Do you love to write? If the answer is a definite no, here are some tips that will make the process a little less painful. Is your answer an enthusiastic yes? Even so, admit it, there are moments where the idea does not excite you as much as usual. Example: days when you are tired, but you have a deadline looming over your head. Then, there are the days when you have already written for hours and you do not want to think anymore. Finally, some days you simply cannot put two words together. A few gentle adjustments in attitude and routine might help you to write when you are tired of writing.
To begin, let us steal a little advice from unwilling readers. If someone does not like to read, they often read only what is absolutely required, an obligation usually imposed by others. Reading something purely for pleasure is often the recommended remedy. Though reluctant readers may find it hard to imagine that any reading can be pleasurable, they change their minds when they dive into a book that holds a personal interest. Similarly, rather than writing to meet a work or education requirement, write about something that you find fascinating. The following recommendations might renew your will to write.
Do you find a certain person, profession, or organization intriguing? Record your interview to make it easy to transcribe later. For this exercise, you do not necessarily need to plan what you will do with the information. File it away. At some point in the future, it may serve as inspiration for an article.
A break from routine might also help. Have you ever considered switching genres? If you are a non-fiction writer, try writing a fictional story about an area of expertise. As a fiction writer, you have a lot of wiggle room within your own genre. For instance, there are the mainstream options of science fiction, mystery, romance, or comedy. Venture even further off the beaten path by writing a fictional story based on true historical events. Why not create your own brand-new genre?
ABW (Already Been Written)
If you already have written manuscripts, look through them to see if you can expand the concepts that you have already explored. Can you write a new story from a supporting character’s perspective? Can you imagine what happened before or after your story occurred and write a sequel or prequel? Non-fiction work lends itself to deeper research and specialization. If you wrote about carpentry, for example, write supplementary articles about apprenticeships, tools, trends, specific artisans, and furniture styles across cultures. A few moments of brainstorming can generate dozens of ideas.
Extrinsically Motivating Pieces
It is not called the almighty dollar for no reason. Money is an especially strong motivator for some people. If the idea of earning a substantial amount of money appeals to you, seek a writing opportunity that will be lucrative. The anticipation of a future payoff may be enough to set your wheels spinning again. Others might seek fame or respect. For those, a writing contest may be just the jolt that is needed. Find out what moves you!
Intrinsically Motivating Articles
If a cause impassions you, write about it. Intrinsic motivation affects your inner emotions. Think about personal experiences, loved ones, pets, or whatever makes you feel good when you write about it. You could also write to a specific individual who you care about in personal correspondence. To increase the good vibes, use an online proofreading program to improve your spelling and grammar.
Once you enjoy writing, it will become progressively easier to do. For a while, focus on writing only about people or things that interest you. Use intrinsic or extrinsic rewards to motivate you to write. Eventually, your tiredness will lift and you will feel like writing again!
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Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.