If you plan to write the greatest piece of work you have ever written you will need a lot of motivation to get started. If, however, you say to yourself “I am going to just write any old thing and then chuck it in the bin straight after I have finished it” then you will find you can start writing straight away.
Once you have started writing words down on the page you will find it easier to continue. It’s like riding a bike; once you have the momentum and are moving it is easier to keep balance and move forward.
How Do You Get Inspiration?
It is hard to get inspiration from looking at a blank page. Inspiration will come from doing research in your books subject. Spend a set time researching. This is like filling your mind with the raw materials so that you can produce your finished product. A sausage machine won’t make sausages unless you put the meat in first.
Research as if you are just doing it for fun or out of your own personal interest. If you do this you will relax and enjoy the process more, which will lead to being more productive.
How Much Should I Write In Each Session?
If you sit down with the goal of writing for eight hours solid, there is a good chance you will never start. Some may be able to do this, but not all. It is all about knowing yourself.
I like to spend an hour doing research and then one hour writing. This keeps the interest alive, and breaks the writing up.