How To Stick To Your Writing Resolutions
2024: the year of the dragon, luck, and a fresh start after a 2023 whirlwind. A new year means a new beginning. Millions of people set out to achieve lifelong goals that have resided in their “to do” list forever. Unfortunately, the same fate continuously occurs, with many individuals giving up their desired goals in the first month. A big factor that seems to be tied to this never-ending curse is a lack of motivation and unrealistic expectations. We as a society expect results immediately, and technology at our fingertips is certainly not helping.
Writers in particular seem to fall in what’s called a “writer’s slump.” With creative minds containing countless ideas, we tend to run into the problem of having too many words to write on one page. The frustration takes over our ability to produce stories, to the point where we are lucky if we get one piece done a month. The cycle is beyond troubling and needs to be stopped. If you have a love for writing and an unmotivated mindset, read on for advice on how to fix it!
1) Think Of The End Goal
The main issue is a lack of motivation to start. Although the idea of writing sounds appealing, finding a time to sit down and actually write is nearly impossible. With busy schedules, when we do eventually find downtime in our days, we tend to turn online and mindlessly scroll for hours. The key to begin writing is to think of the end goal. Acknowledging the task is going to be difficult at times is annoying, but reminding yourself this is something you have been wanting to do forever will send a motivation strike through your brain. The moment you start writing, the words will seemingly flow from you, especially because they have been waiting to be written for a while. Additionally, reading other individuals’ works and comparing their situations to yours is helpful. By observing a famous writer’s work, you notice how time consuming the piece must have been for them. Acknowledging the idea of them being human and having to go through the same thing will leave you with a sense of comfort. If they can do it, so can you!
2) Act Like the Reader
Once you have written the same piece for a while, the idea of the story begins to appear boring. The plotline has been laid out in your head for months, and the characters seem like close friends now. Oddly enough, you have to act like the reader. Picturing yourself reading your own story will make you so invested in what’s coming next that you have to keep writing. Remember, anyone who reads your piece has no idea what they are getting into, and reminding yourself that you are the mastermind behind the entire story is extremely motivating. Not only is the power in your hands, you get to choose how others see it. You are opening a portal into a whole new world and introducing characters and plot lines that have never been written before. If the idea of that fails to excite you, I am not sure anything will.
3) Remember Your Why
Finally, remembering why you love literature in the first place will be that extra push. The moment you picked up your first book and made it your entire personality is a huge turning point in your life. Realizing you had an escape into a new world of characters, heroes, and dragons forever altered your brain chemistry.
A human out there wrote that book.
Someone just like you, me, and everyone else had to motivate themselves enough to sit down, strain their brain, and write for hours to give you an entire new reality. You made best friends off of words and fell in love with stories an individual came up with in their minds. Your life changed the day you picked up your first book, and you have the capability to change someone’s life too.
So, what are you waiting for? Break the cycle and pick up a pen; the time to change begins now.