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    Motivation???

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by HippieLord, Aug 11, 2008.

    Ok, I really miss writing but my life is so demanding between work, starting college, and a billion other inconveniences. I love writing but I find it hard to motivate myself to write. Any advice?
     
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    Reading a good book or watching an inspiring movie usually manages to motivate me to write. You shouldn't force yourself to write; this will take all appeal out of doing it. If you dont feel like writing, don't write. The time will come when you feel like writing again. Have patience.
     
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    My Advice is:

    Focus on Life:
    take a break from writing and wait for when you have time.

    Don't force it.

    It is not like you loose the ability to write if you don't do it everyday.

    So, my honest and heartfelt advice is: Go, enjoy college, and take care of the millions of things you have going on.

    I would suggest that you should blot down what you are going though as that can be priceless material for future works later.

    You know "one day we are going to look back on this and laugh" well maybe it might be "One day I am going to look back on this and write several great poems"

    Good Luck with College! :: WOOHOOO College PARTY! :: :D
     
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    This thread has been presented on the forum in many variations.

    Short answer? There is no specific answer.

    There are many differing opinions on writer’s block, and the only important opinion should be your own. Some find taking a break effective. The movie, book, music idea, is effective for others. For me personally I must write every day, even just a few minutes. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, as long as I write.

    By the way, I have three kids, so I know how difficult it can be to find the time to write. I usually work on my stories at night when they go to bed.

    ---So work it out, try all the ideas the members give you and see which one works for you.
     
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    Personally, I find the longer I go without writing, the harder it is for me to get back into it again. That's why, when I feel a lack of motivation, I try to sit down and write my way through it. Sometimes this makes my work sound a little forced. Other times, however, I find I've actually got some pretty decent stuff down and I'm glad I made myself keep going. For other writers, of course, it may work differently. Everyone has their own way of dealing with these things, and I don't believe writing has many one-size-fits-all rules.

    It's just that I spent years as an on-again off-again writer, scribbling just when I felt like it. As a result, I never finished a single full length novel over a space of about five years. I just kept fiddling and rewriting and then putting my work aside again, waiting for the mood to come over me. Sometimes that meant a couple weeks of no writing, but often those weeks stretched into months. These days I sit in front of my computer everyday, if I possibly can, and try to get something done.

    Since I began this method less than three years ago, I've written three and a half novels, got beginnings and outlines down for several more, and I've completed over a dozen short stories. I hope to speed things up a little in the years to come, but for now I'm happy to be making any progress at all.
     
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    For myself , I find that if I don't make writing a daily habit , I lose all interest and motivation for it. Even when I have no ideas or anything to write , I find that if i sit down and ignore everything else for perhaps 5 minutes and try to write something (I count anything , like fragments of ideas , notes , character profiles etc as writing. ) then I get back into it and I find that I cannot stop . After I do this a few days I find myself craving to write. Maybe just sit down a few minutes and try and that will get you back into it. :)
     
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    Set your priorities and allocate your time based on what is most important to you.

    Good luck in college.
     
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    I honestly don't think that motivating yourself to write is the answer. Right now, you don't have the time. Its understandable and it happens to all of us. I didn't write for two and a half years while I was in college. I didn't feel motivated to write either. But now I'm taking a year off to work and I have time to write again, so I am. If you just give it time and if you truly love to write, you will do so again.
     
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    The lack of practice (when gone on for over a year or more) can start chipping away at you if you're not careful. I stopped writing for several years, and something just went dead inside of me. So I did what I had to do - Force myself to write again. First it was just 100words.com, then a diary, then this forum.

    During the time I wasn't writing at all because of uni and fulltime work, I did keep small notepad in my bag, or pocket, to jot down notes. Just ridiculous stuff like: People I met on the street, conversations I've eavesdropped in at a diner, what I wore, etc). You never know what might be useful later.

    College seems to be your priority for now, HippieLord, and there's nothing wrong with that. But perhaps, once a week you could try to take a few minutes to jot down inspirational notes or write in a diary. Just to keep those writing muscles flexing. Just a suggestion. I understand it works differently for other people.
     
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    I agree with Stilllife, try to write at least once a week. With me, it's like I have these bursts of inspiration for a while (anywhere from a week to a months time) and then I don't write for a few months. It was really bothering me so I decided to write something every day. Something included anything from chewing gum to pocket lint! It truly helps. Or if you are not writing, read as much as you can. I find that it really helped me with my writing. Good luck and don't be disheartened.
     
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    If you insist on waiting for some magical moment of inspiration or motivation or time to arrive to write, then you'll be waiting forever. There will always be a million inconveniences that make it "impossible" for one to write. You're going to have to make wanting to write as important a priority as college, work, the basics of life, anything else that currently demands your attention. You're going to have to MAKE the time, inspiration, and motivation to write, even if you don't feel like it, even if it means you have to forego something like an hour spent relaxing or a night out at dinner or a movie.

    Otherwise, like I said, you're never going to get the writing done, just waiting for a moment to arrive. You have to actively do something. Waiting for the right moment to arrive is just stalling, and seems to indicate that you don't REALLY want to write, at least, not as much as you insist.

    Are you willing to make the sacrifice? You have to be, to get any writing done.
     

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