Inspirational, Writer Tips

How to Win Back Your Inspiration and Motivation and Write Your Book!

With or without quarantine, it’s always hard to find inspiration and motivation to write your book. But now, more than ever, us writers are all struggling to sit at our computers and write something good.

So today, I’m giving you 4 huge hacks to getting yourself motivated and inspired to write again.

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1. Get Started

Well, you’ve got to start from somewhere, right? And that somewhere should be the beginning. The beginning of the day, in fact.

Most people go about their mornings wrong. They wake up late, forget breakfast, mope around in pjs, and basically scroll through social media all day long.

I’m not feeling any inspirationl vibes from that right now.

So, let’s change this!

I don’t care if you’re in quarantine or not right now and you have the ability to do the above paragraph, just try and do these things to get you going and motivated for the day:

  • Get out of bed a reasonable time. It’s okay to sleep in, but don’t do it for so long that you wake up cranky or miss half of your day.
  • Eat a good breakfast. We probably all know the ‘cliche’ saying about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, sometimes, cliche’s are said so often because they’re so true. Eat enough good food that you’ll not only be not hungry until lunch but also so that you’ll have a good mood for the day. (Yes, food affects your mood.)
  •  Get dressedGetting dressed helps you wake up, so throw on your favorite clothes, and wear bright, happy colors. (Your clothing can also affect your mood as well!). I accidentally spelt ‘food’ instead of ‘mood’ If you’re a girl, I also suggest doing your hair or makeup if you’re into that.
  • Still need to wake up? Just cozy up with a good book for half an hour, and then hop right into things!

You can try any amount of these tips that you’d like, but for the best results, do them all, and do them so often that it becomes a habit. Who wouldn’t want to be motivated every day?

Tip: Don’t touch your bed for the whole day. It may be comfy, but you’ll sleep and feel much better if you do not touch it until it’s bed time again!

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2. Set Up a Time

The ‘I don’t have time!’ excuse has kind of died out right now (unless you’ve been a homeschooler like me through all of this and nothing about your load of school work has changed).

Pretty soon, summer vacation is going to roll around, and we might be faced with laziness or boredom (or in quarantine, it might be happening to you right now-which is why I’m writing this post).

So, how can we stop ourselves from wasting away free days like this? Set up a time to write.

Even if you have nothing else to do all day, schedule a time you know you’re free to write from.

  • For example, you can write a fairly long time, like from 2:00-4:00p.m, or even something as short as 3:00-3:30 p.m (or a.m if you’re insane *grins pleasantly*)

Depending on your day, you might want to write in spurts. So, if you like to write in smaller times, do it from something like 1:00-1:30, 2:30-3:00, etc. The cool part is, you can adjust, create, and stick to whatever schedule you want! And it really helps you get a LOT of writing done.

 

3. Get Me Inspired, Get Me Motivated

Alright, this is all we’ve been leading up to! You’ve gotten a good start, you’ve mapped out your time frames, but now…you actually have to write.

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The thing is, after putting in so much work to getting up and getting ready, you don’t want to hit Perfectionist Block, and you most certainly do not want to feel bland and bored, staring at your document and then slowly scoot out of your chair to do something non-writing related…

So let’s get inspired! Let’s get motivated:

  • Inspiration: Go onto Pinterest and make a board about your book and characters and make it EPIC! Then just scroll through it and feel inspired.
  • Motivation: Take a shower, take a walk, go read outside-motivation can come to you by just stopping what you’re doing and doing something else in a different place. If you do the same thing over and over again, you’re not going to get different results. It’s insanity. (Says Albert Einstein!)
  • Inspiration and Motivation: Talk to your writerly friends. I can’t even count how many times I’ve ended a phone call with my cousin, or finished a conversation with my sisters, and I’ve come out inspired AND motivated to write my book. A win-win combo!
  • Inspiration and Motivation: Think of the finished project. You have NO IDEA how much this gets me going-the thoughts of people loving my characters as much as I do, the thought of holding a paperback and hardcover in my hands and stroking a beautiful cover, the thought of even having it made into a movie literally makes my inspiration and motivation to write go WAY up.

 

4. Take Breaks/Give Yourself Rewards

Whether you’re going to do a long sprint of writing for 2 hours, or a quick spurt of just half an hour, breaks are important.

After you complete your writing time, instead of flopping on your bed and checking social media, go outside and take a walk, read a book, draw, bake, or do anything you want! anything you want which is productive hehehe

But what’s going to make you want to come back?

Well, tell yourself that once your scheduled writing time comes around, you’ll stop your break, give yourself a reward for your writing efforts and for your efforts to stay motivated and inspired, and then begin the process all over again!

But what kind of awards should I give myself?

Okay, we don’t all need to make ourselves a wedding cake and feast on it while writing every single time.

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Instead, stick to the small joys, like making yourself a tall, warm or cold cup of your favorite beverage, maybe you love fuzzy socks and you can throw them on, or maybe you can just jam to some awesome music! 

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It’s always hard to sit down and write-now, most especially. But we can do this, guys! Let’s spend these free days wisely so that when we go back to work (whether that be your job or school), you will have left doing something worthwhile.  

 

Are you struggling with writing?

Did these tips help you?

*P.S. Sorry for not posting last week-finals have been keeping me very busy!

 

 

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Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

 

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How to Win Back Your Inspiration and Motivation and Write Your Book!

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4 thoughts on “How to Win Back Your Inspiration and Motivation and Write Your Book!”

  1. Very good tips, Mary! I agree with them all! I think the biggest thing I should alter in my writing life is setting times for it. I usually don’t get to write until the afternoon and sometimes hardly get any done at all. I should be more aware of that!

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    1. Thank you, Caleb! Ohh that’s true. Honestly, I feel the same way-I’ve always found writing times to be the hardest thing to follow, but it’s really the best one. And yes, that’s totally a good thing to be aware of!

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