Motivation to write

A Simple Thought Exercise to Motivate you to Write Again

Have some writing you want to get done? Spend a couple minutes reading through this easy, 5 step exercise to motivate you to write and finally tackle your writing project head on.

Note: This will especially motivate you to write if you…
  • Find yourself overwhelmed with how much writing you need to get done in the next week or two.
  • Want to start a writing project, but it keeps getting shoved to ‘tomorrow’.
  • Started a writing project, left it untouched for far too long, and are finding it hard to get back into it.
The War of Art
Whatever your reason for being here instead of writing productively, the below is a 5 step, low energy thought exercise that will get you putting words down again. Don’t get me wrong, writing takes work. But sometimes, the hardest part of finishing any writing project is simply getting started. And with this foolproof method, it can be incredibly easy.

Step 1.

Daydream about why you are writing this particular project.


That’s right, all you have to do is daydream. In other words, let your mind think about your intention or goals for writing at all. This could be…
  • Pumping out a blog post that will go viral and send you a ton of traffic.
  • A paper that will get you an A+.
  • A novel that will obviously be a bestseller and allow you to retire and do nothing but write and sign books all day (you can do it!). 
  • <your writing hopes and dreams>.
Whatever it is, make sure it gets you excited about your intention. This is where the motivation to write starts.

Step 2.

Think about one simple task to get started.

I know, this sounds like work. But don’t worry about your whole plan. Just think about something you need to do first. The simpler the better. For instance, it could be ‘I need to pick up my pen and notebook‘. Or maybe you’re coming back to a project after a long period and all you need to do is reread what you’ve written already. Sounds easy enough. Or perhaps all you need to do is jot down an outline or some get some thoughts down. Maybe it’s research–which sounds hard on the face of it. But what part of your research, really? Can you start with Google? Or a particular book?
And remember, we’re still in thought exercise mode so you really don’t need to write out the task–but writing things down does indeed help if you have a pen or computer nearby.

Step 3.

Ask yourself honestly how much time it would take to do that task.

Timeline with time estimates


There are a couple reasons for this. One, having a time estimate for a task makes it far more doable and it’s something you can record in your awesome timeline of tasks and milestones. But also, it ends up being a test for whether or not your task is really simple or not. If you find yourself thinking it’s going to take more than an hour, or even more than 30 minutes, challenge yourself to think about a simpler or smaller task to get started.

Step 4.

Add a  reward (optional).

Recap: You’ve visualized the payoff at the end of the road, you’ve thought of a simple first step and even how long it might take you to take it.
Now to help seal the deal (or in this case, provide extra motivation) think about something nice you might do for yourself if you do it. Don’t go crazy. Maybe it’s a piece of chocolate, or 30 minutes spent playing video games. In general, it’s good to keep your rewards and the work you did to earn it…somewhat proportional. If you finish an entire draft of a book, hey go treat yourself to that champagne! But for this exercise, all we’re trying to do is overcome the hurdle of getting started on a project. Keep it sweet and simple.

Step 5.

Think about when you can actually do it.

Going through steps 1-4 are all well and good, but sometimes they come to nothing if you don’t actually make time to execute. Ask yourself seriously when you can get your first step done. You even know how long it might take you to do it, so you can work it into a calendar. But hey, there’s no better time than now. If this 5 step process got you thinking about a writing project, then pick up (or sign into) your favorite writing tool and get going.
And remember, these 5 steps are reusable! This method can be like a muscle you build and then regularly flex to motivate you to write when you need it most.
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1 Comment

  1. I love this exercise. The 5 steps are simple and easily doable. I am on it!!!

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