Staying Motivated to Write: What Works for Me

Need help getting motivated to write on a regular basis? I hear ya. Been there, done that. We all have our excuses… I mean, reasons. *cough, cough* But how legitimate are they? Really?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve allowed life to get in the way of my writing. Well, no more. Sort of. I mean, I still have to work and take care of the kids. But I’m going to make more of an effort to write.

How? What’s changed?

Not my schedule. I’m still as busy as ever. It’s my attitude that’s changed. And I have a new little trick up my sleeve.

I’ve had people give me all kinds of advice like wake up early to write, stay up late, get up in the middle of the night. Yeah, that doesn’t really work for me, because I need to have a focused mind during the day when I’m editing for clients. Others have said that I should take any free moment I have to write, that I should even bring a notebook with me wherever I go. Somehow, that wasn’t enough either. When I’m out and about, I usually have the twins with me, which means constant nagging to keep them from climbing the walls or running up and down the aisles. Not exactly the best moment to pull out my notebook and get some writing done. And as for using any free time I have, well, when you’re busy, it’s often hard to find any free time.

How are you liking my excuses so far? Any of them sound familiar?

I finally found something that worked for me. Fifteen-minute blocks. I never would’ve imagined that I could get much of anything written in fifteen minutes, which is why I never bothered to try this method, or others like it, before. However, I took a course taught by Kerri Nelson, Book Factory 101, which really opened my eyes. I don’t slot my days into fifteen-minute blocks, but I can often add a fifteen-minute chunk between projects or at the end of my workday.

Here’s the thing. While my timer is counting down those fifteen minutes, I don’t allow myself to answer the phone, read e-mail, or do anything other than write. I won’t even use that time to reread what I’d already written or edit what I’m writing. Nope. This is all about getting words down. As many as I can in fifteen minutes.

Is the writing great? Not so much. But, I’m okay with that. I realize I have to go back and add details, emotions, actions, whatever. Yet, I still feel like I’ve accomplished something by the end of the day when I can say I’ve written something, anything to move my story forward. And, man, won’t it feel good to write “The End”?

What’s your little trick for keeping you motivated?

Lynnette Labelle
www.lynnettelabelle.com
www.labelleseditorialservices.com

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