Guest Post: How to Motivate Yourself to Write a Book

This week Lucy Adams joins me on the blog to share her insights on what to do when you just plain don’t feel like writing, even though you know you need to in order to meet your goals. Take a look below at what she has to say.

It is no secret that many authors – both beginners and experienced – from time to time face the lack of motivation for writing and/or subsequent editing/finalizing. Have you even experienced the lack of will? If you write constantly, then, I bet, you have!

Days are passing by and you gradually lose your spirit along with the desire to write…What to do and is there a cure? I believe there is, and I’m gonna prove it in the lines below.

Running beforehand, I should mention that some may find the proposed approach too complicated, but be sure, you’ll feel the difference once you try it. If you have unanswered questions, feel free to ask them on this useful site.

To Do or Not to Do – That is the Question

Our daily routine consists of various affairs and responsibilities, from morning breakfast to watching TV before going to bed. So how to allocate time for a thoughtful and calm work on the book?

Let’s start with the fact that all routine things can be divided into four large groups, using two main criteria: urgency and importance. On a scale of urgency, affairs are divided into urgent  – that requires immediate execution – and non-urgent – that we can postpone. On a scale of importance, we can allocate important or unimportant affairs depending on our personal priorities.

And now let’s form the four groups:

  1. Urgent and important (study, work, sleep, eating, attending a birthday, an anniversary, force Majeure related to the health and safety). In general, if you do not take into account the work and study, urgent and important affairs take no more than 20% of the total time.
  2. Non-urgent but important (for example, sports). We are well aware of how much they are important and useful, although they can be postponed for “better times.” Here we assign the attention that should be given to relatives and friends, hobbies (in our case – writing), self-education, and self-improvement.
  3. Urgent but unimportant. These affairs arise by coincidence or someone’s will. For example, bonuses for daily visits in applications. Although the importance of these events is uncertain, we do them because of the urgency.
  4. Non-urgent and unimportant. Basically, it’s entertainment – watching TV, browsing, etc. These things eat our time, but don’t bring any tangible benefits. We are attached to them by force of habit and laziness.

So, now when you are aware of this fundamental classification, I want to ask you: which of these groups is the most important? Which one defines your achievements and success?

Think #1, huh? Well, you’re mistaken. 99% people in the world have to study, work, sleep, and eat, but very few of them are really successful. It won’t make you different from millions of others.

So the right answer is #2! The fulfillment of these cases allows us to develop and grow, becoming better every single day. But, unfortunately, these affairs are not urgent, so many of us set them aside. Sports and diet get delayed until Monday or until the beginning of next month. Smart and useful books are lying on the nightstand for weeks and months. Just because reading is not urgent!

The same applies to writing. We wait for the Muse and the appropriate mood while the text is lying aside and waiting until we finally decide to add a few more pages. Of course, only if all the TV shows are covered.

The reality is that useless #4 affairs rob us of the precious time we could spend on the #2 achievements. Count all the time that you waste on #4 and I bet you will discover that this time is enough to write a few dozen full-length novels!

Well, I’ve just described the situation and don’t want to moralize anymore; the conclusions are up to you.


Undoubtedly, prioritizing, being part of time-management, is crucial. But nothing can help you if writing doesn’t excite you. Sit and think about the meaning of writing. Why do you need it – as a hobby, a source of income or just to spend/waste time? What place do you expect the literary to occupy in your life in 5, 10, 20 years? Decide on writing – whether you’re a stranger or a professional in it. And that’s a very important question.

When planning the pastime, just weigh the priorities. To view a movie or work on a book? To meet with friends or add a few more paragraphs to the story? Depending on the priority, writing may come on the forefront or stay in the background.

When you understand and weigh the priority of daily activities, getting rid of non-urgent and unimportant affairs, it turns out that you have enough free time to complete all the important and useful things from the #2 group. As well, you’ll find the true meaning of writing for you.

Do things you love and be in harmony with yourself and the outside world. See you soon!

Lucy Adams is a blogger and essay writer from BuzzEssay. She feels comfortable in a huge variety of niches, from psychology to marketing and business. Simply put, Lucy is a generalist. Feel free to suggest your craziest ideas and add some value to your website at no cost. Fast and grounded response guaranteed.

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