Are you looking for writing motivation?
In this article, I’ll share 7 working tips that will help you get motivated to write or reach your writing goals.
Feel free to skip this intro and jump directly to the tips by clicking here.
It’s 31st December, the year’s end, or 25th December, or any other day of celebration you can think of.
You are sitting beside the dinner table, with your family; mom, dad, your little brother, your elder sister, and your best buddy whom you have invited to celebrate the night with you.
You were narrating an incident when you did something amazing in class, and the table is dead silent, all lending their ears to you.
There is laughter and some aww moments on the table based on your style of narrating and overall they are enjoying your story to their heart’s content.
You finish up the story. All have a great round of applause for you, and you feel like you are on top of the world.
You think you have surpassed Shakespeare in terms of storytelling.
You go to bed smiling and patting your back.
Imagine once more …
Seven friends (including you) are going on a long journey car (okay, a spacious car!) ride and there is so much silence in the vehicle. All clung to their smartphones.
Now, suddenly you remember a story when you went to a picnic with your family. Yes, the picnic where you saved a girl from being molested and also helped her find her way back home.
Fantastic story; all seven had their cell phones back in their pockets and were glued to your words.
You conclude by taking a selfie with your friends all looking so nostalgic.
Feeling elated, you write the event in your diary and create a Facebook life event for keeping the moment alive.
Now take it this way…
You are sitting at your table writing on your blog. You decide to narrate both the stories (or anyone, no problem), and do a fab job describing the event.
You also get 7 to 8 comments on your blog, thanking you for filling their day with positivity.
You check analytics and find that post had not seven, not eight but twenty views that night and the other day after it.
But, still, you are not happy this time, you are disheartened.
You think you are no better than a dumb-ass.
You humiliate yourself by saying you are nobody in the blogosphere and you hate to be like this.
You start complaining that you are not as rocking as your fellow bloggers and competitors are. After all, they get thousands of views on any post they write!
Frustrated, you go to sleep promising to never blog again, ever.
Now answer my questions:
- What had significantly changed during both your storytelling events?
- Did you not get the seven people in your car or five family members going crazy with your narrative style?
- Did your post not garner much more appreciation when you repeated the story on the internet?
You even got twenty pairs of eyeballs on your content which was roughly three times compared to your first two attempts.
So what went wrong?
Why do you feel you now have no motivation to write?
Is it because this time it is twenty people sitting on the other side of the computer, each separately at their dinner table?
Does that make a difference?
Change your mindset…
Changing your mindset about the results will help you find that writing motivation.
Even if your blog has one reader, respect them.
If someone (in the other corner of the world) decides to spend 3 minutes of their valuable time reading what you have to say, respect their efforts.
If twenty readers of yours think you have helped them in gaining confidence and are grateful to you, DON’T humiliate them by saying, “Ah, you are not the 5000 visitors the other shitty blog is getting, and I don’t want to appreciate your gratitude”.
If you have one reader, take it as a friend who is giving you his time. Don’t get disheartened. One friend is invaluable.
If you have six readers, take it as a dinner table where everyone appreciates your words.
If you have 50 readers, take it as a cafe where everyone is sipping their coffee for sure, but lending their ears to you too.
If you have 500 visitors, it is equivalent to your community hall, where all are listening to you with all their hearts.
If you have 5000 visitors, take it as if you are addressing a football audience and they are all for you. Cheering and applauding.
Never underestimate your audience, never underestimate your ability.
If you still need writing motivation, here are 7 proven ways that will help you get motivated to write instantly.
Writing motivation: 7 ways to get motivated to write
If you want daily writing motivation, just remember “some people dream of success while others get up in the morning and make it happen“.
You might get stuck or run out of ideas but you have to stay positive and keep writing no matter what. Consistency is the key to avoiding writer’s block.
If you’re motivated by rewards, you can also consider the benefits of blogging to motivate you.
Here are 7 ways to stay motivated to write:
1) Discover your why
Henneke from EnchantingMarketing suggests that connecting with your “why” helps you get inspired to write. When you know why you do what you do, it becomes less of a chore and more of a pleasure you want to stay indulged in.
Jot down why you write, and what benefits writing has on you (personally and professionally) and these reasons will become your motivation to write.
Think about your writing goals, and the mission you want to achieve with your content.
For me, it is to help people realize the potential of blogging and help them get started.
This is helpful in increasing a long-lasting intrinsic motivation for me to blog.
2) Write for your target audience
Another most common blogging mistake beginners make is trying to be a people-pleaser.
To hit the bull’s eye, you need to focus on writing for your target audience.
You have to accept the fact that not all will relate to the story you have to tell.
Creating content on a broad topic will only boost your bounce rates.
With that said, let’s find the perfect target audience..
3) Create a reader persona
Now that you know who your target audience is, create a reader persona (a simple profile of your ideal reader, the problem they face, the solution they’re looking for, etc), and then start writing for that single persona.
That way you know what pain points your reader has.
What are their interests and how you can help them with your writing process?
Here’s a guide to creating a reader persona easily.
Did you notice how you felt like we’ve been talking one-on-one all this while so does another reader sitting in front of their laptop (reading this exact article)?
How did this happen?
By a single trick of using conversational writing style and using words like “you”, “us” and “your”. These words make the reader feel like you’re talking to them one-on-one.
4) Keep the ideas flowing
Ideas don’t have to strike you when you want them to. You can get ideas at the weirdest places and at the oddest of times.
The best way to harvest all these ideas is to jot down as they come and write on them at your own pace. Sometimes, certain ideas will not make sense, later on, discard them and cultivate newer ideas.
If you’re still stuck, here is a massive list of blog post topics to keep your creative juices flowing.
Here are some tips to help you blog more consistently. Take a thorough look:
Please note: Don’t forget to go through my best writing hacks that I mention after this graphic.
5) Focus on providing value
In the first two assumptions, did you notice both your family and your friends were happy with your story?
The reason is you provided each of them a value they wanted and could relate to. When you were with your family, it was an obedient student’s story and with your friends, mostly teens, you talked about a girl.
This is what will help you in your content too.
Research what your audience wants. And then craft blog posts that provide some value to them.
Solve their problems.
6) Fix your underlying issues
It’s always safe to run a scan and see if there is an issue that needs to be fixed rather than hoping all is fine.
If you’ve tried all the writing tips & leveraged all the writing tools for writers out there but still not seeing visible growth, you need to think about the other areas you’re missing out.
Take time out to reflect on your writing routine.
If bots don’t get what you’re writing, they can’t rank it, and then you lose out on all those potential readers that type the query you’re writing about.
Another important aspect is to make sure you’re not making any blogging mistakes that might be crippling your blog on the inside.
Check out these common beginner blogging mistakes (#3 on the list kept my blog growth-deprived for a year or so until I discovered it) and double-check if you’re making them.
If you’re making any of those listed mistakes, follow the solutions listed there to fix the loophole in your content writing strategy.
7) Use tools to boost your writing motivation
Still can’t get out of that writer’s block?
You can use certain tools to help you gain back your motivation to complete your writing project. Heck, you can even have AI content generation tools to do all the heavy-lifting for you.
a) Use browser extensions to block social media sites
Extensions like StayFocused (for Chrome & Edge) can be used to block social media sites completely during your writing sessions or after a certain amount of time (like say 15 minutes per day).
This will keep you from being distracted from these sites and prevent you from unintentionally going down the rabbit hole of Instagram reels.
b) Use a daily planner
A daily planner app like Serene can not only help you block distracting sites but also help you focus by setting one primary goal (remember the book Eat That Frog?) for the day and then breaking your day into sessions in order to achieve it.
It also plays your music to boost your writing motivation.
c) Use a distraction-free writing app
Here is a list of the best writing app and here’s another that lists the best blogging apps. Make sure to choose something that lets you write distraction-free.
I have tried Ulysses, Bear, and even the plain old Google doc. Choose something that is minimal and doesn’t spoil you with a lot of customizations so you can focus on writing rather than customizing.
There are times when I get the motivation to write and I can’t think of anything and open Apple Notes. It serves the purpose and doesn’t let you do too many things. That’s what a distraction-free writing app should do.
However, as complex as content creation in the current online marketing scene is, I prefer tools like Google docs that help you with collaborative writing. You can take input from team members, and share your feedback, and sometimes that’s the only thing that you need to bring back your writing motivation.
d) Keep your phone away
Research shows that smartphones negatively affect productivity and overall daily lives.
Try switching your phone off or keeping it across the room (for the duration of your writing time) so that you don’t get drawn towards it after writing a little or when even in the tiny timing that a page takes to load.
Over to you: How to get motivated to write or blog
I hope this post gave you a different perspective on blogging and helped you gain some motivation to write and blog consistently.
What are your thoughts?
Here’s a writing motivation quote that I strongly believe in.
Believe in the process and don’t focus on the results. If you’ve followed the process with all honesty, results will automatically come.
How do you get motivated to write? What writing activities do you follow to keep gloomy days away?
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FAQs on finding your writing motivation
What motivates a writer to write?
The number one reason that motivates a writer to write is the mission that led him to start writing in the first place. Whenever you lack the motivation, just try to visualize the writing goal that you had before you began. That will help you push through and get motivated to write.
How to get daily writing motivation?
Daily writing motivation becomes easy when you have a set daily writing routine. That way, you know when to do what and don’t have to waste time thinking about your next steps. Having a set writing process also helps you connect one task to another (like making coffee taking it to your work table and then drinking it while writing) and which makes the flow easy. Other things like setting a daily writing goal (like 500 words), not editing while writing, switching off distractions, etc also help. Just remember, not to go overboard with anything.
How do you write when you are not in the mood?
Writing when you’re not in the mood will result in mediocre content but don’t let it stop you. You can work on setting your mood by taking a break, going out on a walk, creating a writing routine, setting up an ambiance (burning essential oils, clearing the writing table), etc. can help.