So you want to write.
You’ve got plenty of ideas.
But, you just can’t start.
(Or perhaps you can start writing, but then you quickly run out of steam and can’t get going again.)
I get it.
Several years ago, I decided to enter a flash fiction competition. I spent two months writing a three-hundred word story.
(Yes, that’s an insane amount of time to devote to a small piece of writing.)
I had entered this competition several times during the past few years, and I was convinced I had a good story, that I knew what the judges wanted.
I was full of it.
I didn’t win but… I was delighted to find my story was short-listed.
Then, I faced a problem.
I didn’t want to sit down and write anything new, and even though I had some ideas, I couldn’t start.
I wasn’t motivated to write.
If this has ever happened to you, don’t worry.
The backstories of successful writers and creative people are filled with early risers, night owls and craftsmen and women who all felt demotivated at some point in their careers.
Here are five ways you can get motivated to write: