I really love writing, mainly screenwriting. I can also come up with ideas and start writing. But there is one problem, I just start writing them and never take up the work again. What do you do to keep youself motivated and get back into writing a certain story? Are there any tricks?
I cannot recommend The War of Art by Steven Pressfield highly enough for this very struggle. The whole book is about finding the motivation to finish the creative projects you start. It's marketed to all creative types but written by a novelist, so many of the examples and insights are specifically catered to writers. You can very likely get it at your local library. I got an ebook.
Outside the scope of that book, one thing I find really helpful personally is to immerse myself in a bunch of different creative works. Novels (expand your genres!), poetry, good movies, songs, etc. Also, getting outside and being in nature really helps get my creative juices flowing. The more beauty you find in the world the more you will be inspired to make something beautiful.
Probably Indicates Belief of How Good It Is
Your own mind may be trying to tell you something -- though it may be a lie. Your own mind may be trying to tell you that it doesn't believe that the story is "good enough".
Malarkey and Bunk, You Say You might believe that viewpoint is not correct. Here's a little test to determine if that is true for yourself. For the test to work you have to take a moment and imagine this really happening. Okay, ready...let's go.
Publisher Read Your Draft, Wants Entire Story
Imagine that you posted a partial draft of chapter 1 of your fiction on a blog. The acquisitions editor of SuperBig Publishing stumbled upon it and loves it. You receive the following email:
My name is Jon Jonsmith of SuperBig Publishing and I love your fantastic writing (squee).
However, there isn't enough of it. I need the entire book.
Would you please consider finishing the book in the next 3 months. If you will sign an agreement to finish the book, I'll forward you a check for $10,000 advance immediately so you can start writing. Don't worry about it being great, because your author's voice is fantastic so you have no worries there. Just write 300 pages and I'm happy.
Love always, SuperBig Acquisitions editor, Jon Jonsmith
Really consider that.
Could you now write 300 pages of the story that you stopped writing before?
The Motivations Are Obvious Now
Now, your mind has obvious motivations:
- someone loves your writing
Can You Tell Why Your Mind Believes It Isn't Good Enough
So, now we're back to the original thing. If you could write the story with the two aforementioned motivations, then why can't you write the story without those two motivations?
Is Your Mind Trying To Save You?
Is it because you yourself don't even believe in the project? If the answer is yes, then it is best that you do stop writing that story because if you don't like it then there is no chance of anyone else ever liking it.
If that is true, your mind has saved you from working on a bad project.
If It Isn't True?
If it is a great project then why aren't you writing your project right now?
That is a much deeper thing, isn't it? It may be that you just don't like sitting alone writing.
Here's a book that can really help with that: Amazon link to Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande
However, if your not writing simply because you fear you won't write the story well, then you are in a great place. Learn to write well, by writing this story as best you can and editing it. This is how you become a writer: hard work.
The most instructive book I ever read on writing skills is: amazon link to Make Your Words Work by Gary Provost