3 Tips for the Not-So-Motivated Writer
Set a word count.
It’s not enough to set two or more hours a day for your writing. You might not get a lot of things written if you depend on the number of hours. To make sure you can produce an acceptable, decent output per day, set a daily quota. Perhaps you can gradually increase the word count if you think you’re getting better too. However, it’s important not to be harsh on yourself. Don’t force yourself to write 4,000 words a day and end up compromising the quality of the write-up. But don’t be too easy as well!
If you know writing 1,000 per day is too comfortable, then set a daily quota of 1,500 or 2,000. The trick is to identify the number that’s too easy and too difficult for you to handle on a regular basis, then choose your daily quota between those figures. For instance, if 1,000 is too easy and 3,000 is too harsh, then go with 2,000 per day. Ensure that you can commit to that number and still end up with a great writing time.
Join a writing community.
As a writer, you must’ve been one lonely soul! Though being alone is necessary, sometimes, a writing community could help you stay inspired. Other writers might even help you determine your best writing style or the genre you should be working on. They can also keep you motivated to keep writing when you feel lazy. Being part of a community can also boost your confidence. You’ll also have another family who can listen to your frustrations and can help you overcome writer’s block. Plus, it’s good to socialize once in a while you know! A writing community can also improve your skills especially since most of them include seminars, classes, workshops, online forums, critiques, and contests.
Listen to music. Spend some time with nature. Find inspiration while seated on the grass, watching the sun go down. Observe people. Watch birds. Immerse in the nature. Walk around the park. Take a sip of coffee.
Dating yourself can help you refresh your mind and forget all your troubles. Sometimes, the pressure of deadlines and the need to write can be difficult to absorb. When that time comes, when reading and writing becomes too exhausting, take a breather. Don’t worry; it won’t be harmful to you. Who knows? A timeout might be all you need to fire up your spirit.