It is a warm sunny day? How do you motivate yourself to actually write?
First, of all, quit making excuses. Yes, the sun is shining. Enjoy it. But that doesn’t mean you can take the day off, at least not totally. What you can do is arrange the day so you can enjoy the sun and get some writing done, at the same time. You can do the obvious and open up your curtains and allow the sun to shine into your room. You can also enjoy the outdoors some if you are for a lost for ideas. Who says you have to brainstorm in front of your computer? Take your brainstorming outside and maybe the ideas will flow a little easier. Take your notebook and pen outside with you. Sometimes a change in location will actually jump start your brain.
What else can you do to motivate yourself to write?
• Turn on some music. Yes, music can be soothing and it can allow our brain to relax. A relax brain is a brain that is able to function better.
• Get away from the desk and do some light stretching exercise. Again, this is a way to relax your body and thus your brain.
• Quickly flip through the TV channels and see if anything gives you an idea for an article, story, poem, etc. You aren’t allowed to stop and actually watch a television program, though. If you think you will be tempted to watch your favorite show, do not turn on the television.
• Browse through other people’s articles or the title’s of other people’s articles and see if anything pops. No, you shouldn’t write on the exact same topic they did. However, it may give you an idea for an article that is similar. For instance if they wrote an article entitled 5 reasons to buy a pink mustang, you might want to write an article entitled 5 reasons why a man would not want to buy a pink mustang.
• Read some of your own articles or browse through some of your own titles. This will prove to you that you can actually write and may give you some ideas, as well.
• Have lunch with a couple of friends. While you are chit-chatting, an idea or two may spring up from your conversations.
• Go to the grocery store. While you are there listen to the conversations around you. Some of the conversations may be perfect ideas for your next article.
• Finally, just pick up that pen or start typing on that keyboard. Sometimes a word or phrase will pop out of nowhere and build into a sentence. That sentence will build into a paragraph. Then the next thing you know you have an actually idea on your hands.
No, motivation isn’t always easy to find. Yet, it isn’t always that hard to find either.