Like every professional in the world, a writer too needs motivation. At times, there is little or no need for motivation because inspiration does the trick. When you have a great idea or you are considerably inspired, you will have no trouble getting down to write and you would conveniently put your thoughts and ideas into words. Weaving stories when you are inspired or filled with ideas is not exactly a challenge. But that becomes a challenge when you are not inspired, or inspired enough.
It is during those mundane days and months that a writer needs motivation. Every writer knows that inspiration isn’t the rising sun. It doesn’t come every morning. Ideas aren’t always bubbling to the surface of your mind, ready for the page, or keyboard. Thus, a writer needs motivation to start writing and also to keep writing. Even those who have ideas or inspiration will reach a phase in writing that book or piece when they would need motivation.
Here are a few tips to overcome the challenge of motivation for a writer.
Have a healthy lifestyle. Nothing works against a writer than poor lifestyle choices. Lack of enough sleep, eating unhealthy foods, not taking care of one’s health, lack of exercise and various kinds of addictions; all are detrimental to a writer. Contrary to what many common folks might believe, writers don’t usually get drowned in alcohol or smoke while writing. If a person is too intoxicated, then it is unlikely he or she would write anything worthwhile. Having a healthy body and mind, sound sleep and a pleasant setting at home or wherever you are writing, is quintessential to staying motivated.
One should always write when one is comfortable. If you leave some pressing matters unattended and you sit down to write, then you will be distracted and you would end up wasting time. If you don’t feel like writing, then don’t do it. Even if you manage to sit and focus on the paper, you will end up writing poorly if you are unwilling or disinterested.
Now, for motivation you would have to be an observer. Everything around you is important. Every book, every movie, every picture, every person, every object and nature, all are extremely important. The mind doesn’t just conceive things on its own. The mind too draws inspiration from whatever it records and understands or doesn’t understand.
Don’t make yourself available for other people all the time. I read recently that one of the best words a writer can use is the word “No.” Not in your prose, but to the people who want to take your productive time away from you. Protect it. Don’t waste time watching television or doing something that is unproductive. All these times wasted will take away the chances you could get to motivate yourself.
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