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How to Stay
Motivated With Your Writing
by Lee Masterson
No matter what job you do, everyone has moments where
motivation dries up. Writing is exactly the same. While
your story is new, its fresh and exciting and
youre fired up ready to tackle the plot twists and
About a third of the way into your book, the story
isnt new any more and the writing has become just
another chore to get through. Its at this point
that many writers give up and go off in search of that
fresh, exciting feel of a different story to write.
What many of these writers forget is that writing is a
job, just like any other. Admittedly its a fun,
challenging, rewarding job but never make the
mistake of thinking that its too far removed from
what you do during your day job.
Professional writers and novelists know this. They treat
their love of writing as a viable business and they plan
ways to keep the creative juices flowing even on days
where inspiration might be running low.
So how do you keep your motivation levels high?
So many writers feel as though they cant read books
by other writers while theyre creating their own
masterpiece. They dont want the distraction
creeping in to prey on their confidence levels.
The point of reading a lot of different books by various
writers is that youll learn to understand how to
spot a lemon at 20 paces. Youll begin to notice
dialogue that doesnt sound like real speech and
youll spot plot-holes large enough to drive a car
By reading more, youre teaching your mind valuable
writing skills. Gaining an understanding of what moved
you or made you laugh goes a long way into improving your
own skills. Youll also keep your mind fresh as you
learn to look at your own work with a different level of
If youre working on a novel-length work then your
mind may decide it wants to take a break. Nothing you do
seems to get the motivation flowing. Forcing yourself to
continue working on a section of your novel when your
mind is on strike simply wont work.
Take a little time out from your main project and work on
a short story in a completely different genre. Give your
mind a way to relax and have a little fun. This break
away from the pressure of writing a longer piece can
often be a great way to bring back the motivation for
your bigger project.
Where is it written that you must write your novel from
beginning to end in order? If youre struggling with
one section, skip ahead and write something else that
interests you instead. You can always come back to the
part you missed later.
When you feel as though your motivation has deserted you,
take time out and go for a walk. It doesnt need to
be a power-walk or a fitness related thing. Simply go
outside away from your computer and walk around.
Let your mind roam and think about your story. Picture
your characters getting through the plot and overcoming
the obstacles you put before them.
What Youre Writing
Theres no bigger motivation killer than trying to
write something that doesnt inspire you. There are
so many stories from writers all over the world who sat
down to write a romance novel when they have no interest
in romance because they thought theyd have a better
chance of getting it published.
What those writers learned is that if youre not
enjoying what youre doing youll either burn
out or youll grow bored. Even worse, your lack of
enjoyment will show through in your writing style and
editors will notice that your novel isnt as fresh
or alive as it should be.
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