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How do you self-motivate to write?



Hey, I’m back! I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a video, so I kinda started like halfway through my ride home. So I’m just going to drive a little bit longer on purpose.

So I figured out what I want to talk about for today and basically just like how do you motivate yourself to write more frequently or reach goals? Cause, this is more like a asking other people kind of video. I don’t really have like a good answer.

Usually I like to go by word count, mostly because of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Basically, I did my first one in 2016 and that was the first I ever completed a draft of any novel I was ever working on – and trust me I have so many. And so I felt very accomplished and I really pushed myself and I got there. It was nice. *stuttering* I’m not sure what I’m trying to say, sorry. What are even words?

Basically, it really helped for November and I got that draft done, and I did it again for 2017, that really helped me. Before 2017 one, I actually managed to get another draft done [in] February and March, and I used word count too. And that helped a lot.

But since my mental health has taken a dip, word count’s been a little bit way too stressful for me. I’ve had to push my goal over and over again and it’s kinda frustrating to do that. Cause I just feel very unaccomplished and it lowers my motivation, the fact that I’m not reaching these goals. So I’m trying to lower the word count,  but then I’m like ‘I”m never going to get it done on time or when I want to get it done.’ Cause, honestly, I wanna get it done now, like I’m really close to the end of my draft. I just need first draft done, and then I can move on to editing. And I feel like, I’m going to hate editing, but it’ll be nice.

Yeah, so like, what do you find helps motivate you? Is really what I’m wondering. Cause what I’ve been trying to get myself to do lately is just focus on writing at least once a day – even if I get one sentence or two sentences. Just because, like, I have been really down lately and so I don’t really feel like I have much energy to think. So writing is a little bit difficult for that and I know some people like to push for time. Writing for an hour or something like that. I don’t feel like my attention span is quite good enough to do a goal like that, unfortunately.

Yeah, I don’t know. I really want to be writing more and I’m trying to find a way to motivate myself more. If you have depression or anxiety, what do you find helps you the most. Because, honestly, that’s what I’m struggling with the most. It just kinda leeches the energy from me and I just feel like I can’t write anything cause I just can’t do anything at all.

How do keep consistently writing? Cause I know that’s what I want to do. I want to be able to write like it’s a habit than anything. But I have a very variable schedule too. My work schedule is never consistent. I could be working a closing shift, then I open the next day. Or I could be working overnight shift and then have a day off then open then be a mid shift. It’s just not consistent in the least. So I can’t even do like, oh I want to write from this time to this time every day.

I took a bit of a detour and apparently I didn’t need to cause I’m done my conversation.

So if you want to leave me comments, direct message me on twitter or instagram – that’d be awesome. I guess, there’s some people, I share this to my facebook too, so you can message me on facebook too if you have any suggestions, recommendations. I am looking for advice.

But yeah… *awkward smile* I can’t hit the end button right now, cause I’m driving. ~No distracted driving for me~

So I am almost home now. I’m gonna say goodbye, I hope everyone has a great day. Please, please, respond to this video. I am in dire need of help. I really want to get this draft done. And hopefully, I will be writing once I get out of this vehicle and get into my apartment. Well, I need to eat first, so food and then… What the frick frack is that person doing… Okay guess I’m passing them. (I got distracted and lost my train of thought oops)


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Please send advice/resources/or whatever! Or if you want to bond over shared pain I’m down for that too! ❤ ❤

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