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Writing and Motivation

Writing and motivation go hand in hand and if you really wish to succeed in your writing, you have to learn how to push yourself even when writing is the last thing you feel like doing. We all have days when writing motivation is non existent, you slept poorly, have personal problems to chew over, the neighbour’s children are screaming and your head is crashing etc but even during those times, you have to learn to dig deep and rise to the challenge, effectively blocking out all external distractions.

Any writing motivation has to come from within and it’s dependent on how much you desire getting published and making your name known within writing circles. It’s not easy to stay motivated, there are days when I really don’t want to even switch the laptop on, let alone do any work but in my case, fear of missing deadlines and an inner need to write make me step up to the mark. I also need to plan my writing day the night before as if left to the morning, I would simply procrastinate.

If you really struggle to find your writing motivation, get out of the house, take a notebook and pen and go for a walk. Taking in a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery is sometimes all that is needed to clear the cobwebs from your brain and you can make notes every now and then if inspiration strikes – and it will.

I have found that often the mundane hampers creativity. We start the day with good intent but the distractions start flooding in, the phone that doesn’t stop ringing, the jobs that need to be done around the house and before you know it, distraction has won and your writing motivation has come to a grinding halt. How many times have you said, I’ll do my writing later? If you feel guilty about letting time and opportunity pass you by, you’re not alone but it is up to you to change that as no one else can do it for you.

The best way to accelerate your writing and motivation is to really consider what you want to achieve, write it down and even shout it from the rooftops and once you found the creative driving force within, make the most of it and start writing each and every day.

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