With family in town, some of my daily habits went out the window for a few days. I’m trying to get back into a routine sooner rather than later.
I miss having entire days at home to do whatever I please. I miss reading, writing, blogging, and dancing.
My body’s internal clock has been thrown out of whack as well. I’ve had to adjust, adapt.
I’m looking forward to catching up. More like I look forward to being caught up.
I have a lot of ground to cover. Still, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have no regrets. I can’t remember the last time I dropped expectations of getting work done and allowed myself to just have fun.
I feel thankful that I have the freedom to live such a flexible lifestyle.
Even though I do the same few things almost every single day, no day is exactly the same.
I can’t predict the future. I don’t know what tomorrow has in store. Let’s just say I’m always excited for new adventures.
Even the simplest activities can be a blast with the right company.
I need to live my life. After all, many stories are born out of new experiences. That said, I’m ready to return to my old routines.
Going forward, I will try to push myself. Instead of stopping out of laziness, I’ll challenge myself to go a little further.
I don’t. But I try my best.
For me, I prioritize what’s urgent. I also prioritize what’s important. Well, I attempt to anyway.
Obviously, I care about my own health and happiness. Anything that contributes to either is a priority.
I like fun too. Because all work and no play would make me a dull girl.
Sometimes I don’t want to think. Instead, I let myself relax and recharge.
I manage my time because I want enough hours to do some of the things I enjoy. But making time isn’t always easy.
I’ve come up with 20 goals for my 20 year old self.
- Worry less.
- Have fun.
- Put my happiness first.
- Ask for help.
- Think for myself.
- Say yes when I should.
- Say no when I shouldn’t.
- Move on.
- Write more.
- Be a better blogger.
- Learn from mistakes.
- Celebrate the small victories.
- Dance like someone is watching.
- Look after my health.
- Smile at strangers.
- Love a lot.
- Laugh out loud.
- Be mindful.
- Enjoy the present.
- Live life.
I know a lot of these are commonly used phrases, but I’m a walking cliché.
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!
My master list of motivation tips.
You’ll have to click here (1-5) or here (6-10) for a more in-depth explanation of each.
- Find what or who you love about the story.
- Make a friend keep you accountable.
- Punish yourself.
- Set deadlines.
- Publish your story.
- Play music.
- Leave home.
- Have fun.
- Delay reward.
- Start writing.
This second post isn’t a cover up for my mistake.
Happy Christmas Eve. Happy Thursday. Happy writing.
Kudos to you if you’re planning to write during this busy time. If you aren’t then your family and friends should feel grateful that you’re actually spending time with them.
I hope you’ll continue to write during the holidays so I’m sharing my tips with you. Let it be known that I don’t follow my own advice.
- Write in the morning. Or at night before you go to bed. If you don’t have time in the morning or at night currently, wake up earlier. Stay up a few minutes later. Get those words down before you go down.
- Stick to a routine. At least try to establish one. Block off chunks of time you know you can get away from the real world. It’s difficult, life’s unpredictable, but having a routine increases your chances of having words written. And don’t we all want to have words written?
- Be wise by using time you’d waste otherwise. Waiting for guests to arrive? Write. Waiting for that turkey to roast? Write. Waiting for your significant other to text you back? Write.
- Make writing fun. Make it enjoyable. You’ll be more likely to write a story you want to tell even if you have a million parties to attend. I won’t have that problem because I have no friends.
- Give yourself a break. Balance is your best friend. When you’re not writing, don’t worry about writing. Relax, recover, and return later.
Just because NaNoWriMo is over doesn’t mean you should stop writing completely. I may have been slightly guilty of this in the past.
So this is a friendly reminder to close any open tabs, put your phone away, and start writing. Words don’t write themselves. Besides it’s not like you can have someone write your story for you.
Also, happy December! May it be a fun and productive month. May December be whatever you want it to be.
I hope you always make time to write, especially during the holidays.