Naturally, after my Part 1 post – everyone has made the decision to write, right? You sat down, examined what it is you really want and have decided that writing is it, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
Congratulations. You’ve taken the hardest step (and probably far quicker than it took me to make it).
So today I thought I’d tackle some finding your groove and motivation. Mainly, because I believe these two go hand in hand. It doesn’t matter how amazingly detailed you plan things out – if you don’t have the motivation to stick to that plan? Well, we all know how that ends.
While soul searching to discover whether you truly want to be a writer, you’ll have realized that you have some goals.
Make a list:
It can be anything.
- Write a blog post per week.
- Read a book a week.
- Read a book on writing.
- Write down the idea that’s been keeping me awake at night.
- Find a crit group.
- Write to self-publish.
- Write to look for an agent.
Anything. It doesn’t matter what it is you want to achieve with your writing. The point is, you want to write. If you want to write and accomplish anything on your list, the next thing to do is plan time for it. Thinking about writing and actually writing are not the same thing. And everyone writes differently.
Me? I’m a binge-writer. I have no idea if this is a real term, but it’s how I describe my process and so – now it’s a word 😉
What type of writer are you? Do you know if you work well pantsing? Or do you never manage to finish when you do that? Do you think you’d be better plotting in detail? Or do your characters rebel against any time of confines? Perhaps you’re a mixture of the two?
Figuring out how you write best, helps you plan. It helps you know what type of preparation to do for your writing, and if blocking off just twenty minutes a day will be beneficial or wasteful for your style of productivity.
You may have heard people say: Write every day! And while this works for many, it may not work for everyone. Writing processes are as subjective as the people who read the books resulting from them. Everyone has a way that works best for them. Perhaps try to write every day.
But if it feels overwhelming, don’t get discouraged. Try to do something writerly every day instead. What’s something writerly? Reading, researching, critiquing, editing etc. Something that may not be writing new words, but might be fixing others, or experiencing worlds written by other people.
Finding your groove can be hard. But if you’ve made that important decision to write, you can’t give up or your decision meant nothing. It’s all part of being a writer.
Even while you’re finding that groove, motivation is essential. You can’t rely on other people to constantly motivate you. Though your parents/best friend/spouse might love you and tell you not to give up on something you truly want to do – they don’t always get it.
Motivation needs to (originally) come from within. Remember, if you can’t motivate yourself through the choice and finding your groove. If you can’t believe in yourself long enough to really start down the path? No one else can give you that belief.
Why find writer support groups then? Because as long as you dug deep and made the decision, found that tiny sliver of belief in what you love and want to do? They can help reinforce that and cheer you on.
Give yourself a reward. Nothing is greater motivation than promising something you really want to yourself and earning that reward. Those chocolates up there? They’re reward chocolates that keep me going. When I finish paper-edits, I get to eat them ALL.
Make the decision. Find a plan (even a tentative and vague goal plan). Get some #writemotivation.
What’s your writing groove? Do you write every day? Do you make sure you do something writerly every day? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
You want to be a writer, so you made the decision. What else keeps you going?
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Don’t you love the blood spattered heart chocolates up there? (It’s cinnamon hehehe).