Sometimes I have to ease myself into the writing process. It looks something like this:
- Turn on my computer then go do something else in another room.
- Come back to my computer and open a blank word document - or the document that I want to work on - and then leave the room again.
- Come back to my desk, look at the word document, and then maybe check my e-mail - which I probably had just checked 5 minutes earlier.
- When there’s nothing left to respond to in my inbox, I’ll return to the word document and read over the last paragraph, maybe even make a few minor edits - ex: add or remove a comma.
- Next, I might check Twitter to see if anyone has sent a message or posted anything new.
- At this point, I either return to the word document, dig right into the writing, get lost in it for hours...
- ...OR I decide I can’t sit at my desk anymore so I leave my computer to start something completely different - like making a snack or reading a book or watching TV. This is also when I realize how messy my office is and how badly I need to vacuum.
I go through this agonizing process more frequently than I'd like to admit, and much more frequently when I haven’t been writing every day.
Motivation for writers is not a new topic. I’m including some useful links that provide tips for staying motivated to write, but I can sum up all the tips for you and save you some time:
- Just sit down (or stand, or whatever) and write! A word, a sentence, a paragraph, a page. Just write. Every day.
Links to Stay Motivated to Write
- 9 Ways to Get Started and Stay Motivated
- 10 Tips for Daily Writing
- Motivation, Encouragement, and Inspiration for Writers
How do you stay motivated?
Written by Anne Greenawalt: follow me on Twitter for a fusion of creative writing and competitive sports with a twist of feminist intent.