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Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write When You Need to

Finding a way to motivate yourself to write can feel like shoving yourself in your skinny jeans after gorging on two Thanksgiving dinners. It’s that hard sometimes.

This weekend I reeeeaaaaally needed to write my manuscript, but I had zero motivation to get started–so bad, I watched three movies on Netflix. Have you been there?

After realizing that I spent almost TWELVE HOURS–those movie times really add up–laying on the couch, I knew I had to get myself motivated or I’d lose the weekend.

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I would like to think that my lack of motivation stemmed from my also being sick, but I struggle with motivation not on a sick day sometimes.

After a brisk walk around the neighborhood with Brandon (Our adorable golden), I finally found my stride. And you can too! Check out these easy ways to motivate yourself to write.

1. Find Some Inspiration

There are two fun ways to get yourself inspired to write about your topic: reading other books and watching TV (Yes, you can actually watch TV). Just make sure that they’re kid-related.

I find that turning on a 20-minute kid’s show really gets the inspiration going (I particularly like Lost in Oz or Ever After High). But the key is to turn off the show after 20 minutes and sit down at my computer.

Otherwise, I would lay around all day binge watching cartoons. And that isn’t a way to motivate yourself to write. 

Check out these two articles on the benefits of watching TV and why you need to read comp books for more tips and tricks!

2. Try a mind dump or writing about something else.

Maybe the reason you can’t find the words to write is because you’re stuck on your story. When that happens it’s best to motivate yourself to write something else.

Try another picture book idea you’ve been playing around with, edit an old manuscript you haven’t looked at in forever, or move onto a different section of your novel. Then come back to what you’re supposed to write. 

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3. Realize that you may just need a break for a bit.

If you’ve been working for a long time, you could be exhausted. You can’t motivate yourself to write because your body is telling you to sleep and give your eyes a break.

Try a power-nap, a walk around the neighborhood, or relaxing with your love. Anything away from the screen that will give your body rest so you can come back to your project refreshed.

Even if you have a looming deadline, you should still give your eyes some time away from the screen.

4. Schedule your writing time.

In a perfect world, you’d feel like writing often enough to create beautiful prose all week long. Insert magic butterflies and other fairy tale creatures.

In reality, you’re rushing to work in the morning, coming home after 10 hours to quickly make dinner, do laundry and other chores, make sure the kids have their homework done, and maybe kiss your spouse to remind them that you love them. Then you flop in bed, only to rinse and repeat.

Who would feel like writing after a day like that?

The fact is if you wait to feel like writing, you will be waiting more times than not. You’ll be a waiter, instead of a writer. (Like Dan Poynter said in this article). 

Save yourself the disappointment and schedule time in your week to write. Then make it a point to show up!


Hitting a wall and not being able to motivate yourself to write happens from time to time. When it does, try finding something to get your brain excited to write or even taking a break for a bit.

You don’t need to wait with writer’s block for long.

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