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How to Get in the Writing Mood FAST (5 Simple Ways to Ignite Creativity)

Updated: Apr 8, 2023


Have you ever been so inspired to write and immersed in your fictional world that the real world just faded away? On the other hand, have you ever been so unmotivated and discouraged with writing that all you wanted to do was shut your laptop and run away? Yeah, I've been there. Both of those places. That's why in today's post, I'm going to be sharing FIVE METHODS that I use daily to get myself excited about my writing projects and enter into a creative headspace.



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1 | ROMANTICIZE YOUR STORY

Now, I don't mean add romance to your story (while that's certainly an option). What I mean is to immerse yourself in your writing project and get excited about it again. The goal is to make your book feel as real, vivid, and movie-like as possible. Here are a few ways I like to romanticize my story:


VISUAL AESTHETICS

1) Compile images and quotes to make aesthetic boards on Pinterest or MilaNote.

2) Make graphics and collages on Canva or another graphic design site.

3) Do character art or sketch specific scenes in your story.

4) Use Inkarnate or another map-making software to create maps and world-building visuals.

5) Organize your writing software and add aesthetic visuals to it if possible.


SOUNDS

1) Playlists. Seriously, make a playlist for your story, or listen to one that matches the mood. You can access all my pre-made writing playlists here.

2) Look up ambience sounds that match the mood of the scene you're writing. You can find them on YouTube, Spotify, or make them yourself on AmbientMixer. 😉


ACTING OUT SCENES

1) Try rehearsing dialogue by yourself in front of the mirror.

2) Act out fight scenes (or really any scene) to get in the mindset of the characters.


SIDE NOTE that it is really easy to get carried away with these resources (*cough cough* definitely something I haven't done), so make sure you're using these tools to help you focus, not get distracted. 😉

Image of book pages in the shape of a heart


2 | BUILD HABITS

This is one of my favorite secret weapons for getting in the writing mood. Habits are powerful; and I've found that building consistent, healthy routines before I sit down to write greatly increases my motivation as well as my focus.


My pre-writing routine usually looks something like this:

1) Stretch or take a walk outside.

2) Make a cup of tea.

3) Pray and meditate.

4) Find writing music and block out distractions.


Doing the same things before we write builds consistency and will eventually create "triggers" in our brains.


For example, during NaNoWriMo, I mainly drank a specific flavor of tea (pumpkin, in case you were wondering). I didn't drink that tea for a while (because I ran out), and it was months before I bought that specific kind again. The next time I made it, my brain immediately went, "Oh! Let's go write!", and I felt so excited and inspired to write my book.


What are some regular habits that you can incorporate into your writing process? Do you write in the same place every time? Or do you always exercise first? Figure out what works best for you, and start making it a consistent routine!

Image of a stack of books with a tea cup, macaroons, and eye glasses


3 | PRACTICE MEDITATION

This doesn't have to be a weird, religious thing. Meditation is simply a way to clear the mind of unnecessary mental clutter and discover focus and creativity.


I usually write in the afternoon, and by then, I'm exhausted from all that I did during the day. Meditation has allowed me to restore my mind to a calm, relaxed, and renewed state. Nothing is more difficult than trying to write when my brain is in a million other places. I lose motivation, and I'm more prone to writer's block and distractions. Not fun, right?


Meditation can come in a lot of different forms. For me, it usually looks something like taking a few minutes to take deep breaths while I pray, repeat a quote or a Bible verse, listen to positive affirmations, or soak in the silence.



4 | ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS

This step is vital because distractions are the enemy of focus, and we need focus to stay in the writing zone. By eliminating the things that divide our attention, we are being intentional and showing respect for our craft.


There are definitely distractions that we can't always control (such as relational or life situations), but there are still many things we can do to prioritize our writing time and creative health. Eliminate what you can, while showing kindness and consideration for those around you.


Take some time to think about the things that are most distracting for you. Is it your writing space? Is it continuous interruptions from family members? Is it the internet? (It's the latter for me.🤪)


Once you've identified the distractions you have control over, start searching for ways to combat them. Turn off your internet or install an app blocker. Upgrade your writing space or write in a different place, if possible. Have an honest (and respectful) conversation with your family members about how distracting interruptions are.


Take the time and intention to clear away distractions BEFORE you write. You will be so glad you did, trust me.

Image of an open book with roses


5 | CREATE A PRODUCTIVE WRITING SPACE

Not every writing space is going to be ideal, and that's okay. But just because your writing space may not be the best, doesn't mean you can't make it an enjoyable place to be in. Even if you can't keep your decor there permanently (I write at the desk in my family's living room, so this is the reality for me), bring in elements that can be easily moved around.


Get creative with your space, and surround yourself with things that inspire you! Keep your desk area clean. Light some candles and have them around. Consider bringing in an oil diffuser, plants, or little aesthetics that remind you of your story. The possibilities are endless!

Image of a desk and laptop




LET'S TALK

What gets you in the writing mood? Have you ever tried meditating before working on your story? What are some of your regular writing habits? What's your BIGGEST distraction when you write? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!




Now go change the world,

-Ava



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11 commentaires


Issabelle Perry
Issabelle Perry
05 avr. 2023

Ooo this was an EPIC post, Ava!!! I 100% second all of these tips! Many of them have helped me SO much to wrap my head around my story or get excited to write. I love "romanticizing" my story, but yeah, like you said... I may or may not tend to spend more time "romanticizing" than "writing"... *awkward cough* XD And the finding something to "trigger" your mind into writing tip has been so helpful for me!! I love your pumpkin tea story, too. <33 I had accidentally trained my brain to get "triggered" into writing whenever Skillet music is playing because when I first got into the band, I was listening to it all the time, even when I…

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
07 avr. 2023
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Aww, Is, you are so sweet!!! Thank you so much!! Oh, I love that!! XD That is so cool! Skillet is awesome. I always get so excited to write epic scenes in my book whenever I listen to them. 😂Although, I can never listen to lyrics while I'm actually writing because it distracts me, haha. Thank you so much for reading, girl! <333

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Autumn Rebecca
Autumn Rebecca
05 avr. 2023

As always, this is an amazing post with great tips! ❤️ My biggest distraction is probably text messages.

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
07 avr. 2023
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Thank you so much, Autumn! I'm glad it could help you.😊 Ah, yes, that's definitely been a distraction for me as well. <3

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Lillian Keith
Lillian Keith
31 mars 2023

Thanks for the tips, Ava! Lol, you're not alone in getting distracted by the internet/story resources XD. I've heard a bit about Incarnate! How does it work?

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Lillian Keith
Lillian Keith
07 avr. 2023
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Okay, thanks for letting me know! I can't wait to check it out *pulls out new browser tab from under twenty writing tip sites* Yeah...there's a lot going on with my browser XD.

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I love this post! So helpful! The tea thing for you during NaNo is the same for me, except I constantly drank homemade raspberry lemonade and pretzels while I wrote my first novel last year. So whenever I have it, I'm like 'I NEED TO GO WRITE RIGHT NOW.' XDXD I love all your tips for romanticizing your story - I hadn't thought of doing that before. I start drafting on Monday so this came at the perfect time. Awesome post, Ava! <33

~ Pearl @ pearlchristine.com

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
03 avr. 2023
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Thank you so much, Pearl!!🥰 Ah, yes, so it's the same for you! It's amazing how that works! Aww, I'm so glad this was helpful for you. Best of luck with the drafting process - that's so exciting! <333

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