We've all had days where inspiration is nonexistent, where the cursor tauntingly blinks, where the wordcount looks like it's never g...

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We've all had days where inspiration is nonexistent, where the cursor tauntingly blinks, where the wordcount looks like it's never going to climb. The days where we don't want to write. Inspiration is a fickle thing, and one of the important steps of becoming a writer is to learn to write with and without it. But how do you start churning out the words when you feel empty of inspiration? How do you make yourself sit down and write despite it all?

It all starts with motivation. Over the last few of my writing years, where inspiration has been on the dry side, I've collected five ways that I motivate myself to write. Some of them might not work for you, but here's hoping that one or two do, and the words pour out!


1) Exercise

Believe me, I thought I would be the last person to ever say this. But exercise doesn't have to consist of intense aerobics, sprinting, and drowning in sweat. To exercise I either dance or I go on a walk around my area. Early morning walks where I listen to podcasts or music always loosen up my body and mind, and I find myself eager to get to the keyboard straight after.

2) Reward System

Bargain with yourself. Think of what you'd rather be doing than writing at the moment, then tell yourself "We can do that when ____." Approaching this post I was torn between being productive and playing the Sims Medieval (such a childhood throwback by the way), and told myself as soon as I finished writing this post, I could play an hour's worth of it. Rewarding yourself also helps your brain associate writing as something that is beneficial, or has enjoyable outcomes, meaning the next time you think about writing, it's more likely to want to do it. 

3) Get Creative

Step outside of your usual activities, and do something creative you've thought about doing for awhile. Draw for the first time in a month. Compose a song. Bring out the paints, or pens, or start that bullet journal you've been planning. Our minds and hearts need to have input before we can output, and almost ironically it's through creating other things without any expectations of perfection or achievement, that my brain settles down and is happy to write.


4) Writing Prompts

Pinterest and other sites are overflowing with these, and a lot are really, really fantastic! As long as you don't get sucked down the wormhole, free writing is a brilliant way to spark ideas and get you writing even if it's not the writing that you were intending to do. Your imagination will appreciate the chance to play around and see what it comes up with. If none of the prompts around you seem interesting, have a look out your window and jot down what you see. Anything to get you started writing!

5) Understand Why

If none of the above or your tried and true techniques work, have a moment of self reflection and ask yourself why it is you have no motivation to write. Maybe you're frustrated with your story and where it's going, and need to spend some time brainstorming. Or maybe it's time to take a break from it, which, as long as you don't give up on yourself as a writer, is completely okay. We all do it. Maybe challenges, whether health or family, are hitting hard right now and you feel drained. Relax. Rest, and pray. For as much as writing consistently is amazing, sometimes the only way to get motivation is to reflect, and wait. 


How do you motivate yourself to write? Do you have any other tips that you'd like to share? Have there been any times where you can't be motivated, no matter what?
Have a wonderful day, and best wishes with your writing. <3


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  1. Understanding why and rewards systems, I've used in the past with great success. If I'm really bored, I'll walk for a minute.

    Music is a great motivator for me! And believe it or not, sometimes movies or TV helps too. Seeing the physical reminder of my story sometimes gets the pen rolling again.

    Awesome post, Melissa!

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    1. Oh yes, music is a great one! And very true! Sometimes I watch a TV episode to get my creative juices flowing again too. It's great that you know what works to get you motivated. :D

      Thanks so much!

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  2. I do a lot of these tips too. One of the things that works for me is on days when I have really low motivation is to set a timer for fifteen minutes and write the whole time. If I've gotten in the zone when time is up, then I can keep going, but if I'm really done, then I can stop.

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    1. Ooh a timed writing session is a great idea! I'll have to try that sometime. It seems a good method to determine whether or not you have the motivation to write for an extended period of time. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Great tips! My favorite way to motivate myself is actually by reading other people's writing, especially if it's in the same genre as my story. Somehow, seeing their awesome success + talent pushes me to go out and work on my own. Exercising is something I need to get in the habit of doing, though--walks generally do help me get into a creative vibe, but I very rarely do any sort of physical activity whatsoever.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. Thanks Eleanor! :D Oh that's so interesting! I have a similar response when reading amazing books, but I know some writers find it disheartening, so it must come down to the individual. :) Yes, walks are so great! The best kind of exercise in my opinion haha.

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  4. The exercise one really does work, but I hate doing it.

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    1. Same here! That's why I try and find enjoyable forms of exercise. :)

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  5. I use the rewards system all the time! Like if I write 250 word I can watch five minutes o a YouTube video.

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    1. Nice, Youtube is always a great reward! I'd only struggle to stop at five minutes. xD

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