Welcome to the Motivation Station! Here you'll find lots of resources to help you become more motivated to write.
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2017 WRITER'S MOTIVATION STATION CALENDAR
A lot of well known authors use calendars to keep themselves motivated. By marking off your daily achievements you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and by seeing your goal marked out in front of you, you will find it easier to reach.
Motivation can be the biggest battle you face as a writer. Here are some ideas that might help you:
- Have smaller writing targets, break down your 20,000 word goal into 100 words a day. This makes it feel much more manageable.
- Try writing at the same time every day, this will create a habit and it'll become easier each time you sit down to write.
- Don't allow distractions around you.
- Create a writing 'zone' where you write every single time. This will help create another habit that will help you write.
- Time yourself with writing sprints - write for 10 minutes a day and slowly build it up by 5 minutes a week.
- Reward yourself for reaching targets, it'll make you want to carry on.
- If you're bored by what you're writing and can't motivate yourself to continue then stop writing it! If you're not enjoying it neither will your readers, that's why you're not getting anywhere. Move on with a new scene.
- Let your characters take over every once in a while. Letting them take the lead can help with writers block.
- Take a break. Sometimes forcing out words just makes it worse. Going for a walk is a good way to clear your head.
- Don't compare yourself to other writers EVER! Everyone writes at a different pace - some people can write a book in a week. Most people can't so don't let this put you off. Write at your own speed otherwise you'll find yourself not writing at all.
- RELAX. Don't worry, it'll come.
- Have confidence in your idea. Don't let your inner doubts take over. You can do this.
George Orwell’s tips:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.