Some people find that they need to change their environment to get started writing, others may need to read or research before beginning. Some people use specific tools such as a timer, while others prefer a specific technique such as freewriting. Experiment with different techniques and tools to see what works best for you. The important thing is to have a variety of options to choose from so that you can always find something that will help you get that motivation for writing.
Here are some strategies for overcoming writer’s block and being genuinely inspired to write. I’ve employed these methods to complete four to five books each year.
How To Keep Yourself Motivated While Writing
The most difficult part about writing is starting it. Once you get over that hurdle, the rest of the book usually flows more easily. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to find your groove – all great authors have had to face down that initial resistance at some point. Just keep writing, and eventually, the words will come.
Here are a few tips:
1. Write On A Daily Basis
Just write something.
It’s no secret that to be a successful artist, you need to practice often. The same goes for writers – the more you write, the easier it becomes to find the creative side of your brain. This is because when you write regularly, it becomes a habit, and like any other habit, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. So even when you don’t feel like writing, try to force yourself to sit down and put something down on paper. You may not be happy with what you produce at first, but over time, you’ll see that your writing skills improve. And who knows – maybe you’ll even come up with your next bestseller!
Make a list of small writing goals that you can accomplish every day. You might set objectives such as committing to writing 100 words or one page each day. At the end of a year, you’ll have a 365-page book. You may write a chapter each day if you want to finish your book faster.
2. Refrain From Editing While Writing
It can be hard to get in the groove and let the words flow if you’re constantly editing yourself. The goal is to get your thoughts down on paper, not to produce a perfect piece of writing. Save the editing for later, when you can look at your work with a more critical eye.
It’s often necessary to make changes to a book for readers to feel more connected with the characters and story. One of the most effective methods to create motivation is progress. Continue writing until you’ve completed the work and then you can proceed to edit.
3. Remove Distractions
It can be difficult to stay focused when you’re trying to write a book. There are so many distractions vying for your attention – the phone, email, social media, people talking in the next room. The key to staying focused is to eliminate as many of these distractions as possible. Turn off your phone, put a do not disturb sign on your door, and use a white noise machine to filter out outside noise. By eliminating these distractions, you’ll be able to get into a state of flow and focus on your writing.
4. Take A Breather
Most writers experience blockages at some point. It’s normal to feel blocked, especially if you’re under a lot of pressure to produce work. However, it’s important to take the time you need to unblock yourself – don’t try to force yourself to write when you’re not in the mood. Take a break, do something else for a while, and then come back to writing when you’re feeling more inspired. set a deadline for yourself so that you’ll be encouraged to continue writing on a schedule.
It’s a good idea to set a goal for yourself, especially if you have lots of work to do. This will give you the extra push to keep going.
Changing your surroundings may be all you need to get started. Switching rooms, going outside, or painting your room in a different color might help.
5. Use Other People’s Examples
Analogies can be a powerful way to help you better understand complex concepts or to see familiar things in a new light. When it comes to overcoming a lack of motivation, analogies can be especially helpful. By creating an analogy that supports your book, you can provide yourself with a concrete visual representation of the concepts you are trying to learn. This can make it easier for you to remember and apply the information in your book. Additionally, by seeing the concepts in your book represented in an analogy, you may find that you are more motivated to learn and apply them. So if you have not yet read Think and Grow Rich, I highly recommend that you do so.
Hill suggests looking to people you respect who have done what you want, and see how they did it. This can help provide a roadmap to achieve similar success. He uses the examples of many famous and successful people to illustrate his points, and by following their lead, you can learn what works and apply it to your own life. By thinking creatively and critically, you can grow rich in all areas of your life.
6. Speak Up
When I tell my friends that I am writing a book, I usually tell them the message that I am trying to convey. It’s important to me that they understand why I’m writing the book and what I hope to accomplish with it. By talking to them about it, I can make sure that my message is coming across clearly. Plus, it’s always good to have someone to talk to about your book!
7. Try Being Creative With Writing Prompts
Write about your favorite place in the world to visit — What does it look like? How does it feel to be there? What do you do when you’re there?
Create a character profile — Who is your main character? What are their hopes, fears, and motivations? How do they interact with the other characters in your story?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — How would you use this power? Would it make your life better or worse? How would the people around you react to your new ability?
This may also be a fun way to develop hand-eye coordination while simultaneously increasing spatial awareness. You might also get some ideas for this project from motivational quotes.
Sometimes authors are not motivated to start writing. The tips listed above can help them persist even when they don’t feel like it. We all have a book inside us. We must figure out what our message is, take action, and simply begin!