Whether you write professionally, for school, or just as a hobby, there is going to be a time when you just aren’t feeling motivated enough to start writing. It is a common problem everyone faces. How is it that so many writers seem to never be affected by the problem, then? There is a wide variety of answers to that question, but here is what I do:
1. Trick yourself into starting. This one works great for me. Promise yourself you will write for at least 5 minutes, and get going! 5 minutes is nothing, and can make the task you have seem less daunting. Once you get started it is usually easier to keep yourself going than it was to start in the first place. Before you know it, you’ll reach your goal and be finished. If you lose motivation after the 5 minutes, either try it again or try another one of these strategies.
- Watch a youtube interview of an author giving a talk in front of adoring fans.
- Head over to reddit.com/r/getmotivated and check out the massive amount of posts available there.
- Visualize yourself celebrating once you reach your goal, or just breathing a sigh of relief.
Don’t forget, you are doing this to find motivation, limit the time you spend and make sure you start writing.
3. Get support: I’ve already mentioned how common this problem is, and why reaching out for help is such a great option! Text your friends, send a duress tweet to your followers, call mom. You never know who might have a little extra advice that is enough to put you over into a place where you can get busy writing. Put yourself out there!
I hope this helps you out. With NaNoWriMo in full swing there is a lot of pressure to produce big chunks of content quickly. If all else fails, send me a tweet. I’ll help cheer you on!