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.
I am a late bloomer. When some of my writers friends asked me how long I have been writing I told them since the end of 2009. What I received back was wonder and amazement for they had been working on their books for way longer.
Let me give you a brief background into how it started. In the summer of 2009 my husband mentioned to a dear and close friend of mine that he felt I wrote well. She proceeded to tell me. For how else do you tell your wife this but through her friend, right? Near the end of 2009 I had two surgeries, they were unrelated, within 6 weeks of each other. One did require I stay in bed for a few days. Now since she told me in the summer this bit of news from hubby I had been thinking in my head a story. With me being laid up for a few weeks I proceeded to start working on my first novel that is now known as “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rain forest Adventure” which lead me on this path.
Sure, I wrote some poetry when I was growing up and in fact I still have the notebooks they are in but as far as writing novels and such that was not something I thought of. But once you start writing the writing bug takes a hold of you and now to not write is not something I would ever consider.
So while people who do not write have said, and will again, to me, “Are you still writing?” it is refreshing when a fellow writer and author comes to me and says, “Sharon, what are you working on right now?”
The bug is alive and well in me which suits me fine.