Every writer knows how it feels to “not be in the mood” to write. This feeling comes in the form of procrastination or focusing our attention on some other “more important” task.
However, with a little motivation, you can inspire your heart and get writing. After all, if you’re serious about running a successful blog, publishing, or some other writing endeavor, the only way to get where you want to be is to write. And that means sitting down to work even when you don’t “feel like it.”
So how do you get yourself into a writing mindset? Here’s a few tips on how you can start approaching writing today.
Make writing a Priority
One of the biggest traps writers fall into is not making writing enough of a priority. It’s something you’d “like to do” and “think about doing,” but you don’t actually sit down and put words onto the page.
The thing is, there’s a lot of things people think about doing but don’t execute. It could be learning a new skill, applying for a new job, or starting a business — think about how many people say they want to do something but don’t prioritize it. There’s also the endless excuses such as “I have too much homework” or “I have to take Johnny to baseball practice.”
In order to get yourself into the writing mindset, you should make writing a priority. Add it to your to-do list and don’t go to bed until you get it done. The goal you set for yourself daily will depend on your time and commitments, but a good starting goal is to work on your writing for at least a solid hour.
Trust me, making writing a priority will help you get started. Take the first leap and add it to your to-do list for tomorrow.
Understand you won’t always be inspired
One core piece of getting into a writing mindset is understanding that you probably won’t feel inspired 98% of the time. While it’s great to work when the muses are singing the story straight into your ears, most writers finish their work through hard work and dedication.
Take the time to understand that writing means you’re going to be working on your masterpiece without inspiration. After all, painters learn how to paint through long hours of practicing brush strokes, so writers learn after hours of writing. That means every hour you pour into writing isn’t always going to be the definition of fun.
Understand the first draft isn’t perfect
Some writers have a hard time working on their piece because they get stuck editing the same story over and over again. They want every scene, word of spoken dialogue, and character interaction to be perfect.
However, most writers don’t put down what the final version is going to be on the first try. Chances are, your work will evolve as you go through it, and you’re going to need to do some rewrites. They also say that it’s best to rework your piece by going through and looking for certain errors each read through.
Basically, stop rewriting your chapter 1 and get on with the story. You’ll thank yourself later for pushing through it and finishing the work.
Don’t worry about what others think
One thing that halts writers is caring about what other people think. Sometimes this comes in the form of “political correctness,” while other times it’s what you think what tropes will ultimately sell the book.
However, thinking of how others will view your writing halts you in the creative process. You might get stuck trying to word something or omitting certain dialogues because you’re thinking of a hate comment or rejection letter.
I’m not saying that you can’t think about things such as market forces or sellability: however, these topics have no place when you’re doing your initial write-through. Besides, your book will likely be more creative and original if you tell the story that you want.
At the end of the day, the best way to get yourself into the writing mindset is to gradually begin writing daily. This will help build your habit and help you ease into it as time goes on.
Don’t underestimate the value of making a consistent habit out of writing. Soon enough, you’ll feel unnatural if you go without working on your piece for a day.
Are you ready to start writing?
Now that you know how to get yourself into a writing mindset, it’s time to start writing. Open up your project and get to work!
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