How to tackle Creative Inertia


creative-inertiaWriting is one of those activities that we all put off. I can be guilty of it too. But as I’ve always depended on writing for a living, I’ve developed my own self-motivation strategy. Here are some of my tried and tested Good Writing Habits to keep you on track when procrastination beckons.

  1. Diary your writing sessions for one or two weeks ahead. Let these appointments be absolutely unchangeable.
  2. I like to write first thing in the morning – preferably at home and in my pyjamas. This is when I find my brain is still alert and uncluttered.
  3. Focus!!! Make up your mind you will do nothing else for a pre-specified time.
  4. Turn off phone and emails to minimise distractions.
  5. Allow yourself a five-minute break every 30 or 40 minutes to stretch, walk around or make a cuppa to keep mind and body fresh.
  6. Decide how you will tackle the task. Have a plan and don’t ‘faff’.
  7. Be accountable. Fix a time and date to share your work with a writing buddy. If you fail, you’ll be letting them down.
  8. Think of writing as a pleasure, not a discipline. Look forward to it.
  9. Join a writing group to help you make writing enjoyable and sociable. Find your nearest group through the National Association of Writing Groups website
  10. Write for money if you possibly can. Nothing beats the confidence boost and incentive of cash!

Finally, if you are writing your life experiences, remember this is your project. You can write about whatever you like, in your style and whatever length you like. It doesn’t have to be the length of War and Peace. It doesn’t have to be the standard of William Shakespeare or in the style of Ernest Hemingway. Your family and friends would rather read something short and sweet that you’ve enjoyed writing than see you abandon your project because you couldn’t achieve the high standards you set for yourself