It goes by many names. Procrastination. Losing your drive. Writer’s block. Misplacing your mojo.
Call it whatever you want to call it. The fact remains that losing motivation is one of the worst things that could happen to any writer.
If you are someone who profits from what you write, writer’s block becomes more than just your enemy.
And if it hinders you from being productive, then you can be sure it’s an enemy you’d want to defeat.
Here are 6 tips to inspire and remotivate yourself to write again whenever you get stuck.
1. Allow room for mistakes
One of the top reasons that inhibit a writer from his art is the fear of writing badly.
After all, a writer should always be able to write content worth reading, right?
Oftentimes, the best cure for what you refer to as writer’s block is just to continue writing. Write anything that comes to your mind. Make errors as you do so. When in doubt, remember there’s no grammar lapse that Grammarly can’t take care of.
Whenever you hear that little voice telling you that your work won’t cut it, ignore it and plod on.
Most of the time, after you’re done writing, you’ll find that your finished work is not bad at all. You were just judging yourself too harshly.
In any case, the beauty of plodding on is that you can always just go back to what you wrote afterwards. Make changes as you will until you’re happy with the results.
Sure beats having to start from scratch, especially when you’re beating a deadline.
2. Do your research
Wide-ranged knowledge about the topic you’ll be writing about is still the best weapon you can have in your arsenal.
It’s quite common to feel demotivated when you’re not sure you sound “smart enough.”
The solution? Never stop learning.
Read up on topics related to what you usually write about. Books. Magazines. Any reading material you can get your hands on. Attend seminars and webinars. Take online courses. Do anything that you think might make a positive difference for your writing style, no matter how trivial.
Digital product reviews also offer tons of facts and insights that you can use for your content. Aside from that, these reviews can also be a ripe source of stock knowledge that you can use on further topics you might need to write about.
When it comes to learning, no detail is too small that you won’t be able to put it to good use. Either now or in the future.
And then, when you’re done with that, learn more.
Be hungry for any form of knowledge. Keep lots of extra little things at the back of your mind.
You’ll never know when something that seems inconsequential for now might blow up into something huge.
3. Take time to step away from writing mode
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a novel or an article for your blog. There is such a thing as information overload.
You might get to a point where your mind becomes too crowded by all the facts and ideas and details that you feel you need to put into words. When that happens, your brain just might freeze up on you.
Overloading your brain is like ordering writer’s block to-go.
Take a breather. It’s okay to walk away from whatever it is you’re writing every now and then. As a matter of fact, it is absolutely essential.
Pause. Do whatever it is that equals stopping to breathe the flowers for you.
Most times, a moment’s rest is all you need to put everything back into perspective. Resting could also provide you with a fresh point of view that you can use in writing your material.
4. Consider what makes you tick
Maybe you’re one of those people who think better in absolute silence. Or maybe your brain is wired to function amidst chaos. Maybe you like writing to music.
Observe and reevaluate yourself. Find out under what conditions you are most productive. Then, try to replicate those conditions whenever you work.
Studies show that you can trick the human brain into a routine that is beneficial to you.
5. Cube It
Sitepoint.com cites a brainstorming method called cubing. It involves taking your topic or issue and then applying 6 points of view towards it.
These are the 6 perspective you need to consider when cubing:
- Describe it – How would define the issue, subject or topic? How much do you understand of its definitions, characteristics and parameters?
- Compare it – Is it similar to anything else? If so, what and in what ways?
- Associate it – How is it related to other topics pr subjects that you have previously tackled?
- Analyze it – What makes up your subject? Can you break it down into smaller parts? Will it still be useful and discussable after you do so?
- Apply it – What will the topics be useful for? Who will it be useful to? Will it harm or benefit anyone when put into use?
- Argue for or against it – Pick a stand. Then, explain why you chose that particular side. Defend your choice.
There are a lot of situations and topics where you can make the most out of cubing. Keep it in mind as it could be a lifesaver if you ever get to that point where you feel like you’re totally out of it.
6. Reward yourself
Never hesitate to give yourself that much-needed pat on the back.
Human nature is hardwired to expect and aim for recognition. Unfortunately, more often than not, the people we need recognition from the most are the same ones from whom we least get it: ourselves.
Believing in yourself and in your capabilities as a writer is key towards self-motivation.
There’s one person who must never lose faith in you as a writer and that person is you.
So take the time to congratulate yourself. And there’s no specific time to do it either.
Reward yourself for a job well done. Or for a job that’s halfway done already. Or for a good job that’s just waiting to be done.
There’s no better time than now.
Speaking of rewards, it can be as little or as grand as you want it to be.
It could be that chocolate bar you’ve been craving for. Or a walk in the park alone. Or that much-coveted iPhone 8 that you know you very well deserve.
The point is that it should be something that gives you the kind of happiness that would encourage to do better than you do and be better than you are.
It’s common to be stuck in a rut every now and then. It happens to the best of us, and it’s okay.
What matters is how you choose to pick yourself up. There are millions of things you can turn to as sources of inspiration.
Regardless if you’re an established blogger with a wide following and a palpable online presence, or if you are a budding blogger starting out, you’ll never go wrong with these tips.
Keep them in your back pocket for that time when you’ll need them the most.