Hi SEers, it’s John with you again. As you know from some of my past posts, I’m always trying to think of ways to suggest staying motivated as a writer. It’s not that I believe writers aren’t motivated, but sometimes our attention gets drawn to other things, and we have to get back on track. So, again today, I’m going to give a few ideas on how to get that motivation moving if it becomes stalled. I will admit some of these ideas are really “out there somewhere,” but if you just roll with it, maybe it can help. By the way, these ideas are for those times that the motivation isn’t part of a deep-seated problem but for when you just dread sitting down to write. Mostly they are played for laughs but hey, maybe if you need it, one would work. Okay, here we go.
Idea 1. Take a shower. Yup, that’s right. There is a physical exchange of ions when the water flows over the body, and it is a natural vehicle to generate random thoughts. These thoughts could turn into story plot points. These plot points are all your need to be motivated to put them down. On the other side, If you don’t get any random thoughts, then at least you are clean and warm.
Idea 2. Go to the grocery store. Another weird one, right? Well, it is a known fact that if you change your location, certain thoughts that were more or less restricted to the home are now broadened to include an array of different sights and sounds. You should return refreshed and motivated to continue writing. If not, then maybe you picked up a few things for dinner.
Idea 3. Write a short story longhand. You know what a pen and paper are, right? Grab one of each and take a few moments to write out a story in cursive. Maybe even before you finish your story, you’ll be back at the keyboard happy as hell you don’t have to write out everything longhand. That is probably all the motivation you will need for a while.
Idea 4. Take your laptop or phone outside. If the weather is cold and miserable, all the better. Touch those cold hard keys and think how much more comfortable it is inside. Think of how difficult it is to try and write while your teeth are chattering. Maybe you’ll last ten minutes, but once you go inside, your motivation to write in the warmth will probably take over. If not, at least you are warm again
Idea 5. Turn on some daytime television if you are at home during the day. The whole idea of having to sit and watch the programming will naturally turn your thoughts to writing again. If you are not at home during the day and have to work, but do your writing at night, turn your TV on to one of the bad reality show reruns. You won’t be able to resist returning to your keyboard. Don’t forget and leave that stuff on either.
Idea 6. Go to the library and stand outside because they probably won’t let you in. COVID fears have most libraries on a curb delivery basis. No matter, you are not there to read. You are there to listen to all those books reminding you of the orphan you have left unattended at home. You know doubt will pay attention to the noise and get back to writing. If not, it was a nice drive.
Idea 7 Take a mini vacation. Move from your office to an exotic location like Cabo San Living room. Once there, savor the sounds and sights. In no time, you will be refreshed and ready to begin writing again. If not, at least it was good to get away.
Idea 8 Change your outfit. Exchange those eight-day jammies for real clothes. You know, things you can wear to the 7-11. Once done, you will feel as if you have accomplished something, and now it is time to write. If you don’t feel that way, at least you look better.
Idea 9 Make a big pot of soup. It can be any kind of soup but needs to have several ingredients in it to satisfy your natural tendency to be bored. Once done, you can serve up a big bowl and contemplate the ingredients. Your attitude should be improved, allowing you to go write. If not, at least you are not hungry.
Idea 10 Change the oil in the car. It doesn’t matter that you’ve never done it before. The idea is to do something challenging with the potential of getting really dirty. Once you have laid under a car watching oil drip from the crankcase, you’ll be revitalized to get back to that clean keyboard. If not, at least you save money on an oil change.
Well, now that I probably have you wondering about my sanity when you think of these ideas, they all have one comment element. That element is the idea of taking your mind off your temporary desire to avoid writing. Once done, then the writing returns.
I hope you enjoyed the post. Tell me in the comments section if you have ever used a trick to get yourself motivated to sit down and write. I hope you have a super weekend.