First, lets get some definitions out of the way: (all definitions came from the dictionary app on my MacBook)
- The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
- The reason(s) one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
- The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or image or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
- The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.
To be completely honest, you only need one of these things to write, and that is imagination. Don’t curse me yet please! Let me explain.
Inspiration and motivation help make the writing process easier and they are quite valuable in a creative line of work. However, they are not pivotal to the writing process. Just stay with me as I make a comparison.
In any regular day job you don’t need a lot of inspiration or motivation to through the end of that day. It’s nice to have motivation, since it makes the day go by easier, but it isn’t necessary.
When it comes to creative jobs and hobbies inspiration and motivation become intertwined. To be motivated one needs to be inspired, or vice versa. This is a pretty natural process, but for some people motivation is hard to come by and inspiration even more so. Other people are lucky and have enough motivation they could hike a mountain. I congratulate those people, but a lot of people are not like that. I, for one, have a hard enough time getting out of bed.
Inspiration is similar to motivation in the fact that there are few people who are inspired consistently. There are not many people I know that are inspired everyday to do something. I will say that I am lucky enough to feel inspiration a few times within a two-week span. Not everyone is that lucky.
Because most people don’t have consistent inspiration and/or motivation we cannot rely on being inspired or motivated to get work done. If I only wrote every time I was inspired and/or motivated my first draft of The Last Queen of Terrivea probably would not be complete. I have a feeling most writers would be in the same boat.
So how do we crank out those words? We just write. We work out our creative muscle, imagination, and start typing. Sometimes this is enough to inspire and/or motivate us to continue writing for a longer period of time. Sometimes not, but we still do our work for the day.
For those of use who are not regularly inspired or motivated there is a piece of advice I can give to increase productivity!
Create a writing schedule that works for YOU! You’ve probably heard this before and you’ve probably tried this before. For some of you it might have worked, and for others it might not have. There are probably a few reasons why it might not have worked for some of you:
- You left your schedule too loose.
- You made your schedule too strict or tight.
- You did not make it realistic or practical (either too high of expectations, or too low)
I’ve recently made my own schedule and I made sure to keep these points in mind when I made it. There were other factors that I kept in mind when I made my schedule as well. For example, I wanted to keep my weekends open for time with family and friends. So, I made a schedule that fit in the weekdays.
I also did not give myself time restraints for tasks/goals and I gave myself a limit of 5 goals/tasks per day. I did this because I know I can get overwhelmed easily. So having that limit will make it easier for me to actually complete all the tasks I want to get done in a day.
I’ve also started to improve and increase my marketing with social media, and so I included this in my daily tasks, as you can see. You might also notice that I left blank blocks for tasks, I did this for two reasons:
- I couldn’t think of anything to put there, so I left it open for future tasks I might want to add.
- So I know I can have breaks between my marketing bit and my actual writing time.
I put a lot of thought into making my schedule, because I didn’t want fail myself. I wanted to succeed in my quarterly goals and I wanted to improve my productivity. I am serious about making writing my fulltime career and I need to take these steps to get there. I know this, so I am putting in the time and effort. I may not have been motivated to make my schedule, or inspired to create a beautiful copy of my schedule, but I had the imagination to create a schedule that will work for me and help me reach my goals.
I will mention that these methods might not work for everyone and that’s fine. Everyone has to explore and find what works for them. Everyone is unique and so their approach will also be unique.
Thank you for reading,