Thursday, February 11, 2016

11 Creative Ways Writers Can Motivate Themselves

Just can’t seem to motivate yourself to write? Here are eleven great ways you can boost your motivation and increase your daily word count.

1. Gotta Pay Those Bills

Writers have bills to pay, just like everyone else. Use those bills to motivate yourself to work and work harder. If you have to, post the bills up on the wall and only take them down when you have earned enough to cover each bill.

2. Dream Board

Dream boards are a very popular motivational tool. Take a large piece of cardboard or buy some poster board and begin cutting and pasting (the old fashioned way) pictures of the things you want. These things can include a dream house, a yacht, a pure bred dog, and a dream vacation. Whatever you want, glue it to your board and keep the board in a prominent place in your work area. Whenever you need a kick in the pants, look at your board and at all the things you can buy if you keep on working.

3. Pin Up Those Quotes

I like to post a new quote each day in my work area. Some people post multiple quotes all over their homes. Find quotes that inspire you and put them in prominent places so that you can read them whenever you need a mental boost.

4. Join a Writer’s Group

Join a writer’s group that is all about helping each other out. The best writer’s groups not only offer writers a hideout, it is also a way to recharge, discuss problems, and it’s a great way to hold yourself accountable to your writing goals.

5. Refuse to Fail

Are you stubborn? Prove it to yourself. Refuse to give up, quit, and whine about it. Set your jaw firm and become one with your determination, even if others are saying you will never make it.

6. Create a Legacy

Will your name live on long after your physical body kicks on the wiffle tree? Set yourself up to be remembered and take pleasuring knowing that your grandkids will be living off your writing talent for many years to come.

7. Set a Master Goal

I often write about setting small goals and making them easy to reach. You should also have one master goal. If you don’t, choose a large, awesome goal, write it down, and post it somewhere in your work area where you will be able to read it each day.

8. Creative Visualization

Before you sit down to work, close your eyes for a moment and visualize yourself doing the work. See and feel yourself completing all of the day’s tasks. Creative visualization is used by many successful people, from athletes to entrepreneurs. Being a writer, creative visualization will come naturally to you, and you are probably already doing it and calling it daydreaming.

9. Deep Breathing Exercises

Taking deep breaths of air brings more oxygen to your brain. It also helps you relax and regain focus. Whenever you are feeling overly worked, anxious, or you just feel as though you need a break (a breather), take five minutes to practice deep breathing. Slowly inhale through your nose, letting your belly expand as you take in air, hold your breath to the count of two or three heartbeats, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Hold your breath again to the count of two or three heartbeats and repeat.

10. It’s a Matter of Pride

Take pride in what you do and how you do it. Anyone who can sit down to write, voluntarily, for any length of time should automatically be proud of themselves. Take that pride a step further and show your self-pride by working on your latest book - a task most people will never complete.

11. Break Out the Exercise Ball

When all else fails, I like to sit on my exercise ball and bounce for a bit. In fact, stepping away from your work and getting any kind of exercise is good for you. It increases oxygen to the brain and helps you reduce your stress levels so that you can sit back down and refocus on your work.

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