Habits are formed by doing things day after day, even if we don’t necessarily feel like doing them. This includes writing. Making writing a daily (or almost daily – rest is important!) habit sometimes requires pounding out words even if they all feel like garbage.
But sometimes, it’s okay to put yourself in a “writing mood,” especially if you feel blocked. It’s good to seek out inspiration and get renewed energy and excitement to write. Sometimes, we just need it. One of the most important parts of forming a writing habit is recognising when you need to just do it and when you need to give yourself a little boost.
So how do you get into a writing mood? It differs for everyone, and chances are you actually know the answer in the back of your mind but just haven’t thought about it. It’s a great idea to identify what motivates you so that you can use those things when needed. Here are some ideas to get you started!
1. Go outside
I wrote a whole post about this once! Getting out of the house – and spending time outside, specifically – is a great motivator. Nature is unique everywhere we look. It’s always changing! Plus, it often brings much-needed peace and quiet. One of the first places I always go to for inspiration is nature.
2. Make a cup of coffee
Making yourself (or buying) a special treat like a cup of tea or a latte can add a little spark of joy to your writing session. The better mood you’re in, the more easily you’ll be able to write. Plus, caffeine has been proven to boost your mood and help you focus!
3. Listen to music
Putting on some good music before or during your writing session will not only put you in a good mood, but also get the creative juices flowing.
4. Spend time alone or with others
Depending on whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, one or the other of these will appeal to you. If you’re an introvert, spending some time alone with your thoughts can replenish your energy and put you in a great mood to write. Extroverts will find that they get energy from being around other people, so you might be in the best mood to write after hanging out with friends. Wherever you feel the most comfortable, spend time there before you write.
5. Do something you enjoy
Whatever it is – cooking, playing video games, dancing, reading – do it before your writing session. The excitement from your favourite activity will carry over into your writing!
There are so many more things you can do to put yourself in a good writing mood – you just have to find your “thing.” Whenever you need that extra burst of energy or inspiration, try one of these options before writing and see what happens.
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