3 Keys to Getting Motivated to Write So You Can Get Words On the Page
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3 Keys to Getting Motivated to Write So You Can Get Words On the Page

Writing is hard. In fact, Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, "Easy reading is damn hard writing." I believe he's right. It takes a lot of time and effort to write in a way that will make it easy for readers to read. It takes thought and tweaking to revise so the words flow just right.

With all these things in mind, is it any wonder some of us struggle to write? Combine this with self-doubt, procrastination, and a need for perfection, and we're lucky if we ever write anything useful.

Do you have trouble getting motivated to write? Do you want to write but you can't seem to sit down and focus on your writing? Do you need to write blog posts and newsletters for your readers so you can develop relationships with your prospects and customers?

If so, then you must get past those hurdles so you can be productive and successful in your business.

It's time to get motivated. Here are three keys to getting motivated to write:

Make it a habit

When you perform a task consistently, you turn it into a routine, second nature. You also grumble less because you have incorporated it into your schedule. Not doing it at the same time every day or as consistently as you should can lead to distress (at least for me). It's something you do on a regular basis. You know that at 8 AM (or whatever time you set) you need to sit down to write your next blog post.

Experts say it takes 21 days of consistency to create a habit, so set your writing session in stone in your schedule. Have a specific time every day that you allot for your writing.

Write about what interests you

It's really hard to write about something you're not interested in, so make sure your topics interest you or are ones you feel passionate about.

Writing fiction comes naturally to me. If I were to pick my second top interest, it would be on writing, and the third would be business writing for leadership development and business management clients. I love fiction–that's my passion–, but I also love to learn new ways to improve myself and business.

Set an appealing reward (or extreme consequence)

Are you ready to be ruthless about meeting your writing goals? Let's get started.

What is an appealing reward for you? What is something that you want badly? (No, I'm not talking about that NOOK you've wanted since last Christmas). I mean, a piece of chocolate or a bowl of ice cream or a movie night. It has to be something enticing.

Or what is an extreme consequence? Is there anything that you don't want to do under any circumstances? Maybe 50 pushups or crunches. Or maybe it's babysitting your neighbor's kids.

The more ruthless, the better.

Once you've decided on your reward (or consequence), the second step to this key is to have the control to enforce it. Don't touch that piece of chocolate until your blog post is done. Don't sit down for a movie with your spouse until your newsletter is scheduled for delivery to your subscribers.

Are you ready to get motivated and get your writing done? Who's with me?

Jody Calkins
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Jody Calkins

MG/YA Author & Book Editor at Emery Road Writing Services, LLC
Jody Calkins is a MG/YA Author & Book Editor, Writer's Coach, Content Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Pilot's Wife. Author of SHATTERED, a YA speculative thriller. Her editing services and training programs help novelists improve their writing skills, get motivated to write, improve productivity and time management, and battle self-doubt and other roadblocks. She works with middle-grade, young adult, and adult books in a variety of genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Self-Help.
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  • Making it a habit was the hardest thing for me. Once I set a reminder on my phone to write twice a week, it became much easier. Thank you for sharing these tips!!

  • Pat

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I thought of not having to babysit some neighbours kids is a great motivational tool. I can see I will think of a few other creative ones to keep me from procrastinating.

  • I like the part of giving ourselves a reward…I will certainly implement this one; thanks Jody

  • Great points Jody, your always spot on the writing resistance, thanks!

  • haha–I like the extreme consequence section! 50 push-ups for not being consistent with writing!!

  • Thanks for these tips… I’m new to this writing stuff, so I can use the help! When you are talking about making it a habit, “not doing it at the same time everyday” was a light bulb moment for me. I’m making myself write 2 blogs each week, but struggle to get them done because I put them off. I’m going to schedule a time of day to do my writing… & then do it! Thank you!

  • You’re not alone, Jandi. It’s so easy to put it off (I do that, too, sometimes!). I have found it works best to stick to a schedule and to write several different posts (just the first drafts) in one sitting. That way, when you’re having an off day, you have something to edit and use. Hope that helps!

  • Do you think 50 push-ups is enough? 🙂

  • Thanks Jody
    I will use all these tips. I think making it a habit it really important. It takes 21 days to create a new habit right? Ahh! in just 3 weeks it will feel much easier. 😉

  • Prudence MacLeod

    Jody, once again you inspire me to get busy. These are great tips. Thanks again for another push in the right direction.

    Bless, Pru

    https://www.prudencemacleod.com/

  • Hi Prudence – Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you find the posts helpful! 🙂

  • TeenWriter900

    Thank you! This has helped me so much! 😀

  • DebiRaye

    Thankyou for your advice I am going to try it. I have been trying to write for so long but keep avoiding it as I am not a confident writer.

  • Elmer Escoto

    Hello, Jody. Thanks for sharing your advice. I believe that is my problem: I do not have a routine, a set time, I try to do it whenever I can, but most of the time I am so absorbed by work and the day to day activities that I just don’t write anything. That discourages me, and then I feel like I can’t do anything. But I own the early morning, so I think that’s the time I will set for myself. A bit early, but alone and quiet. Thanks again for sharing

  • Hi Elmer. Thanks for your comment. I know what you mean. It’s hard to write when we have so many other things going on. Start with a small, manageable time commitment and then work your way up so you don’t get overwhelmed too soon. Good luck and let me know how you’re doing!