Sometimes motivation finds you.
But usually not.
If you’re a writer, then I guarantee you’ve said this before.
“I just can’t find the motivation to write today.”
First off, I disagree with notion that writer’s block doesn’t exist. It does. Because writing is not a typical career as it requires a level of creativity and a mind for focus, writer’s block is simply the inability to get that flow going for a period of time.
“Well if you’re a doctor, you don’t have doctor’s block.”
Correct, because being a doctor is not the same as being a writer. It requires a different level of intelligence and thinking.
However, I don’t believe all writer’s block is real writer’s block. There’s a difference between “unable” and “not having motivation to”. Both are common struggles but there are cures for them.
First, let’s define writer’s block; it’s kind of like when someone asks you to name a song you like just off the top of your head and suddenly, you can’t remember any song to ever exist. That’s kind of what writer’s block is. You sit down at the keyboard, you do the work, but you just can’t get the creative flow going. Your mind locks up and the page remains blank.
Lack of motivation is different. This is where you just don’t “feel” like you have it in you today. Maybe you had a stressful week or a sleepless night or what have you. Point is, you begrudgingly glare at the computer and make a billion and ten excuses why you can’t write today.
Hey, it happens. Question is, how do you find motivation once you lose it.
Ultimately you know yourself the best. It helps to figure out where the block is coming from. Are you losing motivation due to stress? Maybe you’re tired. Maybe it’s self doubt. Whatever it is, once you figure out the source you’re more likely to get over it. However, if you can’t trace it, then here’s some tips that might help you get your mojo back.
Read A Book: This might give you inspiration and where inspiration is motivation generally follows
Physical Activity: Sometimes we get a little low and a light jog can help. Especially if you can do it outdoors. Plus, it might give you a sense of accomplishment which will build confidence- confidence is also a key component for motivation
Eat a Healthy Snack: Again, this might help you feel better. Being hungry can affect your moods, so something light might give you a bit of energy to get some writing done.
Music: Have some favorites? Use them to sort of give you a “pick me up”.
Take A Nap: If you’re tired, don’t try to work your way through it. Go ahead and rest a bit, by else, you’ll spend the entire time muddling through and getting frustrated when you can’t concentrate.
Go Back Through Your Old Writing: This can help you see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve improved, once again building confidence.
Remind Yourself Of Your Goals: Get excited again. Remind yourself of what you want and make sure you’ve got a deadline. Sometimes having a accountability partner helps.
Don’t wait for motivation to find you, it rarely does. Most people have to dig deep to get it. Motivation usually comes through necessity but since most of us aren’t career writers yet, writing is more like a dream and not something we have to do, thus we don’t feel compelled to keep at it.
Fret not. You’ve got in you, but you have to pull it out. If all else fails the best thing for you to do is to keep writing. Write something. Anything. Even if it’s a bad poem or one line of a story, just write. It will prove to yourself that you’re serious and that you’re not quitting. And that’s the important thing. To make sure you don’t give up.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them