I don’t know.
How do you do it?
In the writing world, you’ve heard talk about the structure of sentences and paragraphs. We apply metaphors to writing to help us understand how to follow a tight structure.
But in the end, writing is not a highway, a scenic trail, a house, a building. Sure, those metaphors can help us — a lot — to write with more clarity. But your structure’s pretty good. You’re on the right track.
So, why do you feel unmotivated to write?
So incredibly bored with your own thoughts? Running low on motivation?
One of the problems, I’ll venture to guess, is that you’ve somehow — somewhere along the way — restricted your creativity, or people around you have restricted it.
Because you’re not just a writer. There are so many other artistic qualities that inspire you. But somehow, when it comes to writing, we mentally transport ourselves back into our high school class rooms, where that horrible English teacher taught us how to write a proper essay.
There’s nothing wrong with structured writing. That’s good writing.
But why are you so dead-uninspired?
If you just want to write, write, write, you will get burned out. You will feel stuck. You will get to a point where you simply cannot write another sentence or you’ll feel like you want to kill yourself.
That’s why you need to activate other creative areas about yourself you love. And use those other artistic qualities in you to drive your writing.
Great writing doesn’t happen inside a vacuum. Writing conveys experience. Any of it. All of it. So why are you restricting your writing to some tiny pigeonhole of your experience? You need to expand your creative sights as you jump in to write, and activate those parts of you that get you excited.
I mean, some days you really just feel it. You’re ready to write. But at point or another, you’ll run out of gas. It’s almost impossible just to write, write, write, write, write, write, write.
Because sooner or later, the inspiring stimuli you’ve deprived yourself of will bite you in the rear, and you won’t have any good feelings to draw from anymore.
Some ways to light up your brain so you’ll feel more motivated to write:
- Listen to your favorite music before, during, or after you write. Select wordless music if you can.
- View videos and art that make you feel something. That make you feel anything. Knock yourself out of the stuffy confines of an academic, ultra-structured approach to writing.
- This is why people listen to nature soundtracks while they work. They like how that stimulus makes them feel. It gets those positive, motivating brain chemicals flowing through their bodies, so they’re motivated to buckle down and get stuff done.
For some bizarre reason, I’m reminded of the Berlin wall right now. An amazing structure, right?
East and West Germany had created such a rigid rivalry between each other, the two regions were separated by a structure. To keep away from each other and maintain their political, social structures.
But at some point or another, people realized they had to tear it down if they were to truly abolish a stuffy, socialist system.
History buffs out there, I’m sorry for castrating such a complex, serious topic. But do you feel me, at least a little bit?
That’s how I feel about lack of motivation in writing. There’s this huge, menacing wall between my creativity and my writing process.
And sometimes, it takes a little destruction to bridge the gap between these two regions of the brain.
So you can write whatever you want. You have freedom to do that!
See? I don’t care. I do what I want. You know why? Because it’s worth it to me to be nonsensical, go a little mad, get super creative, if that means feeling inspired about my writing again.
So I’m going to draw pictures for no reason. I’m going to dive into those locked up parts of my brain that I’ve neglected. I’m going to make a conscious effort to reactivate my childish imagination.
Do you remember how you felt as a child when you played imaginary games?
No matter what was going on in your life — mom and dad fighting, bad relationships with siblings and neighborhood kids, getting in trouble — you could play a game and totally escape all of that.
Imagination is a great coping mechanism. So activate it. The world can be an impersonal, unforgiving place. Throw some paint into its face. Take revenge on the mechanical, stale realities of the world.
Get excited for absolutely no reason.
I’m tired of feeling scared because of adult responsibilities.
I’m tired of fearing about what will happen if I take risks. I’m tired of feeling like I’m going to fail.
Throw some freaking paint in its face! Don’t ever forgive the world for taking your youthful joy away from you. Don’t even forgive your brain development over the past 15-20 years.
Take revenge. Get angry at it. And never neglect your imagination. Some day, it may disappear entirely, and you’ll never be able to get it back again.
Look, I don’t think you should use imagination to paint over reality so you don’t have to DEAL with real situations, or your lot in life, or your responsibilities.
I think you should use imagination to deal with the grim FACE of reality. Your imagination is there. It’s a welcome friend waiting to play. All you have to do is spend time with it, and it’ll help you feel awesome dealing with things you’d otherwise avoid, run away from, or ignore entirely.
Imagination is your friend. It can get you excited again. To quote Starwars, “Just let it in.”
Now go spend a little time looking, listening, or doing something that excites your freakin’ brain. Only then will you be able to fall in love and get inspired about writing again.