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One of the obstacles of writing is lack of motivation or demotivation. It is a complete lack of interest for writing – this is the writer’s terror and the most notorious obstacle to a writer’s smooth progress even before the obstacle of getting published( rejection) – it’s only when you get the words out on the blank page that you will ever think of publishing. Isn’t it?
Why are you demotivated?
This is the question you need to ask yourself whenever you experience a lack of motivation. You must dig deep into what has taken your motivation away.
There are reasons why things that happen to us happen.
Check your feelings or emotion
Emotions especially when they’re on the extreme due to the effects of the inevitable happenings to us, tend to interfere with the normal functioning of the brain thereby inhibition the normal thinking and reasoning process.
Feelings like anger, frustration, fear, stress, anxiety, depression, overwhelming situations, excess joy/celebration mood, loneliness, sadness and sorrow, seriously interfere with the thinking pattern, making it hard to get anywhere close to your writing enthusiasm. Writers’ block takes root in these emotions and, if nothing is done about it, it might last as long as the emotion lasts.
What do you do?
Write about your emotions.
On a separate page, write down how you feel. During the process of writing it down, you’ll find out that you’re feeling better. It’s like punching a punch-bag when you’re very mad – it makes you feel good and relaxes you.
You may not write this for the public eyes, but just to get the feelings off your chest, to make way for thoughts important to your writing. Write it as you feel it. You may extract a useful inspiration from it.
What do you do to overcome a lack of interest in writing?
Motivate yourself – The is the best way to get motivation in its absence – making yourself want to write!
How do you motivate yourself?
- Pick up a book
Through reading what someone else has written, new ideas pop up. Try reading a story, magazine or an inspiring book, quotes and so on.
- Try prewriting
Another name for prewriting is free-writing. This is what you do before the actual writing. Minds are always full of thoughts in fragments. Put those thoughts down. They sound stupid but put them down, whatever comes to your mind. Write them down as they come, without minding the mistakes or how terrible they sound. In doing this, you might extract a striking topic or new ideas to help you write.
- Get outside, get active
Exercise is an essential part of a writers life. And when it comes to making your brain stay active with thoughts and ideas, it is almost perfect. Make it a routine to exercise daily or three times a week. Make the blood pump in your veins and your brain will reward you with great free useful words.
- Why do you write?
What was your first motivation? Why do you write? To make extra money? To create an online presence? To become a well-known writer? Reminding yourself about why you write will help you stay motivated. Remind yourself every day. Write some motivating notes to yourself, place them on the wall close to where you write, and look at them often. If you write to earn some money and have started earning already, that’s enough motivation. That’s the writing becomes a do or die affair – that’s when you begin to tell others that there is no such thing as writer’s block. This is true for professional writers. For them, writer’s block or demotivation don’t exist.
- Try a more peaceful writing environment
The place you pick must be very quiet and away from your home if possible. This is because you’re likely to be distracted when at home. Most professional writers have offices away from home. If you are an upcoming writer and can’t afford an office of your own away from home, go to the library, or into nature, coffee shop. Go to wherever works for you.
- Take a short break
When it becomes too much, and it seems as if nothing works, take a short break from writing and the thought of it. This is where a lot of writers especially beginners make the mistake of going on a long writing vacation and forget they’re writers.
Before taking a break to have it at the back of your mind that you’re taking a break to regain your writing motivation and whatever you do must be something to help you recollect your writing self. You can hang out with friends, or take a walk with someone into nature to have a long meaningful chat.
After doing the above you’re likely to pick up from where you stopped.