Let’s face it; all writers struggle with motivation, and even the most disciplined ones can hit a dead end. A lot of things can affect your ability to write. Sometimes we are pressured by a deadline, or we don’t like the topic, or we just feel lost, and our mind is blank.
The sad thing is we can’t force our brain to jump back into writing, no matter how much we try. This happens to be quite a frustrating situation for many writers.
However, it all comes to challenging yourself and how big is your desire to get back on tracks. To help you find inspiration, I’ve made a list of 30 easy tasks, which should do the trick.
1. Imagine yourself writing
I know how silly this may sound, but while imagining your fingers going over the keyboard can trick your mind like you are actually writing something.
2. Remind yourself the REASON why you’re writing
Don’t write because someone made you do it! Write because you want to state something, or because you want to share your experience. You may check out this page for additional info on how to find your “reason” http://tlists.com/find-inspiration-writing/.
Money can be a powerful motivation as well!
3. Commit to a daily goal
For instance: 500 words, five paragraphs, one hour!
Once you commit to it, there is no postponing, excuses, or whining!
4. Let yourself write horribly, just get that 1st draft out!
When we want to impress readers, we tend to use complicated words. However, this takes too much time!
Don’t try to be perfect! It’s easier to correct a rough draft than to write something from the beginning.
5. Find a quiet, clean, well-lit place to write
Environment plays a crucial role in this creative process. Find a place that will bring you positive energy, and block all loud noises.
6. Switch up your environment to kickstart your creativity
To be in work more, you need to have a decided workplace. However, this can sometimes burden your mind. Try changing scenery, go to a park or a bookstore.
7. Look at your old comments
Take a look at past comments and try to draw a conclusion. They can serve you as insight and boost your inspiration.
8. Slash your to-do list in ½
Get rid of all the things that burned your mind. This involves all the extra tasks on your to-do list! In this case, you will be more focused on the writing.
9. Ask a good friend to critique your topic
Your friend can often give you a new idea you and inspire you to write better.
10. Take breaks
Writing is all about finding a balance. If you are burnt out, then you won’t achieve anything. Give yourself 30 minutes, two hours, a couple of days. Your brain will tell when it’s ready to continue.
11. Listen to music that fits your writing
Music improves our mood and can affect our creative process. Choose a song on foreign language, so you aren’t distracted by the lyrics.
12. Hang out with successful or self-driven people
Surround yourself with accomplished individuals. He or she will serve you like an essay helper, and you will be more eager to continue with writing.
As much as we hate exercising, it’s quite beneficial for our mind. It gets the oxygen flowing, giving you the rush of adrenaline, and make your brain active again.
14. Drink coffee, tea, chocolate, anything that has caffeine!
Caffeine will get you focused and make you feel like you are on top of the game.
15. Challenge yourself on your next post
Keep in mind the previous results, views, and comments. Put 120% effort to overcome the previous numbers.
16. Be physically comfortable
Wear baggy clothes, find a comfortable chair, get nice and cosy. You would be surprised how these small things can affect your writing.
17. Use tools to help you write better
There are a lot of online tools you can explore nowadays. They have time and speed up this entire process. My go-to tools are Grammarly and Copyscape.
18. Talk to other writers
Join a group of writers where you can share your ideas, but also issues. You are not the only one stuck in this situation.
19. Write something that’s been on your mind recently
Strat with recent events, things that have been bugging you for a long time. You would be surprised how easy it is to write about your thoughts.
20. Write something you can teach
Every person has a special talent, but not everyone is ready to share it with the rest of the world. In this case, tell people about your experiences and make them learn something from you.
21. Announce online that you’ll write every day.
Public pressure will motivate you to write more. Telling the entire world about your intentions will be enough to get you started.
22. Turn off your monitor and just start typing
This is a common trick many writers use. It will promote your habit of writing.
23. Read a story
Think of this as a brain exercise. Every time you take something to read, it will relax you additionally.
24. Reward yourself for writing
Your brain thrives on rewards. Think about your paycheck or bonus, once you complete the task. Imagine all the things you can do with that money.
25. Mix your day up
Live can be pretty dull if you are doing the same things. Try mixing your schedule. For instance, instead of writing in the morning, become a night owl.
26. Read inspirational quotes
Inspirational quotes are instant mood boosters. You can use them if you want to highlight a particular part of your story.
27. Get emotional
If you want your readers to feel the emotions, then you need to be able to transfer all your thoughts into writing. Think about difficult or happy situations in your life and draw inspiration from there.
28. Do something fun
Watch a funny movie, check YouTube video, hit the social networks, do anything that will entertain your mind.
29. Buy smiley stickers + calendar
Visit the local store and purchase these two items. So, every time you are writing put a sticker to mark the day.
30. Write yourself a little note for the next day
Writing is a challenging and mind-draining task. However, it feels nice to receive a short letter from yourself, telling you how great you are!
Once you review all these tasks, you will see how writing can be comfortable and relaxed. You may even add a couple of more steps, to boost your motivation.
Humans are individual creatures and what works for one, doesn’t mean it will work for another. That’s why you have to find the things that will inspire you and keep you going.
But for now, try exploring these steps. Many writers found them to be beneficial, so they should have the same effect on you.