Writing motivation can be a difficult thing to hold on to, especially when it comes to the dreaded “writer’s block”. With the second version of Dragons’ Myth having taken four years to finish, I have found a few methods of dealing with a lack of motivation and writer’s block. Continue reading for a short list on how to keep your motivation flowing and getting your book done:
1. Take a Break
Taking a break is a great way to help stay motivated. Although you might be wondering “how can stopping help?”, taking a break helps recharge the brain and fingers, which means a decreased chance for an actual full-on stop later. A break should only be a few days or a week (or a couple, if you really need it), otherwise you could fall out of the loop completely and take years to finish like I did.
2. Skip the Scene You’re Stuck On
If you can’t seem to get through a certain scene or part due to not knowing how to word it, you don’t have enough ideas, etc., put a few spaces after where you’re stuck (so you can find it easier later), and continue with the story. You can then go back to that scene to finish it when you have better ideas for it. If you stay on one scene/part for weeks because you’re stuck, you will probably lose motivation fast; skipping over it for the time being allows you to keep your momentum.
3. Talk to Fans
Talking to people who enjoy your work is a great way to help motivation, as knowing there are people out there who want you to continue putting out novels gives you a good reason to continue doing so.
4. Force Yourself
While this sounds less-than-desirable, it’s probably the biggest tip of all. Writing isn’t fun all the time, especially if you want to write for a living, because that means publishing books in a timely manner and writing a lot. There will be some days where you just don’t want to write, and while breaks are okay (hence tip #1), they should be few and far between. With that being said, despite having to sometimes force yourself in the beginning, you could very well end up not wanting to stop, as writing is fun most of the time; sometimes it just takes a little push to get you back in the groove. Excluding breaks, this quote perfectly sums up this tip: “Never have a 0% day, because that time will pass anyway.” So even if you only write one page some days, or even just one paragraph, that’s better than nothing!