A couple of months ago I started going to the gym on a regular basis. The first few weeks were the hardest. Each day I had to give myself a mental pep talk to get me going. I started out by walking and/or jogging around the indoor track. It wasn’t long before I got bored with that routine and decided to try a cardio kickboxing class. I loved it and it started getting easier to get myself out that door. I made a few new friends in the class and I began looking forward to seeing them. Feeling myself getting stronger motivated me even more.
Maybe you’ve already recognized a few of the ways that this relates to writing. I feel like the process is very similar for me. First, I need to get myself mentally prepared. Then, I have to force myself to take the time to do it. I also have to find an environment that promotes the process. For me this means relative quiet and coffee. After I’ve done this a couple of times I find that it becomes a routine that stimulates the writer in me. At this point, it doesn’t take much to get my imagination going and I begin seeing stories everywhere. Also, being around other people with the same interest in writing motivates me. I look forward to seeing them and I learn from them too. Just like with exercise, it’s accompanied by a feeling of accomplishment.
Is there a particular mindset, environment, routine, person, etc. that motivates you?