What do you do when most of your dreams and goals in life have been accomplished, and you have to set new goals for yourself? How do you push yourself to go harder and to go even further outside of your comfort zone in order to achieve greater things, when you’re still so afraid of failure? How do you do all this when you feel uninspired, unmotivated, and stagnant in your life and with your creative writing process? I’ve been pondering all of these questions lately because I’ve been feeling uninspired, unmotivated, and stagnant in my life and with my creative writing process lately. In the last 10 years, I’ve earned 3 degrees, self-published a poetry book, and had many online and print articles published by companies and or websites. However, all of that success came to an halt last May when I earned my third and final degree:a masters in Creative Writing. At first, I was relieved I had nothing else to strive for because I was burned out and exhausted mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, and physically. Then, I was left with the question of where and what to do from that point on out (I’m still here), because I had shattered so many of my personal goals, glass ceilings, expectations of me, and familial generational curses. Yet, around January of last year, I started to want to achieve great things again, and started to wonder what those great things would be. Today, I still don’t know where to go from here, but I have a plan, and I’m figuring out what those future great things I’ll do will be and how to get there day by day. I also don’t know how to inspire and motivate myself creatively again yet, but I’ll figure it out along the way like I always do. While I do that, if any of you feel the same way I do, below are some tips on how to motivate and inspire yourself again when you’re feeling stagnant in your creative writing process. Enjoy, and Happy May!
1. Set a daily word count goal. Make sure you write something every day, and aim for a set word count. It doesn’t have to be the same amount of words every day, but following this tip will help you stay motivated in your writing when you feel stuck.
2. Write in the same environment and place every day. Your environment greatly affects your productivity levels, so choose solitary environments that will help you focus.
3. Don’t give up! Sometimes, no matter what you do, you’ll still feel stuck, unmotivated, and uninspired in your writing, because life will get in the way, or you’ll just reach a dead end in your writing. Don’t quit though. Keep going, and keep trying! No writer ever feels like writing all the time!!!