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Don't Wanna's.

I have a bad case of the "don't wanna's" - as in I don't wanna write. I don't wanna work on this contract. I think it is the hold over from being interrupted by RadCon and looking forward to the Rainforest Village Writers Retreat. (I am so going to be there early. I don't like driving unknown places in the dark.)

So, give me your best motivational tool to fight the "don't wanna's". I'll collect them all and repost them in one big post. But, right now, I could use some hints and tricks. My tried-and-true techniques are not working.


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Feb. 21st, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
If I'm feeling hale, a fresh dose of coffee+chocolate/sugar to hype me up.

Or sometimes the only time I can get through things when motivation is gone is to stay up until I'm a touch loopy.

Sometimes, though, it's just DO. Ass In Chair. If you must, kill distractions (kill your internet). There's programs that will do this for you, or programs that will just blank out everything but your writing...
Feb. 21st, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, if I give myself a small goal to reach, like "just that one paragraph", and then tell myself I can do whatever it is I DO want to do when I'm done, it will get me over that hump. Usually, I'll get more done than what was necessary for the goal. And if not, at least I got a little something done, so the guilt is not quite as overwhelming as it would be if I hadn't worked on it at all.
Feb. 21st, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend what cartazon suggests, I can 'trick' myself into writing "only 300 words" and end up writing the page or two I wanted.
Also, I remind myself that if I ever want to be more than a wannabe I gotta work i.e. Steven King's quote that "Talent is as common as table salt what separates the published from the unpublished is a lot of work" kicks me in my @ss and gets me moving. lol
Feb. 21st, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I can't just sit down and force it out. For me it is a lack of interest or joy. I put the project aside and do something that may interest me. Maybe I'll read, watch something off the DVR, go for walk, or go fishing. Once that interest, distraction, enjoyment, whatever you might call it kicks on, my creative spark usually kicks on as well. I will inevitably start thinking about the writing, with interest. It's funny, I'm always amazed when that first idea comes tumbling in, and then it's like an avalanche.
Feb. 21st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
write about writing [grin] I mean the process of it, for you. What happens when it's at its most joyous and passionate for you.

And then go and recreate that...
Feb. 21st, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
I can't personally relate on writing, but when I don't want to exercise or run, I remember hard that it brings a deep sense of satisfaction when I'm done with a session. Honestly, most times will start out incredibly daunting and monolithic, but I always eventually go in knowing that if I just do it and put the hammer down, by the halfway point, I'll often be having to talk myself OUT of taking extra long routes so that I don't overdo it in the long term.

Just do it, and it'll bring you joy. The only thing you need is momentum, which no one can give you but you.
Feb. 21st, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I have the dontwannas right now too.

There's your motivation. You have to beat me to a stellar career. Quick, kick me while I'm down!
Feb. 21st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I find that the don't wannas are a hint. I take a day off, read some, maybe look at art or watch tv or a movie. I give it a day, maybe two, so out and get some inspiration. If that doesn't work then I lower my word count to the "anything is better than nothing" range and work it back up day by day or week by week.
Feb. 21st, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I know what's going to happen if I don't attack what I'm supposed to attack.

But, I also know what's going to happen if I do get up and go from start to finish. (I might not know the particulars, but I know the end point. It's human magic to create the process.)

And I know the difference between the two.

Having accepted all those, I almost put them all aside ask myself if I want to see it.

Most of the time I say yes to this. It's here where I get up.

(Some of the time I get to the point where I see that it's going to be no more than a trial run, eventhough I've gotten up and done actual work. So I have to chalk it up to preparation, and proceed from the new/actual starting point, putting everything I've already done before then. This isn't a risk, it's just additional process.)

It's just a mental procedure.

Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
I don't wanna for me is pretty awful. It comes with a side order of anxiety.

I put on some clothes that make me feel in the mood to kick ass (I cannot be productive in jammies. Funny, huh?) and throw music on. I work better off by myself, not around everyone else. So I isolate a little too. Throw my music on, put my work up on screen, and get the $#@! to it. I remind myself that in the end, getting this done makes me a bad ass, and leaving it undone makes me...well, not a bad-ass.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Music! I put on whatever turns me on, and turn it way, way up. Reading works too, but usually it has to be something I particularly idolize when I'm in a bad, bad don't wanna funk.

I like the exercise suggestion too, actually. But I watch TV a lot of times when I'm working out, and that tends to kill it-- but sometimes it just knocks something loose.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
The only one I have is one that you can't really use in my form, but it might work with something else.

"When I get [insert count here] words, I will allow myself one of my special cigarettes."

This could work with something that would be along those lines for you.
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