So I have a problem
or five. I have plenty of writing ideas, outlines and characters…but a lack of motivation.
Maybe motivation isn’t the the right word – basically, I want to write but can’t seem to force myself to do it. And it’s (almost) literally been the death of me.
Luckily, I’ve found a few ways around it.
I always write on a computer or laptop, but lately I’ve found that first draft chapters are easier to write if I do it in a notebook. It makes me stop and think, because my handwriting can’t usually keep up with my thoughts.
As I’ve gotten more into my story I haven’t needed the notebook for every chapter. Not I use it solely for notes and outlining. But if you’re someone who doesn’t usually hand write your stories, get yourself and good spiral-bound notebook and try it.
It’s ridiculous how much a moodboard helps motivation.
Just be careful not to get distraction on Pinterest.
Because then you might not resurface until hours later, bringing with you three new novel ideas, a dozen characters who have no story to fit in and a board dedicated to Dragon Prince memes*
*not based off a true story
I used to think making moodboards was hard (I’m not a very aesthetic person) but if you’re on pinterest you can literally search “[insert character trait\setting\anything] aesthetic” and you find a bunch of inspiring photos. If you want to go a step farther you can create a collage and add a filter but tbh I don’t have that much motivation.
If you don’t want to make one, just look up “aesthetic boards” or something of the like. There’s a million, you’ll probably find something.
I’ve been trading my writing every other week with my friend Lexi. I get to read her hella gay story and she gets to read my trash. It’s perfect.
It doesn’t have to be a lot – Lexi and I have a minimum goal of three pages, but typically we try for a chapter or two at a time. But it does wonders for motivation. And her comments on my document are helpful, encouraging and hilarious to read through. I highly recommend this.
(btw if you’re in need of a partner or a beta reader, I really enjoy doing that. I talk about it here)
Start and Don’t Stop
On those rare occasions when I actually write more than 200 words, there always comes a point when I want to stop. For no particular reason other than I finished that one scene I wanted to get to, or I reached a certain goal.
IGNORE THIS FEELING.
If you’re on a roll, just keep going. Get as far as possible in one day. Because everybody knows that it’s almost impossible to get started again. (i mean, that’s literally what this post is about)
And those are my tips to get yourself to write. Hopefully it helps someone during NaNoWriMo – I know I could have used this post last year. If you have any more advice, please let me know!
Corvi argenti quinque,