Have you ever sat to think about what your readers feel about you? Do you think you aren’t giving your readers the best and want to revamp your writing style but you seem stuck? Then you aren’t alone.
The truth we all (writers) experience a moment of lost enthusiasm. Some just know how to handle theirs better than others. One funny mistake people make is thinking that motivation is inborn. Motivation isn’t magical, you can’t just wait and expect it to come; it definitely won’t. We all need to stretch out in order to be able to tap into it and so do writers.
The common saying that “practice makes perfection” is really true. You need to have done a whole lot of writing before you can be called a professional and before you can make money writing. But what happens if you don’t just feel like writing at all? Then you need to hunt for motivation first! If you’re planning to launch your writing career or you’ve being into system but you think you’ve lost all nous of creativity, then this article would help you and replace you back to the motivation lane.
Below are 11 simple steps to boost your motivation as a new writer.
Most writers get depressed because we can’t accept real responsibilities. As a writer, you need to accept responsibility. Realize your weakness and identify your abilities. Also realize that if you don’t fasten your eyes to the screen and harness your hands to the keyboard, no one is ready to do it for you.
2. Discover your “writing palace.”
Your “writing palace” is a place where you feel much more composed and eager to write.
Your writing palace might be your office, it could be on the tennis lane, it could be at the coffee joint, funny enough it could be in your kitchen 🙂 Just discover the place where you feel undisturbed; it could be at farm just like myself. Go there when it feels like you need motivation.
3. Have a strong deadline.
Deadlines have a potential way of engaging the mind. Though we try to avoid it sometimes but coming close to a strong deadline generally puts us under the pressure to work. As a writer, when the deadline to submit a project or present an article is near, writing becomes more crucial and the mind gets more concerted.
When trying to use self-set deadlines to motivate yourself, you might need to strengthen the cause by involving an outer circle. You set the deadline all alone and you could just decide to cancel it just alone, but when an outer circle is involved, it gives power to the deadline which fuels your gear of motivation.
4. Take a break and do nothing related to writing.
Writing can be sometimes demanding. And the only way to wash off the stress is by taking a break.
Engage in other activities that’s not related to writing; don’t check your mails, if you do you would be tempted to write a reply, don’t edit or modify your to-do. Instead go to the walk lane, have a phone conversation, get something to chew or watch a short video clip. Then get back to work after the stipulated break.
5. Develop a new writing pattern.
You tend to get motivated as a writer when you find out new techniques and develop a new pattern or style of writing. Using the same pattern of writing does not only keep you in the same position, it also bores you and makes you tired of the task.
There’s this feeling of excitement at every new encounter; the feeling of enthusiasm, you feel like you’ve just gotten the keys to unlock a great deed, and you get inspired by your new writing pattern.
6. Maintain a strong focus.
We are in a world of constant communication and information; everyone wants to speak and be heard. There are a lot of distractions everywhere and it gets more defined in the case of we writers (you know what I mean; the email red light, twitter green light, Facebook notification, Skype calls and the likes.)
When you maintain a strong focus, it makes you motivated to double your work as you are thinking of nothing else at that time other than the work.
7. Try a challenge.
As a writer, there are times when you would need to be geared by a challenge. It could be a self-challenge or by certain groups or individuals.
Set crazy deadlines for yourself, also challenge a colleague or accept a challenge from a colleague to do a difficult task. Don’t be too concerned about winning the challenge (though winning is important) but get involved in the process and use it as your motivation to simplify those difficult tasks. Also during a group challenge, you stand the chance of discovering certain inspirations and creative ideas about your writing business.
8. Listen to and applaud other’s success
We are all humans and the fact remains that listening to other people’s success story tends to stimulate the fire in us to achieve ours.
Be happy for colleagues who are being featured on major publications, make them know you are happy for them. It doesn’t only inspire you to achieve yours, it also makes them feel free to tell you the direct process without hiding a single process from you.
9. Get recharged regularly.
The best way to get recharged as a writer is by reading. Motivation can be compared to an electric unit, when it burns out its efficiency is reduced but it gets back to life when it’s being recharged.
Get hard or soft copy of motivational and edifying materials; it could be books, magazine, pictures, online articles as well as inspirational charts and be sure to read them regularly. They would help you determine what topic you want to write about and provide you with certain ideas needed.
10. Write the hard-hitting stuffs first.
This is one part most writers are missing! Yes the saying that “you should begin all tasks from the simplest to the hardest if you want to stay sustained” it’s kind of true though, but what happens when you’ve chopped-up and done the simpler write-ups and you get sucked with the bigger gigs? You would definitely become unmotivated. Instead, focus on the bigger write-ups; be sure to complete them first. Then the smaller works would just be pleasure to execute.
11. Use the “faking therapy.” Act like it.
Suppose you are feeling unmotivated and nothing seems to work, then why not fake it? Fake motivation, act like you are in the mood to do those write-ups, get you PC, your writing materials and whatever is needed to do the writing. Faking motivation to write puts you in the process, and guess what! After few hours of faking you get connected into the real motivation.
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!