Let’s be real.
Writing is gratifying when our thoughts gush out of our heads like cream from a cake. When we pump out a good piece by the end of the day.
When you write a book, you are bound to struggle with periods where you lack the motivation to write or experience writer’s block. To combat this, you need an arsenal of tools and techniques that you can use to help you overcome motivational issues like getting started writing, finding your message.
Famous author Cait Flanders quoted that “What consumes your mind, controls your life”
So here are a few tips which will help you to stay motivated while writing a book.
1: Imagine Yourself Writing
It may sound silly, but just picturing yourself scribing with the pen or fingers clanking on the keyboard alone will motivate faster than anything
William Arthur Ward quoted:
“If you can imagine it,
you can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
you can become it.”
2: Remind yourself the REASON why you started
Just remind yourself why you started writing in the first place. When you finally understand the “why” behind your writing, writing won’t feel like an obstacle.
Don’t write, because other people said so.
Don’t write, because you heard it’s a useful skill.
Don’t write, just because you want to say something.
Write, because you genuinely enjoy it.
Write, because you have something to say
3: Listen to music that fits your writing
Music kicks our mood for practically everything — from dinner dates at home to workouts. Yes, even writing. And it’s especially effective if you’re writing an emotional piece. Just don’t choose songs that have lyrics in your native tongue, because that’ll distract you.
4: Talk to self-driven and successful people
Talking and getting ideas from other people who are in your field and are successful will boost your confidence and will also help you to learn from their experiences.
The self-driven people have a different aura near them and that aura is alone sufficient for boosting your moral or motivating you.
5: Drink coffee, tea, chocolate, anything that has caffeine
Ever wonder why people go to coffee shops to write?
Because one cup of coffee has enough caffeine to get you focused and make you feel like you’re on top of your game.
**1 cup coffee = 95mg caffeine**
“Writing is considered by many to be an arduous and daunting task, but the energizing effects of the caffeine in coffee helps overcome at least the first of many obstacles, the blank page.”
6: Be physically comfortable
Wear cotton. Sit in a comfortable chair. Turn on the AC or heater.
Even small things like these can turn your I-don’t-feel-like-writing mood around.
7: Announce online that you’ll write every day.
By telling the entire world what you’re about to do, it’s enough to kick to get you started.
After all, failing in public is much more shameful than you breaking your promise.
8: Reward yourself for writing
Your mind secretly craves rewards when you do good work. Think about your paycheck. Your bonuses. Don’t you feel more motivated to work harder?
The same thing applies to write. If you reward yourself for completing a post, or for even one sentence, you won’t hesitate to keep on writing.
9: MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS
Something you should do is disconnect the internet so it’s just you and the laptop for typing. Most laptops and phones have what is called “airplane mode”. With this, all you have to do is turn it on – your internet access will be temporarily disabled.
It’s easy to want to check your favorite blogs, get caught up in research for what you’re writing, or to check in on your social networks.
By turning off these distractions, it will be much easier for you to finish writing. Use the internet as a reward for when you have completed the writing goal for the day.
While it’s impossible to completely get rid of distractions, it’s a very important part of being able to successfully focus and finish your work.
As much as you might hate it, exercise cures unmotivated minds.
Because when you move your body around, you pump more oxygen to your brain, giving you that rush of insight to just give it you’re all.
How to stay motivated while writing a book?
- Imagine Yourself writing
- Remind yourself the REASON why you started
- Listen to music that fits your writing
- Talk to self-driven and successful people
- Drink coffee, tea, chocolate, anything that has caffeine
- Be physically comfortable
- Announce online that you’ll write every day
- Reward yourself for writing
- MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS
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