I’ll keep this post short and sweet because that’s how simple the answer is. If you want to write a book, even if you’re unmotivated, the only way to do that is to write anyway. Even if you have to force yourself to write something… Anything is better than nothing.
They say there’s no such thing as good writing, only good editing, which is 100% true. More often than not, the reason for a writing block is simply because you feel bored with the story. If that happens, jazz things up a little, take a break, watch a movie or listen to a great soundtrack.
If the problem isn’t the story but your inability to write anything, take a break, take a walk, come back and force yourself to write solidly for ten minutes. Your head will be clear and there will be no excuse. Pick up the pen or open up your document, then write.
Don’t stop. Don’t even think about what you’re doing. Force yourself to write and don’t stop, don’t edit, no matter how awful your eyes burn. And by the end, you’ll have something. A start, a character, an idea. Whether you use it later or let it collect dust and never see the light of day again, you have something which proves that you can write.
Stop procrastinating and start writing.
Record your word count daily, set small goals for yourself. My goal this year is to write a minimum of 500 words a day and I have kept that goal successfully. There have been days when I don’t want to write, or I’m tired, or busy, and the 500 words I write are just a short idea, or part of a chapter later on in the story, but it’s something – and the little somethings all add up to help later.
Now, I’ve written a total of 32,932 words this month so far. Breaking things down, setting yourself small goals, and forcing yourself to just write non-stop for a small amount of time really does get you adjusted into writing regularly. And once you’ve made writing a habit, it’s easier to get started the next time you pick up a pen, or open up that manuscript draft.
We’ve all been there, we all know what it’s like when you sit down and you simply have no idea where your story is going, what you want to write, whether you should give up all future attempts of writing, but you can get through it. You have to remember, it’s all in your mind.
Your body is only waiting for your permission to start writing.