March 29, 2017 Roland Legaspi No Comments on Motivate Yourself to Write More
Motivate Yourself to Write More
Getting ourselves into writing is the basic dilemma every aspiring writer has. Often times, we put too much pressure on our shoulders that by the end of the day we ended up with not a single article.
Worrying too much about what we write tends to block ourselves from what will make us a better writer, which is to get our hands and mind to write. But, overcoming those writing anxieties could be a tough toll before we can be able to write like a pro. Here are some techniques that would help a beginning writer to jump-start their journey to writing.
Learn from the Great Writers
Mentorship has been proven one of the most effective ways of training newbies and helping them achieve their goals. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the luxury of having ourselves working side by side with a famous writer.
Being inspired by the best of the industry will help you push through those anxieties. Educating yourself with their disciplines and techniques and slowly incorporating them into your routine will improve your own output.
Reading the works of the greatest writers, especially those you look up to, will give you a glimpse of how they work, of what it’s like to be in their shoes. This way, an influential writer will spark the optimistic person out of you which will eventually help you write. It’s like having an invisible mentor guiding you through your process even though they’re not there.
What’s Your Trigger?
What are the things that will motivate us to write? Let’s take some time to contemplate on that question.
Being fully aware of our motivations for writing and having them as a constant reminder could trigger us to write more without hesitation.
Here’s the Habit Circle, according to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg:
Trigger – Routine – Reward
Build a habit by setting a trigger. What will remind or encourage you to write? Maybe it’s a specific time of day, or your favorite spot in your house? Not only these triggers will remind you to write, they will also help you get inspired since these are the things that make you feel good. And that’s already a reward, in addition to becoming a better writer every day.
The thought of us not being good enough really messes us up in our voyage to being a great writer. So dwelling on it is nothing but a waste of time. And aside from being inspired by the professionals and having your motivations, the best thing we can do is to equip ourselves with knowledge. And we could best gain it through reading.
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Reading is essential in feeding your mind with ideas, ideas that you may agree or disagree with. Then marry what you learn and what you stand for into your writing. We now have the amazing technology that offers us the world of information and good reads with just one click. All we need to do is to push ourselves more to run the extra miles towards achieving our goal.
Put It On Top of Your To-Do List
Do things on a regular basis until you get the hang of it. Doing an activity as the first part of your routine could fine-tune your attitude towards your next activities throughout the day.
Writing as your first activity of the day could be grueling for beginning writers. So let’s try free -flowing writing, writing things without even thinking of it. Whatever comes to your mind, put it on paper. It may be a letter to someone or just an ordinary feeling looking outside the window. Whatever it is, just jot it down.
Our main goal is for you to write and write more. Through this activity not only we are stretching our minds and writing muscles, but also we could generate ideas that could give birth to another idea for us to write. And the process creates a full cycle as we write and write more.
Practice Makes Perfect
We are all familiar with this mantra, but somehow we fall short in executing it.
Potential writers often pressure themselves in doing things right and yet we search for ways on how to avoid mistakes. Failing is an essential part of how we figure things out and grow as a writer, we gain more knowledge and experience from it.
Let’s make things easier. Instead of searching for things to prevent you from failing, let’s start with the little things that will help you not to fail writing. By simply having a handy notebook and pen will eliminate your excuse not to write. Then, examine the things that went wrong in your writing process and your output. Doing so not only gives you a step forward to being the writer you wanted, but it also enhances your being a critic of your own craft. Conceptualizing on things that would help you improve is a much better way to spend your time than to focus on your mistakes.
Whether you aim to become a successful writer or not, we could honestly say that writing has a lot of things to contribute in your life. It enriches the way we communicate with others, helps us be more creative, and aids us to view things in many different ways. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and a paper and tell the world your story.
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