Last week I talked about why writing can be so scary. This week I want to talk about little things I do to help myself jump off that cliff and start writing. Use the word bribe if you must, I prefer “positive reinforcement.” Sometimes, I need something to remind me that I actually like to write.
Going to the library or a bookstore is often a good start. I don’t feel isolated or lonely because I’m surrounded by books and people who love them. Going somewhere to write gives me a sense of purpose and a relieves me of every duty but writing. Also, bookstores and libraries are full of rewards. I can set myself a time or word quota and then promise myself twenty minutes of free reading and browsing. A drink or snack from the cafe isn’t a bad little motivator either.
Sometimes even writing tools themselves can make me want to dive into creativity. I love handling the beautiful journals at Barnes and Nobel or Borders. Especially the soft leather ones. I love the pocket on Moleskine notebooks–although I seldom put anything in mine. The thrill of fresh paper or the eagerness to test out a new pen (I’ve spent my life searching for the perfect black pen that doesn’t smear when you write with your left hand. I know Erin and Michelle only write with a certain brand of ultra-fine point pens but I press too hard and shove the felt point into the metal tip) remind me how much I enjoy the act of writing.
Not every bribe has to be expensive. Try buying some markers and letting yourself write or draw in color. Try a new font on your computer, a new theme on your blog. Or maybe do something to spruce up your writing space like add a favorite scented candle or some flowers to your desk. I enjoy the visual pizazz and elementary-school-satisfaction from journaling with markers.
This laptop desk is both pretty and functional and even includes a cup holder! Now if only they made a lapdesk that could either convert into a laptop case or fit in one.
Time for me to get off this blog and start writing!
So tell me, what do you do to get yourself motivated?