This was meant to provide motivation, but honestly, this is more of a list of ways to make sure you get it done, rather than make yourself “motivated”. Either way, this should benefit you somehow.
In the words of Chuck Wendig, “do not fucking multitask”. Carve out a specific time to write and use it to write. Don’t try to simultaneously write and tweet and check your email. Whether it be 15 minutes or 2 hours, write, and only write.
Take breaks occasionally. You can’t just sit there and fog up your creative lens. Go outside and go for a walk. Go to coffee with your friends for an hour. Do something to relax your brain for a while. It’s the same with studying. Don’t drive yourself up the wall because you feel you’re “on a roll”. Your ideas and plans will still be there when you get back. If you begin to get frustrated or your foot starts to fall asleep, take a break.
Use a rewards system. Say, for every 100 words, you get a piece of chocolate. After eating a regular sized Hershey’s bar, you’ve got 1200 words. Go you! (I personally fine this incredibly useful.)
Have people you trust hold you accountable. Have your best friend (or partner, if you’ve got one) check in when they know you should be writing to make sure you did.
Read books like a writer. Read a shitty book and pick it apart to find what you don’t like about it. Read a good book to find what you do like. Use these reflections and apply them to your own work. Nothing helps quite like learning from other people’s mistakes and success.
Don’t get stuck in the planning stages. You may get really excited while planning a story, that huge plot twist, a minor character’s backstory, etc, but keep in mind that at some point you’re going to have to sit down and hash it out. A lot of promising writers never get past the planning stages, so in the words of my very wise boyfriend: “Just write”.
Write in places that make your creative juices flow. Get cozy in bed with your laptop open to a word document, light a few candles, make some tea, get that incense going, and write. Music really helps to get in the mood as well, and if you would like to take a look at my writing playlist, here it is, free for public consumption.
Keep your mind open to new ideas and changes to your story. Your idea will develop and evolve over time, and the beauty of writing is that you can change anything you want and there are no consequences. If you decide to completely scrap a character, remove a subplot, add one in, or change the plot but keep the same characters, you’re totally free to do so. Nothing about writing is set in stone, so stay open minded to new concepts and changes and, most importantly, criticism. (I won’t elaborate on this because I might end up making a whole other post about this topic in the future.)
As always, this is just a compilation of the tips and tricks I’ve found the most useful in my own experience. They may not help, they may help a lot, it really could go either way or somewhere in between, but all the same, I hope this proves useful to you.
Go out and buy a bag of birthday candles. They come in lots of colors and you can get a bunch of them for really cheap. Also, you can melt them and layer the wax of various colors in a container/bottle to make your own candle. Just tie together the wicks that were inside them and there ya go. New candle. Ultra cheap. Heck yeah.
• Harvested acorn shells
• Wax bits from old candles
• Old incense stick bottoms
• Lavander flower (optional)
》 Melt the wax (wax burner or old tin can and an old pot full of water on the stove works well for this), pour into shells, stick the wicks in and blow softly for a few seconds… wax will harden and the candle is done! Repeat for as many as you’d like to make!
☆ These candles are wonderful for small or short spells AND they float on water which makes them extra fun! Enjoy! ☆
Samhain is the celebration of the final harvest and the honoring of the deceased that is celebrated on October 31st.
👻 Hold a dumb supper to honor the deceased. Invite your family to join and honor your loved ones who are gone. 👻 Make an altar, offering, prayer, or something special to honor the deceased or to honor the holiday 👻 Prepare for the winter by stocking up on herbs and powders and throw away old, unusable tools 👻 Decorate in red and black colors, pumpkins, cornstalks, apples, and candles around the house and on an altar 👻 Visit and tend to the graves of relatives 👻 Now is the ideal time to do any spirit work as the veil is exceptionally thin 👻 Do a divination reading to gather insight for the upcoming months 👻 Make a bonfire and share stories of late loved ones with your family and friends 👻 Take the time to embrace nature before winter wilts the plants 👻 Harvest any herbs or goods from plants and properly store them away or use them in a spell 👻 Now is a great time to do reflection on the self spells, spirit communication, and change spells 👻 Write in your grimoire or book of shadows and write down your magical goals that you want to achieve by the end of the year 👻 Dress up in costumes and have fun with friends! Enchant some of the clothing to make the night more fun! 👻 Do some crafts, such as carving pumpkins, making witch ladders, and making candles in cauldrons 👻 Make food for your friends and family and bless the food with their consent for good health and luck for the rest of the year
👻 Play with an ouija board with friends or use a pendulum by yourself to talk with spirits