Feeling Unmotivated to Write? Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know

4. Sometimes we try to use writing as a procrastination tool for avoiding something else we need to do. Do that thing you don’t want to do first.

1. The act of writing itself may seem simple, but going from not writing to writing in a matter of minutes just won’t happen for everyone every time. It’s normal. There’s nothing “wrong” with you.

2. Writing is also something most who do it desperately want to do well, if not perfectly, and setting your personal bar that high before you’ve even started is almost 100% guaranteed to lead to not reaching that bar.

3. Many people — maybe even you — are afraid that what you’re about to write won’t be worth your effort or time. You usually just have to do it anyway, even if you’re not totally confident about it.

4. Sometimes we try to use writing as a procrastination tool for avoiding something else we need to do. Do that thing you don’t want to do first, and writing will come much easier once that other thing has been checked off your list.

5. Don’t go looking for motivation. You aren’t going to find it. Motivation and inspiration don’t answer to the whims of the humans they invade. They come when they please. So do something that relaxes you and makes you happy, and motivation just might come to join you.

6. You have to check in with yourself when you’re struggling to do the things (like writing) that you normally enjoy. Are you physically spent? Emotionally unwell? Mentally burnt out? Writing can’t always happen when you’re not OK, and that itself is OK. Take care of yourself first, write second.

7. No one should judge you for struggling to get your ideas onto paper, and if they do, their opinions aren’t worth your energy.

8. If you can’t write, then do something else that stimulates your brain and fills you with joy. Creativity comes in many forms. It’s OK to take a break from writing if you need it.

9. You are not alone. It’s hard to stay motivated as a writer, as a human surrounded by distractions and wants and frustrations. It’s OK to vent about this. There are others who know exactly how you’re feeling.

10. Your “want” to want to write will return. It never escapes you forever. Be patient with yourself, and when it comes around again, you’ll be ready.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.


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