Finding the motivation to write can sometimes be a difficult and daunting task. On more than one occasion you might have found yourself looking at a blank piece of paper, willing the words to just magically appear, line after line. Only, you all know as well as I do that, that’s just not how things work out, sadly. But don’t worry because that’s why we’re here. At Earnesty Community we all love to write and what comes with that love is also the thing we all hate. Writer’s block. However, we’ve put our heads together to find methods of motivation to keep our creative juices flowing and the cruel beats of writer’s block at bay.
For us at EC motivation comes in many different forms, as it does for most people. From the list, we’ve curated here are the top three ways you can get motivated to combat that Writer’s Block and blank piece of paper.
Way number one is all about your atmosphere. If you’re just sitting in your room all day and staring at a blank piece of paper, odds are your current setting and atmosphere aren’t working for you. Switch things up a little. It can be something as small as opening or closing your blinds to heading for your local cafe. More often than not your setting and atmosphere will have a big part in the way your story is crafted. If you’re sitting in a noisy part of the library and unable to concentrate while you’re writing, more likely than not you won’t be putting out your best work if any at all.
Try different things out. Maybe your favorite seat in the house just ain’t cutting it anymore. Go sit in the kitchen for a while or even out on the front porch for some fresh air. There’s also nothing like changing up the scenery a bit and checking out your local library or cafe.
Way number two to get your motivation up and going is one that a lot of you already put into good practice every day, even if you don’t realize it and that’s to read. No matter how small, just read. This could be the package label on some canned food or an entire novel sitting on your bookshelf.
Reading is one of the best ways to get motivated because now, you’re looking at something that’s been published. You’re looking at a goal come reality for what you very well might be aiming for in your own writing journey. There’s also the fact that books are chock full of information. You don’t have to read just anything to get motivated, though it is a start. Are you writing a mystery/thriller story?
Then pick up a Sherlock Holmes book or anything that you find captivating in the same genre! While we’re not encouraging you to use the same plotline and material, it’s always nice to get a lay of the land your writing in. It’ll get your thoughts going and those creative juices flowing.
Maybe, you hear this one song on the radio that you absolutely love and can’t get enough of listening to while you write and you’re stuck in your story somewhere. Don’t just listen to that song, look up the lyrics and read them. Looking at something and listening to something can have differences in the way you process and think. Who knows, it might be just the thing you need to get out of that writing slump.
Alright, our third and final way is something that I’m sure a lot of you hear a lot and, while it is annoying there’s a reason you hear it so much. Because it works.
If changing your atmosphere just isn’t working and reading things just isn’t helping and everything else you’re trying is falling short of what you’d like then what you’re going to have to do is just write. Write even if it’s difficult because, at the end of the day, you can edit crappy work and polish it to be your best but you can’t edit a blank page.
Sometimes, you’ve just got to force yourself to write whether you’re feeling it or not. Eventually, you’ll get to a spot in the story where you find it really exciting to write that part and the words will just flow out of you. A lot of the time you might hear people say the hardest part is writing that first word or the first sentence or the first paragraph, but it’s always the first. After that, while it might not always be smooth sailing it’ll definitely be an easier time because, after that first, you have the second and third that build off the foundation laid out by the first. So, in order to get to that point, you may very well just need to force yourself to write.
Also, try not to worry about the quality of your work when it is in it’s early stages. I cannot stress how important this is. While it’s good to aim for perfection, it’s often the only reason we end up with writer’s block and frustration. It’s important for writers to learn how to control their inner critics and let the words flow without restrictions. We can always go back and fix the errors when we’re done, we’re not writing on stones anymore.
Well, there you have it. Three tips on how to feel motivated when the creative juices don’t flow.
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