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How do you write when you're not in the mood?

Discussion in 'Copywriting' started by Spoiltdiva, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. bojan92

    bojan92 Guest

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    #441
    What i usually do is find my happy place. At the end of the day you have to be mentally really strong to be able to write stuff when you are not feeling like it. You buckle up get cheerful get in the mood and start going. I am not writer myself but i do have some friends who have writing as their main profession. If you are doing it seriously it is not an easy job to have.
    SEMrush
     
    bojan92, Nov 5, 2015 IP
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  2. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    Oddly enough as true as your comment is, few on this thread have touched on this. Yes one needs to train oneself to be mentally strong. Discipline to write quality when not into it. (not being the mood)
     
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    #443
    It will depend why you do writing and what do you focus on. If you right about interesting things and staff that excite you and you are passionate about them, I dont think you can ever get bored. maybe getting tired which is a nature in every human. but when i am tired, I just watch funny clips and some movies in PC. thank you
     
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    rsrikanth05 Well-Known Member

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    #444
    I take a break from whatever it is tht I'm doing. Go for a walk, read something interesting. Talk to someone.
     
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    Downloadfeast Greenhorn

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    #445
    My small tips,

    Just think about when you start writing your first article.
    Your mistakes, your imagination, your willingness, your craziness, your courage, your satisfaction, your doubts about how people will react for your article. and thats' enough to change your mind to write an excellent article again..
     
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  6. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #446
    @kimanierick
    If you are among those who never get bored when writing then you are among the few. Consider yourself lucky.
    @rsrikanth05
    Taking a break is good advice but not always practical when you have a deadline to meet, and the client is breathing down your neck wanting the content yesterday.
    @Downloadfeast
    Thinking about how one was when starting out could motivate some. As to me it would only serve to discourage me. Truth be told I made more than my fair share of mistakes and would just as soon forget the past.
     
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    #447
    I find it difficult to come up with great ideas when I'm in a bad mood. So I just listen to music to return to normal state before doing any writing.
     
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    #448
    it is not luck, I have just learnt not to get bored when doing something that I love passionately.
     
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    rsrikanth05 Well-Known Member

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    #449
    Agreed, it is indeed difficult to take a break when you have a deadline, but taking a break and motivating yourself is better than wasting your time trying to write when you know you cannot.
     
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  10. Spoiltdiva

    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #450
    Music does relax me and takes me away from whatever mood I've gotten myself into, so useful in that regard. But if I'm writing something technical then I find music distracting and it puts me off.
     
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    Same here.. I listen to music while I'm away from laptop.. Normally I walk around the house with headphones on. Once I'm done I return back to work. Btw this happens only when I'm in a very bad mood.
     
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    Linda March Peon

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    #452
    If I'm not in the mood that day for writing, I prefer not to write anything that to write something that is not good. I have days when I am inspired an write a lot of articles, but there are some days in which i can't write more than two or three phrases before having to draft it and come back in another day.
     
    Linda March, Nov 10, 2015 IP
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    #453
    I have changed over the years: initially, when I was struggling with writer's block, I would listen to music (movie trailers, musical scores, etc.). Now, I find that do a quick five minute round of meditation to clear out the negativity and mental block that I am feeling. I cannot recommend it enough. Another resource that I found that really aided me with pushing through not wanting to write is Stephen Pressfield's book The War of Art.

    Seriously, go buy that book or rent it from your local library. I love it.
     
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    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    #454
    I have done exactly this on many occasions and have had to pay for it the next day by having to write twice as much!:(
    @Rhett T
    Meditation works if you are in a peaceful environment but I seldom am and often find myself surrounded by distractions of one sort or another.
     
    Spoiltdiva, Nov 12, 2015 IP
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    Rhett T Member

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    #455
    I would disagree; life itself is a distraction, and learning to be able to find stillness and self awareness wherever you are is the aim, in one shape or another. There will always be dogs barking, doors slamming, and children playing or crying, am I right? :)

    Regardless, if it doesn't work for you, no worries! I think finding what works for each of us to keep focus and writing in spite of roadblocks to be another journey many of us who choose this path as a living.
     
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    #456
    For me, music works fine
     
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    #457
    Yes, that's the thing, I do have days when I can double or triple my writing effort with ease. Maybe is just a style that I used because I didn't have enough time for writing in college and that stuck with me.
     
    Linda March, Nov 15, 2015 IP
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    Spoiltdiva Prominent Member

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    @dragansk
    If music is all you need then you are fortunate.
    @Linda March
    I am exactly the same way. There are days when I can't accomplish very much, other days I am like the energizer bunny and it amazes me what I can do in say 8-10 hours.
     
    Spoiltdiva, Nov 17, 2015 IP
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    Linda March Peon

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    Ha.. energizer bunny. That's funny :D

    I work for 6-10 hours usually, in 20-40 minutes work time with 5-10 minutes break. This way I can accomplish more in a good day.
     
    Linda March, Nov 17, 2015 IP
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    #460
    This is a great post with some really useful tips in it. I find I have to have music on in the background. I tend to tune it out and it ends up as background noise, but it still has to be there. But sometimes I'll start hearing the music and I'll sit there and think "What IS this cr&p I'm listening too?" and at that point I have to change to a differently style of music. Generally I start with something up beat and work my way down until I'm listening to something completely chillout and mellow (space travel works well for me). By the time I'm at that stage though, I've finished the article and I'm just tidying it up. Although, procrastination is a BIG issue for me. Hopefully this post will help :)
     
    FoxIX, Jan 5, 2016 IP