Wednesday, 4 March 2015

5 Unusual Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write

When it comes to writing tips, there are thousands of tips out there. Even though there are thousands of posts out there covering the same topic, many of these writing tips offer the same advice.

Today, I’m sharing with you a few unconventional ways that I’ve found work well to motivate yourself to write even when you don’t want to or don’t feel good.


Music is a powerful mood-lifter, and it can also help you concentrated by blocking out unwanted noise and distractions. Some music acts like a sort of white noise that is ideal for writing and focusing. I’ve shared before how I like to listen to Biffy Clero, but there are thousands of artists out there that have created perfect music for writers. I particularly like these hobbit-themed songs.

 Dress Well

If you dress poorly, you won’t be motivated to do anything. I find that putting on something nice can dramatically improve my productivity, even if I really don’t feel like doing anything at all. Try it next time you sit down to write. Rather than wear comfy clothing, put on something you would wear to the office. You may be surprised at the difference.

Go to a New Location

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but transporting yourself to a new location can work wonders for your productivity. I like writing at coffee shops, bookstores, and even swimming pools. You will get even more done if you don’t sign into the wifi.

 Try a New Writing Style

Bored of your current writing style? Why not try something different? If you always write news-style pieces, try writing a fiction piece instead. If you always write blog posts, try switching to magazine feature pieces. This not only keeps you from feeling bored, but it also expands your marketable skills.

Read Others

Reading the work of others is inspiring in two ways, according to Orson Scott Card. One, it will inspire you to try your best to create something amazing like that writer. Or, two, it will show that even *I* can write something better than that. Both of these views are powerful motivators.

What unusual motivation methods do you use?
Brenda is a fellow book-lover and coffee-addict. She is a freelance writer, punctuation nerd, and grammar enthusiast. Her favorite book genres are Science Fiction, Fantasy with a Twist, and Dystopian. Brenda blogs about books, writing and more at Daily Mayo. Find her here on CaW for Writing Tips Wednesdays the first Wednesday of every month.

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1 comment:

  1. Brenda,

    These are great tips this week! Thanks for sharing!



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