How to get motivated to write
You know what you want to write. Maybe you have a great story idea, characters are alive in your mind, or you have a notebook that’s peppered with writing snippets. Without the motivation to write and see your idea through to the end, however, it will remain just an idea.
Sometimes there can be an initial buzz when you get an idea and that can be enough to motivate you to get started but, in time, you may find that fades. Keeping topped up with the inspiration you need to keep focused until the end can be slightly more challenging.
To keep writing despite challenges, fears or obstacles, you need to develop a mindset that drives you forward and helps you push through setbacks so you continue to grow as a writer. Whenever you experience doubt, remember many renowned authors faced rejection, let downs and disappointment on their way to success. Keep persevering.
8 simple ways to motivate yourself to write:
Join a writing community – it doesn’t matter if this is an online group or a face-to-face organisation, having the opportunity to discuss your writing and get honest feedback from a group of like-minded people can make all the difference to your motivation. Why not join the friendly and free Lightbox Originals writing community? It’s great to nurture and develop your writing with the help of people who understand and appreciate what you are trying to achieve.
Add your writing time to your calendar – be precious about your writing time and add it to your calendar in the same way you would add a dentist appointment or important meeting. Tell your family, friends, colleagues and clients that you are unavailable at certain times.
Use writing prompts – if a blank page holds you back, writing prompts are a fabulous way to get started. A simple writing exercise can be enough to break the spell and get you going. Why not try one of our #100Words writing prompts? Let the beautiful images spark ideas.
Deadlines – giving yourself a completion date can be just the thing to motivate you. Some people find a big goal with a short timescale, for example National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), gives them fire. Others find mini goals help, for example targets for completing chapters or sections of their work. Writing competition deadlines are also a great motivator and a great opportunity to polish your work to its best.
Create a word count goal – in the same way that a deadline can motivate you to push forward, so can a writing goal. The notion of penning an 80,000-word novel can feel overwhelming, but if you break this into smaller writing goals , for example 100 words a day, it can make an intimidating plan much easier to manage and it can be easier to get started.
Take a break – motivation can come in waves. Life, family, work, and social commitments are always going to require attention. Allowing yourself breaks from writing to live your life will not only keep you motivated, but it will help you to boost your creativity. You may even find it inspires new pieces. Why not take some time to play or do the unexpected?
Do a writing sprint – set your timer and write. Taking part in a writing sprint online can be fun as well as motivational. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, or even an hour, and write non-stop until the bell rings. It can be a great way to break through any lack of enthusiasm. Make sure you keep any distractions out the room though!
What is your why? – Why did you start writing? Why did you want to write this particular story? Remembering why you picked up your pen or booted up your laptop can be the biggest motivator in your writer’s tool kit.
You are the only person who can write what you desire. Coming to it positively and taking responsibility for overcoming creative challenges can provide the shift in mindset that you need to strive toward to the finish line. Imagine how wonderful you’ll feel when you get there.
Keep writing, stay positive and you will achieve your writing dreams.