8 Ways To Get In The Mood For Writing
Ninety percent of the time, I have set times for my daily tasks. I get along fine with near everything in my schedule, I can start and finish tasks without hesitation.
…Apart from writing. Writing is utterly different. It requires a part of our brain to suddenly activate when it hasn’t been used for sometimes days. The creative side. Not only that, in order to produce high quality writing – we need:
- Fast Thinking
I used to really struggle with my writing, in fact as soon as I started writing I would become extremely restless. Writing good content whether it be a novel, article, column or blog post requires patience and focus. Patience and focus are the two key factors to producing high quality content.
In the beginning you always feel the need to get up or do another job; but if you work past those initial restless moments you’ll get into the zone of non-stop output. So here are 8 ways to get in the mood for writing.
1. Find A Writing Spot
You know how they advise people to seperate business from home life? Well, the same thing applies to writing. If you’re writing in the same place you do other work or even eat breakfast; you generally feel the need to do other work or eat breakfast whilst in those same places. The brain associates certain places with doing certain things.
The best thing you can do is have a designated writing spot in your home or even work place. As your brain gradually learns to associate the writing spot with actively writing and being creative; it will. You’ll find it much easier to slip into the writing state of mind and almost instantaneously produce good content.
2. Get Out The House
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try; you just need to get outside. You need to escape the office/writing spot shackles and burn some energy. If you find yourself needing to run or simply exercise; it’s because you’re not burning off enough steam.
The best way to burn off annoying energy is to go for a 10 minute run, lift some weights, hit the gym once a day or for some writers; smoke a cigarette (for some reason it works). Otherwise just step outside for a few minutes or take the dog for a walk. Going outside opens and clears the mind. The idea is to burn energy and take your mind off writing.
3. Plan Your Writing
This is the first thing teachers taught us back in middle school. How to plan your writing before you begin. Any great novelist will know how extraordinarily powerful a plan is.
By mapping out what you’re going to write before you write it; the brain easily fills in the gaps and is surprisingly faster at being creative.
4. Write Anything… Quickly
This is a strategy that I don’t really practice because once I get in the zone (which I do quickly), I can write for hours. One of the ways I first got over writer’s block was by writing anything, quickly. Literally just write whatever comes to mind.
It doesn’t even have to be anything to do with the subject you’re supposed to be writing about. The idea is to write about anything that comes to mind so your brains gets used to writing down your thoughts as they come to you.
5. Learn About The Subject
Back when I had a plan to write a blog post every day, I struggled the most. I had to write an article every single day about something new and completely different. A lot of the time my problem was that I just didn’t know enough about what I was writing about.
As soon as I started writing by reading a few similar articles by reputable writers or bloggers; the daily task became a whole lot easier. So that’s what you need to do. Before you write an article, blog post or whatever else; read a few similar articles. Most of the time you won’t need to do that much research. But even if you’re an expert on a subject, reading other writer’s opinions helps clarify things and really helps you structure your content a whole lot more effectively.
6. Read Past Work
This is a great way to get back into the writing zone. Simply by reading some of your past work. If you’re writing a novel or a really long article; always do this. Read the past few pages to jog your memory a little. Reading past work always helps you get in the mood for writing – especially when your writing is good.
7. Eliminate Distractions
This is a no brainer for obvious reasons. Eliminate all distractions.
- Young kids running around the house? Lock them outside.
- Aggressive dog barking? Throw the kids & the dog in a room and lock it (rid them both).
- Television? Destroy it!
For some reason, music activates the pleasure center of our brains and makes us happy to some extent. And for some reason; music helps many of us write. It helps us concentrate and boosts productivity. As long as it’s not too loud, it generally helps us get in the mood for writing.
The trick is to make listening to music in your writing spot with all distractions off and everything else part of your writing process. All things you do when you write. The more you repeat the process, the more swiftly your brain will start being creative and write good content!
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