want to complete my story.
Do you have any tips to help writers write, even when they don’t feel like it? If so, make sure to share them in the comments.