Are you the type of writer who starts a project but fails to complete them?
Are you easily sidetracked by a new idea, only to drop it for another new idea? Do you fall in love with the initial creativity but soon become overwhelmed with the pressure of writing a full piece? I’m that writer, I’d admit.
I have published four books, but on my laptop, I have three more which need either finishing and editing or editing and publishing. My draft folder on WordPress has fourteen draft blog posts that I have yet to complete and schedule. My writing books hold ideas and stories and projects that I’ve brainstormed but haven’t given time to develop. In short, I’m an ideas person and for a long time, it stayed that way.
But there came a point where I wanted to see these fantastic writing dreams come alive and experience them in reality. I wanted the idea out of my head and onto paper so that I wasn’t the only person enjoying them. And I’ve done exactly that, I’ve written books and blogs to completion, published for all the world to see. However, old habits die hard and it’s high time I finished what I started.
Staying motivated long after the feeling of inspiration has left you can be challenging. There is no button that you can press that makes your writing come out with ease. But you can put some things in place to encourage your creative process. I’ve listed six tips that work for me:
If writing has started to feel like a chore to you, take some well-deserved time out and read. If you’re writing a book or blog, perhaps read something in that genre to remind you of why you love it in the first place. Perhaps return to a favourite book and find comfort in the storyline, bask in the feelings it provokes and let it inspire you to come back to your writing. Though we can inspire others by writing, we must allow ourselves the opportunity to be inspired by words we haven’t written. Whether you opt for an evening of blog-surfing, or a trip to the library, take the time to read.
Visit a bookshop
I know I can’t be the only writer who has fantasised about seeing their books on sale in a bookshop. Imagine walking into your local Waterstones and seeing your books piled up on a table display. Or perhaps they’ll occupy an entire shelf with a personal recommendation from the staff. Right? Sound good? Hold onto that feeling.
Listen to classical music
I love writing but there comes a point where I find it uncomfortable. Starting everything feels easy enough but it’s the finishing bit I have to really push myself. I am easily distracted so it helps to create an environment that ensures I give my writing my full attention. I love listening to classical music when I write, often via a Spotify or Youtube playlist, because it relaxes me and fills my head with all sorts of imaginary scenes in response to what I’m listening to. There are no lyrics to sing along to or get distracted with, instead, you can listen and let your imagination to fill in the blanks.
Revisit your plans
The planning process can be very exciting and it is in that moment we see the magic of what we are creating coming together. But once you’ve spent some time writing, it’s fair to say that you can lose sight of the feeling you had when you started out. When I wrote Shattered Dreams, it felt (and it was) like a long process that seemed impossible to push through. I’d given up a few times but then found my notes and read through it all feeling that initial passion reignite. And often, to get our books or blogs written, sometimes reading through the points we wanted to cover is inspiration enough for us to keep going.
Share your writing goals for accountability
I’m not sure if you’ve got the memo, but I created an online writing group for people who want to build their confidence in their writing. It’s called Writing With Confidence and you can join up here. It’s free and fabulous! The idea is that you are part of a wider community that will support you to reach your goals. I’ve said before that writing a book can be a lonely pursuit, but with the power of the internet it certainly doesn’t have to be.
Get a Writing Coach
Why wait for that bucket load of inspiration to arrive when you can just speak to a writing coach? It’s hard work staying motivated all the time, especially when working on a big project like a book, so it helps to be surrounded by people who understand your vision. A Writing Coach takes it one step further, understands your need to write your book and reminds you of the steps you need to take to get there. It’s more than an informal chat, it’s the unbiased guidance that comes with having a Writing Coach that will leave you feeling like you can conquer anything. Intrigued? Find out more about it here.
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