Writing

How To Get Motivated To Write

Because sometimes we all need a little motivation to write. Or maybe that problem only plagues me.

Below are my top nine tips.

Give yourself incentives.

Big or small, an incentive usually excites you enough to sit down and write. Also remember to reward yourself often, especially after an accomplishment.

Read, read, read.

Reading great work by other authors should push you to produce something just as great—if not—better.

Start writing.

The act of writing can motivate you to write. Easy to say, hard to execute. Give it a go regardless. You have nothing to lose.

Accountability instills responsibility.

Holding yourself accountable or having someone else occasionally check in on you is a good strategy.

The inspirational people.

Surround yourself with mentors, friends, along with anyone who has a strong work ethic as well as a knack for getting things done. They don’t have to be writers.

The other people.

The doubters, critics, haters, and basically anyone who isn’t in love with you. After all proving people wrong is what writers do best.

Try music.

Need to set the mood? Listening to a specific song or a particular playlist can be the trick you need.

Establish a routine.

We are creatures of habit. If you make it a habit to write, you’ll be more inclined to do it every day.

Don’t forget to set goals.

These are simple math equations:

Goals = Motivation

No Goals = No Motivation

I’ve shared what works for me. Now what gets you motivated to write?

A huge thank you to Agent Hunter for the idea to blog about getting motivated to write. And if you’re searching for an agent, that site is your best friend. Literary agents represent authors, helping them to negotiate contracts with publishing houses, film producers, etc.

Blogging

Blogging 101: Get Inspired By the Neighbors

Write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!

One of the comments I left yesterday:

“This inspires me.”

The post is:

A measure of a man in growth & conscience…

And the person who inspired me:

F. Kenneth Taylor

I don’t really know what else I can say. Even now I’m still slightly speechless.

Personal Reflection

Love Yourself

Love yourself so no one else has to. Respect yourself so no one else needs to.

Treat yourself too.

I went from trying to sound profound and inspirational to well, that.

Don’t doubt thyself!

Now I’m sounding like a phony.

Writing

Writers, Life Is Too Short

Life is too short to be angry all the time.

Don’t be mad when you don’t meet your word count.

Please don’t get angry at yourself for having not written.

The only problem:

Life is too short not to be writing as often as you can.

So try to write as much as possible. Then write some more.

Personal Reflection

Inspire

To the people who inspire me without even knowing they inspire me.

Thanks for inspiring me to inspire others.

Inspire is such a lovely word. I should use it more often.

And so should you.

Have an inspirational day!

Blogging

Why I Am Not The Same Blogger I Was A Year Ago

Aside from the obvious reasons, there is one which has bothered and affected my blogging activities, despite my attempts to never let anything or anyone ruin my blog.

The number one reason why I am not the same blogger I was a year ago:

Ready?

This might blow your mind.

Noticed I italicized ‘might’?

I did so deliberately.

In case, what I say doesn’t end up blowing your mind.

Then I won’t get sued.

Since I had the word ‘might’ in italics.

If what I say resonates with you in any way, good.

Let’s be friends.

If the below does not resonate with you at all, that’s fine.

We can still be friends.

I am aware some of you may skip to the end of this post.

That’s okay.

I invite you to do so.

However, I am also sure someone will read this post from beginning to end.

If you do, I’ll reward you.

You should know better than to expect an expensive gift.

Or any gift with monetary value.

If you do not mind waiting, I will reward you when the time is right.

Meaning after I get a job.

And after I have some savings.

As well as an extra bit of money to spend.

Which may be never.

If I end up pursuing a writing career, I doubt I will live life extravagantly.

So all my gifts will be inexpensive.

I digress often.

As you can tell.

The next few sentences will be about blogging.

Promise.

I am not the same blogger I was a year ago because…

…school sucks the creativity, enthusiasm, humor, originality, and wit out of me.

I am well aware this is an excuse.

And a terrible one too.

But it’s the truth.

School seems to drain my energy these days.

I want to be a better blogger.

I honestly do.

Believe me when I say I am doing my best.

To wrap it all up, I will thank you.

All of you.

Thank you for tolerating me.

Even when I am not at my best.

Thank you for liking me.

Even when I am at my worst. 

Thank you for supporting me.

Even when I am not there for you.

Thank you for encouraging me.

Even when I am depressing or dejecting. 

Thank you for inspiring me.

Even when I am not so inspirational myself.  

Creative Writing

My Journey Revisited

When I started this blog, a little over a year ago, I published a poem aptly named: My Journey. I posted this poem in the beginning of April of last year, and now it’s the end of April, so I feel like I’ve come full circle.

I figured I would share this poem once more. If you’ve read this already, perhaps you’ll want to read it again. No hard feelings if you don’t. If you haven’t…enjoy reading it, singing it, or even rapping it. I’m kidding. You can sense my sarcasm by now, right?

Here it is:

My Journey Revisited 

Started at the bottom

Worked my way to the top

Climbed the rungs of the ladder

Just to stand on top

Continued to strive

Learned the ropes over time

Arrived at the end

Just to start again

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Started with nothing

Worked all day and night

Climbed many mountains

Just to see the sunrise

Continued my passions

Learned to follow my heart

Arrived at my destinations

Just to seek a head start

Fitting title isn’t it?

Now that I think about it, April is National Poetry Month. I didn’t want to let it go by without posting a poem. While I probably should have published an original poem, for some reason I felt strongly about sharing an old piece I wrote a year ago. My Journey has stuck with me even to this day hence, the creation of this post. I don’t mean to get all sentimental on you, but I’m writing the truth.

Anyhow, I know I deserve a B for originality. That’s fine by me.

I hope you had a wonderful April and I wish you all the best in the month of May.

Quotes

Quote I Live By

“You should always give what you want for yourself.”

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