How do you stay motivated to write? Just reading status of fellow writers it seems people have taken some time off, even if they didn’t mean to, to work on their manuscripts. Some took days off and before they knew it months had gone by.
For others life has gotten in the way with health issues, moving, family and a host of other things that has slowed them done. And we can’t even blame the holidays for it seems to occur year round.Trying to motivate them isn’t easy when they toss out, “Well, I haven’t written due to _____?” I get it. Life has a sense of humor that is not always funny to us.
If you can’t seem to break out of it or the present WIP is just not exciting to you when you look at it maybe try a new project. You can start working on a different manuscript. Perhaps try with a short story or a writing prompt. Maybe enter a writing contest. Anything that can get you back into the game.
Start small if you have to. Write a paragraph or perhaps up to a page. Just get words down. It may seem pointless to write so little but at least you are writing something, anything, to get you back into the game of writing.
Is your working space conducive to writing? Is it too near a tv, the couch or oh my gosh the fridge? I know friends who are writers that make themselves go to coffee shops or libraries to avoid the traps of the house and working at home. But even there you have to be careful you don’t channel surf on your computer or tablet on your various social media sites. A time killer no matter where you are.
I am a frugal person. No, not cheap but frugal. There is a difference. To go somewhere and pay for things I already have at home does not always sit well with me. One of the perks of writing by hand my manuscripts is I can write anywhere I chose to write. However when I transcript them on the computer that is where I need to watch and make sure I don’t get distracted.
It is easy to stop and get a quick snack, go pet your animal, watch a sort sitcom and the list goes on. That won’t hurt unless you doing it too often to where your craft suffers. One can get distracted regardless of where you are at. But to be able to find a nice quiet place, regardless where it is at, is a true treasure and one I hope you all find in 2018.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah and all the ones I am missing. May the holidays be a time of peace and joy. If you are traveling safe journey whatever method that is being used. If you are alone for whatever reason may the season be kind to you.
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year, may it be better than 2017.
See you in 2018.