I’m sitting in front of my laptop staring at a blank screen. That’s my life lately, a so-called writer with no motivation. Not sure what’s holding me back. Oh, I have my excuses. The house needs to be cleaned. I got to do the laundry. I’m too tired after work. My justification is endless. Many writers experience the loss of motivation, but what can you do about it.
Instead of thinking of how to get out of writing, I looked deep inside of myself and asked, 'What do I really want?' Is the story that's been circling in my mind for years important? Or do I want to continue to feel sorry for myself?
Since you're reading this, you know my answer. I have to get my bum moving. So I came up with a list to stroke the writer's desire in anyone.
Remove distractions. Writing at home is hard. There are children, pets, and significant others you need to close yourself away from. Somebody will always want or need something.
One way to write at home and get the peace and quiet is to get up early. Yes, I know it’s hard to rise before the sun, but the first sip of coffee and the tapping of keys will make it worth it.
But if rising early is not the thing for you, try writing on your lunch break. With all the fabulous apps available, you can get some words down in a short amount of time using your phone.
Get the juices flowing. So all your social media is turned off, and you have peace and quiet. What do you write?
Open your imagination into the world you've created and step into the protagonist’s shoes. Let the character tap the keys and free write for 20 minutes. Sprinting is amazing. The most I’ve written in sprint was 717 words. Not too shabby.
The important thing to remember when sprinting is, don’t stop to edit. Doing so will severely cut down your word count. Resist is all I can say. Save the editing for another time.
Join a writing group. Writing with others is fun. There are many online and meet-up writing groups that will fit anyone’s needs. Writing groups can also help you break through brick walls and many have critique groups. Just remember, you are not alone.
These are just a few ways to get going mojo back. So what keeps you motivated to write? Please comment. I’d love to hear them.