Time, Motivation and Inspiration

These are three things I struggle with as a writer and I am not alone. For those of us who are not able to pursue our writing as a full time career, finding the time, motivation and inspiration to keep writing is an ongoing struggle. Daily life has a way of sneaking or not sneaking in to suck up the time we would love to be writing. Whether it is a full time or part time job, family, errands or daily chores, there always seems to be something calling for our attention.

So what do we do?

That’s a really good question and one that I long for a simple answer to. While I still struggle with this, here are some things that I have found keep me going.

1. Have a dedicated place to write. I used to share an office with my husband. It is a beautiful space and nicely organized but it wasn’t all mine and downstairs where the dogs and my husband could easily access me. My husband would often complain that I took over the space and my writing stuff was everywhere. So I told him to create an office space for me in our upstairs. Lucky for me my husband is extremely talented and built me a custom desk because our house is a cape with slanted ceilings. This upstairs is my space. It is painted a soft yellow that becomes filled with light during the day. I have accented it with bright colors, girly treasures, photos, comfy furniture, book cases filled with books, lots of writing stuff, music and TV. It is all me! The space is a place where I feel comfortable and inspired. Best of all it is upstairs so the dogs don’t beg to go in and out, my hubby can watch TV downstairs and I’m not distracted to do something else. If company comes, I don’t have to worry about cleaning up my story boards or my latest project. And when I’m talking to myself or reading my story out loud, no one hears me. Creating this space was one of the best things I could have done for my writing,

2. Make an appointment to Write. We are really good at making appointments to go to the doctors, meet with friends or family, run errands, etc. So why not make an appointment to write. Don’t just say it. Write it on the calendar, put it in your planner or phone. Let your family and friends know you are BUSY. If your schedule allows, try to pick a dedicated time and day and stick to it each week.

3. Stay Motivated and inspired. There are so many things you can do. Doing anything writing related is always a positive. Whether it is reading an article or book, plotting out a new idea or scene or reading for pleasure. Befriend other writers. I find they give me the most motivation and inspiration. Whether it is joining a writer’s group, critique group or taking a writing class, other writers can help by sharing what they have accomplished or what they struggle with. They can help you become a better writer and how to get over that stumbling block you have in your story.  For me, this is the best for motivation and inspiration. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for CNY romance writers and all the awesome authors who are members.

4. Take A Step Back. Sometimes we try too hard. Take a break from writing. “What?” You ask. Remember I said to do something writing related. That means you could send your current WIP (work in progress) off to a friend for critique (feedback) so that you can see what you are doing right or maybe areas that need to be fixed. Having specifics to work on can make a huge difference in your motivation. And the one thing I forget to do a lot, read for pleasure. Isn’t reading great books what inspired you to write to begin with? Read what you love or read new releases that similar to what you are writing to gain knowledge on what is selling.

These are just a few suggestions to help you out. If it were easy we would all be cranking out stories left and right. The most important thing is that you keep at it.



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