Good morning writers, I hope you’ve had a great week.
My week has been quite a drag and full of ups and downs. Good days and bad days. It got me thinking about how to stay motivated, how do you keep writing when life is busy and complicated and you are tired and stressed.
It can be really hard to stick to your story, especially as it can feel like it’s taking a lifetime to finish your drafts and edits. So, I thought I’d share some of the ways I keep myself motivated, in the hope it will help other writers when they’re struggling.
1. Look back on how far you’ve come
Writing is a long process that requires a great deal of patience and dedication. When you feel unmotivated take some time to look back at how far you’ve already come. You can do this by re-reading what you’ve already written and praising yourself for the word count you’ve already achieved. You could also read some of your really old work to realise how much your writing has improved. Whichever way you choose to look back, make sure you be kind to yourself and be proud of yourself. It’ll give you that burst of encouragement needed to carry on writing.
2. Write a little every day
It is so easy to break the writing habit. If you sense yourself becoming demotivated try and make sure you write a little every day, so that you keep your writing habit alive. It doesn’t have to be much, even a sentence or two is enough to keep your head in your story. I have given some tips and advice before on how to fit writing into your life even when you’re busy, so you can always find a moment to get something down.
3. Read a book
Reading makes you a better writer. That is a fact. One thing I find is that when you read a really great book it inspires you to get back to your own novel writing. There is something about enjoying a story, being in awe of words that gives you a push to tell your own tales and form your own sentences. Reading a great book also gives you some down time from writing, to enjoy yourself and relax, leaving you refreshed and ready to pick up a pen.
4. Join the writer’s community
When I hit my biggest ever writing slump I had to come back to writing after more than a year away from my novel. The biggest factor for me was the writing community, specifically the one on here and on instgram. Surrounding myself with others in my shoes, unpublished writers facing this long and difficult journey, helped me to feel less alone. I realised we all go through the same and that together we can support and encourage each other. You could join a local writing group, if you prefer face to face interactions, of join us online for tips, advice and shared experiences.
How do you keep yourself motivated? I would love to hear any of your tips so do comment below or contact me for a chat.