The 5 W’s of Motivation
Blogger: Rachel Zurakowski
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What helps you to write? Do you write better at a specific time of day? Are you best off with a cup of tea on your desk, or does drinking tea while writing inspire more bathroom stops than words on paper?
I encourage you to explore what keeps you motivated. It will help you to focus. Plus, if you know where to go to get motivation when you’re feeling discouraged, you’ll get out of the writer’s slump you’ve fallen into faster. This is important for when you’re writing for something like the National Novel Writing Month program or writing on deadline. You can’t let those slumps stop you.
To evaluate your motivations, think about these things:
Who motivates you to write? Is there a person in your life whom you are writing for, or is there someone who knows what encouraging thing to say? If so, when you start to fall off the writing track, think about that person or give your encouraging buddy a call.
When do you feel most motivated to write? Do you write best in the morning, midday, or at night? One of my close author friends has young children, and she gets up very early in the morning to write so none of the kiddos distract her. Find the best time for you and stick with it! Create a writing schedule for yourself.
Why do you write? (What motivates you?) Think about your goals for writing. Focus on them, and when you feel discouraged, think again about what you would like to accomplish with your writing. It’s a good idea to write down your goals and keep them near your writing space.
Where do you write best? Where is your writing space? Some authors write best from home while others are too distracted at home and must write at the library or a coffee shop. If you find yourself unproductive, try something new. Avoid the Internet while you write; consider disconnecting your router during your scheduled writing time.
If you feel comfortable sharing some of your answers to the 5 W’s, please do!