Motivation

@laowai (137)
United States
April 5, 2007 3:51am CST
I guess I need a kick in the butt. I work part time at night and I wake up fairly early in the morning. But lately I haven't been motivated to write. I have about 20 ideas for articles that I can easily write and have been meaning to write for some time. I guess I need some sort of reward/punishment program to get me moving. How do you get motivated when you feel lazy?
5 responses
@racheld (840)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Give yourself some rewards. I'm assuming you write articles for money and I'm guessing its not that much money. So what you do is, if you have your eye on something that you really want but cant quite affor right now, make that your goal. Tell yourself I'm going to write these articles and then once I save up enough money, I'm going to reward myself by doing this. As for me, I start to think how every article gets me closer and closer to becoming a professional writer, so I think of the long run effect writing one article has on me. You do what you think is best! Good luck and stop being lazy! :)
@laowai (137)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Thanks for the little kick. You're right, most of the time I don't get much money for my articles, but that's not the only thing I'm writing (a few novellas, short stories, poetry, screenplays). And saving money to buy things doesn't help... All I really need to save for right now is a plane ticket to the US (and maybe some decent coffee). I think I may have to buy a message board for my room so I can post a calendar and goals.
@Hart57 (359)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Motivation follows action. If you can get yourself to write even one or two words, you will find that you will then have the motivation to write a few more. You could also set a goal to write, say, one paragraph every morning. Set a goal that is easily achievable; that will spur you on. Something else you might try is to make a list of all the ways you will benefit by completing an article. Make it as long a list as you can, and add to it daily if you can. The more reasons you have for writing, the more motivated you will be. I hope this helps. Good luck!
@livelily (141)
• China
6 Apr 07
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@AndiCat (326)
• United States
5 Apr 07
Getting started is probably the most difficult aspect of writing. As much as I love to write and may have load of ideas floating around in my head, the act of sitting down to write can be daunting. I will schedule time in my calender to write, as if it were an actual appointment. I will pick the topic closest to my heart at the time . . . and just write. My problem is that I think it has to be perfect the first time around. One of my writing instructors told me not to let the desire for perfection deter me. Just set the timer for 10, 20, 30 minutes or however long you choose, and write without censoring or editing. That can always be done later. You'll be surprised at what you can get accomplished.
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
That's up to you. If you really don't like to write nobody can force you. You should have a target or a deadline to finish something. I have no boss and nobody tells me to write but when I am translating, I work overtime and can't get to sleep unless I finish what I wanted to finish. Now mylot gets much of my time. I enjoy here and I need to earn as nobody supports me in my translation work. I translate the Holy Bible from Greek to English and it's very difficult and I won't be able to finish anything if I am lazy as nobody prods me to translate. I have committed the rest of my life to serve God thru the books I write and since then up to now, I have always been motivated and I haven't felt lazy yet.