Admit it, writing isn't always fun and easy. Unless you aren't human in which case maybe you beg to differ.
Sometimes you just have to make putting pen on paper more enjoyable.
This is what I recommend:
I like typing with noise in the background more than silence. So it's a no brainer for me. I almost always play some of my favourite tunes while smashing keys on the computer.
Schedule something fun to do like hanging out with friends or going to the beach. That way, you have an incentive to write and work while still making time to play. Win win.
If you're bored and stuck, try moving to a coffee shop you haven't been to or a library on the other side of town. If that isn't feasible, go to another room in your house you don't typically write in. It might be enough to get your creative juices flowing again.
Maybe because I'm a competitive person by nature, I tend to perform better when I feel challenged by something or even someone. Which brings me to my next point…
Look for individuals who motivate and inspire you. Seek them out. There are wonderful human beings on this planet who want to help you and see you succeed. Never let those ones go. Besides, writing with others is an experience every writer needs to experience.
I don't care who you are, writing is not fun when you're burnt out. Working for hours at a time over an extended period of time isn't the best idea then. So rest and relax. Don't you dare guilt trip yourself for not writing every second of every day. You're human after all.
Writing is fun until editing comes along and ruins the creative party. Buzzkill, much? Revisions can wait. Fun does not.
That's all the suggestions I have for making writing more fun. Let me know what you do down in the comments below.
Happy writing and having fun!
It’s okay to take a break.
Even from the things you love. Or the people you love.
I took a long time to learn that I don’t have to be doing work all the time. I can’t do everything at once. I can’t do it all in one day. But I can do a little bit over a long span of time. Discipline wins.
And even though I love blogging and dancing, sometimes I need to take a break. Maybe my body needs some time to recover. My mind needs some time to relax. Hey, I’m perfectly okay with that. I’m human after all.
I also like to think taking breaks leads to increasing productivity.
So take a break already.
Are you suffering from the effects of Daylight Saving Time? While you can’t exactly get back an hour, you can try to adapt accordingly.
Check your clocks.
Make sure you set your clocks ahead an hour. And if you’re really keen, set them an hour and a few minutes ahead. That way you can trick yourself into thinking you have less time when you actually have a few extra minutes to get ready and out the door.
Follow a routine.
Eat your meals the same time you normally would. Even if you aren’t hungry. Even if you don’t feel like it. If you waited until you wanted or felt like writing, how many words would you write? Exactly. Don’t mess with your body’s internal clock.
Make gradual changes.
Now’s as good a time as any to change what you don’t like. Cut out bad habits. Want to consume less coffee? Hope to exercise more? Do both gradually. Go from three cups to two to one. Start with 20 minutes of exercise 2 days a week to 30 minutes every 3 days to 50 minutes 5 days.
Listen to yourself.
Your body knows best. Tired eyes? Sleep. Dry throat? Drink. Empty stomach? Eat.
Prioritize your priorities.
You have one less hour to do what you normally would. So do what’s urgent first. Then save the not so urgent stuff for another day. Don’t worry, that YouTube video won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Take tiny breaks.
You’re already in a pinch for time, but you still need breaks to recharge. You’ll more efficient if your energy levels are high.
Make small sacrifices.
It won’t kill you to miss out on a little TV time. Netflix will wait. Time won’t.
You have many hours ahead of you to be productive and present!
(Totally unrelated side note: Let’s see how long I can keep up with the blog graphic. Bet away.)