Motivation.

United States
June 13, 2009 4:49pm CST
How do you usually motivate yourself to write? The inspiration may or may not be there, but you want to try to write anyway. Any (un)usual methods? Anything you tell yourself to get yourself to sit down and write?
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@cbjones (1157)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Motivation is an odd thing with me. when it comes to writing(or drawing even) It's tough for me to get started with a project. Only after I tell myself "nobody really expects much from you. Just go ahead and do something, and it will probably be good enough to raise a few eyebrows" can I get going. By telling myself that I suck, I end up sparking creativity and motivating myself. it's strange and kinda sad at the same time.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
13 Jun 09
I dont really use any methods as such. If i cant think of any discussions to start, i just dont start any. I maybe try to think of something interesting for a while, but if nothing comes to me then i dont try to hard. I just sit and look through discussions and try to find some that interest me to comment on. Sometimes i get ideas from seeing others discussions, which is good, then i go and write my own after commenting on theirs. Im my oppinion if you are trying to force yourself to write something for the sake of it... it probably wont be that good. Its got to be honest and true and something you really want to discuss. Or a good question you really want to know the answer too, like this one lol! Good question =)
@Porcospino (19691)
• Denmark
17 Jun 09
If I can't find the motivation to write in my home, I usually try to go somewhere else. I often choose a public place like a coffee shop or something like that. I don't know why, but when I am stuck, it is often a help for me to be surrounded by people and to listen to the sounds around me. Another trick is to play some computer games, that often works for me, and while I am playing a game I sometimes get new inspiration. Some days I write, play a game, write a bit more, play one more game etc.
@punkincat (216)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I have two methods ( I don't think they are unusual ) one is to find a picture. I have to write something about the picture, sometime it turns into a whole story. The other method is to take a show I like borrow the charter and creative a new story. I don't usuly write these down but it jumps starts my creatively. ( it basicly fanfiction or playing like a lot of us did as kids )
• United States
14 Jun 09
First, are you talking about motivation or inspiration? The two are very different. I am a professional freelance writer. My life revolves around writing, so keeping myself motivated is of the utmost importance. To keep yourself motivated, you need goals. Where do you want your writing to take you? I'm trying to get my husband back in school AND make enough money to buy a new Harley while keeping the bills paid and money going into savings. My goals aren't too complex, but they keep me at my desk writing even when I don't feel like being there. As far as inspiration, you need to learn to draw it from all around you. If you can find a couple things to do that really gets your brain moving, that's even better! A good book, a hot bath, a cup of coffee . . . only you can find your inspiration key. I am going to be adding a new post to my freelancing blog about inspiration and motivation soon, so please come check it out. --Lindsey Rainwater www.rainwaterfreelancewriting.wordpress.com www.rainwaterfreelancing.blogspot.com
@2cateyes (97)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I think I am an emotional writer. Whenever I experience certain emotions or I see someone else experience certain emotions, I'll try to "illustrate" it with words. Sometimes a song or another poem will inspire me. Sometimes, if I am writing something more fact-based, I'll try to keep in mind that someone may benefit from what I'm writing. I guess it all depends on what it is exactly that I'm writing.