This is a great list of ways to motivate yourself to write. I’ve done a lot of these myself to get my writing started. It’s good to see that I’m not the only one that needs to try multiple things from time to time to get the words to come out.
At this point, I even have a ritual to get my energy up. I usually get a lot of my writing done at night and I tend to run out of energy between 9 and 10 p.m. Now I have a ritual dance party around that time and when I’m done dancing I sit down and write for an hour or so. It’s a combination of steps 2 and 5 on your list.
Dreaming up stories and watching them come to life on the page is pure magic. It really is. I love being a writer. So why is it that some days facing my manuscript is the hardest thing to do in the world?
Because writing good books is HARD.
Writing and editing can feel like wading through quicksand. Life’s distractions can pull so hard away from the writing desk that it feels impossible to muster the mental energy to write.
That’s when I pull out the big guns.
When my writing resistance is at its highest, I take out my writing motivation checklist. If I’m lucky, I’ll only need to do a couple of items before I feel pumped enough to write. Other times–when writing-resistant inner me throws a particularly nasty tantrum–I might need to hit every item on the darn list.
Ultimately, the list helps me overcome resistance to writing. Maybe it will help you, too. And if you’ve discovered other effective ways to motivate yourself to write, I’d love to…
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So true 🙂 I need to give the jumping jacks a try tonight I think!
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