How I Stay Motivated While Writing
Earlier this year I wrote my first book. While I am in no way claiming to be a professional or an expert in the art of writing, there are some helpful tips I learned that I wanted to share.
1. Find a comfortable spot to write, preferably sitting up:
In the past, I would write while lying down on my bed. At the time it seemed ideal and very comfortable. When I moved to a spot on my couch, at the kitchen table, or at my office desk I had more success in writing for longer periods of time. Writing in a different location made me feel more awake and intentional about what I was writing.
2. Allow yourself to take breaks:
I set a goal to write 1,000 words in each sitting, aiming for 4,000 words per day. However, if I found myself getting a headache or feeling burnt out, I learned to be more lenient with myself and take breaks. By taking breaks when my body needed them, the stress weighing down on my shoulders was alleviated.
3. Listen to music while you write:
Depending on the scene I was writing, I would adjust my music accordingly. Sometimes I would listen to music that gave off the same tone that I was aiming for in my book. Other times I would listen to instrumentals when I found myself getting distracted. My go-to song to play in the background is Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós (in particular the slowed down version on YouTube.) I have listened to that song since I was in high school and feeling stressed while doing my homework.
4. Write on a full stomach:
Maybe it is just me, but I can not concentrate if my stomach is growling. Writing on a full stomach gave me a burst of energy that I was able to use in my book.
5. Set realistic goals:
As I said before I had a goal of approximately 4,000 words per day. This was an attainable goal for me personally. I started off writing one page a day and increased it incrementally until I found the word count that worked best for my day. If I had set a goal for 5,000 or 6,000 like I had been hoping for, I would have been setting myself up for daily disappointment and stress. Knowing that I could attain my goals every day kept me motivated and disciplined.
6. Keep living your life:
It is important to get out and see the world. Taking a break from my book gave me time to rest my brain and be open to finding inspiration anywhere.
7. Get enough sleep:
This was a tough pill for me to swallow. I used to be the kind of person who would pull an all-nighter and get three hours of sleep to reach my goals faster. Unfortunately the quality of my work would suffer when I was exhausted and I was easily burnt out. Setting a regular sleep schedule helped me structure my day and stay organized.
I hope some of these helped! Do you have any tips to add? Are you writing a book? Let me know in the comments below!