Do you ever find it difficult to find the time, inspiration or motivation to write? Do you struggle to discover new ideas? What do you do to get out of a writing slump? In this post, we will explore how to find the motivation to write.
According to Meriam Webster’s Dictionary, time is “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues”. In terms of writing when we speak of time, we mean the time we have to write in a day or how to find more time to write. Sometimes it’s a matter of putting it into your schedule, other times you need to pick pockets of time when you can write.
Inspiration and Motivation to Write
Many people think that Inspiration and Motivation are the same things but they are not.
Motivation involves a push factor, an outside or motivating force, stimulus, or influence that causes you to take action even if you don’t want to. Inspiration involves a pull or driving force. An inspiring influence that stimulates people to do something creative. The drive is something from within that motivates us to actively put forth our best efforts.
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10 Tips To Give You Motivation to Write
Here are some tips to help your brain get into the habit of writing.
1. Note Your Ideas
Have you ever had a great idea that you thought you would never ever forget and then you did? It’s important to write your ideas down as soon as you have them. You could use the notes app on your phone, record a voice memo or write it down on a napkin. The point is to write your ideas down as soon as possible.
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2. Keep Your Writing Handy
Leave your writing out in the open where you can see it. That way, when you have a few moments, you can pick up your notebook or laptop and jot down a few ideas or sentences. Sometimes having your work close can generate ideas by keeping your story in the front of your mind.
3. Write Longer
When you are in the writing zone and the words are flowing, keep writing. When you are in the mood to write, write. Steal time from your other responsibilities. Keep the roll going.
4. Find the ‘Write’ Place
It is important to find a place to write where you can relax and feel comfortable. Here, you will discover your inspiration and increase your writing time. When you find the right place, it will be easier to get into the zone faster and increase the volume of your writing.
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5. Keep Your Outline With You
Carry an outline from your book around with you. Whether you use a note-taking app like Evernote, a digital notebook or a notepad, whenever you have a few minutes waiting in the doctor’s office or line at the grocery store you can take it out and see if you can find some inspiration. You never know what can inspire you.
6. Make Lists
Make lists of character names, settings, funny lines, body descriptions, and phrases. Sometimes just bringing out the lists can trigger an idea or get you thinking another way.
7. Find the Time
Depending on if you are an early bird or a late owl, get up early or stay up later and use this time to write. You could also give up part of your break time to write every day. If you are a sports fan, you can write between periods, intermissions or commercial breaks. If you really want to, you can find the time somewhere.
8. Request Some Time Alone
If you can’t find time alone, pay someone to watch your kids or exchange baby-sitting services with a friend. You could also request a writing retreat for your birthday or a holiday gift. You could also send your family on a vacation while you stay in your comfortable home.
This can remove any guilt or frustration you might experience regarding finding and using large blocks of time when it’s your best time to create. You deserve time for yourself to do what you want to do that has a positive impact on your life.
9. Don’t Wait for Motivation to Write
Don’t wait for the motivation, just take some action every day if you feel like it or not. The action to take is ‘do the next task’ and don’t try to do everything at once! Split the project into smaller, more manageable and less daunting chunks.
10. Make it a Habit
If you persevere and keep writing, it will embed in your subconscious and become habitual. You will start writing with hardly a conscious thought.
Doing it at the same time of day everyday trains your mind and body to expect what is going to happen next and become habit forming. Once you have gained this habit of taking action, the new pages to the book accumulate along with new ideas and inspiration.
Last Words on Motivation to Write
There are additional strategies that put your brain to work for you, but even starting with these strategies will propel you toward success.
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