how I keep myself writing when I'm feeling uninspired

I’m not naturally inspired to regularly write something worth sharing.

I worry that my words aren’t worth recording. I doubt that I have anything helpful to offer. So I wait until the last minute to write, pushed by my commitment to publish something every week, and manage to produce…something. Some weeks I enjoy the process. Some weeks it’s simply a chore.

But why? I love writing! I can’t not write. So why do I struggle when it comes to this simple duty of blogging weekly?

It’s because I forget why I started blogging in the first place. I forget that I want to write things that serve my readers, that I want to help solve their problems, and that I want to do so regularly.

So how do I keep myself inspired to write? There are plenty of sources of inspiration, but these three keys have been the most helpful for me:

1. Take the focus off of yourself

2. Write about problems

3. Show up

I’ll explain each of these in detail in the next three articles that I publish.

I’ve been blogging at least once a week for over two years now. I’ve seen that showing up regularly has multiplied my inspiration, and I want even more. I want to give my readers more, I want to solve more problems, and I want to be more serious about showing up to write.

To be honest, I struggle to show up to write every day. I’m a writer, so I do write a lot, but when I’m only expected to publish once a week, I tend to procrastinate. Maybe I’ll write something, but it will likely be ramblings in my journal, or a random bit of poetry I have no intention of sharing publicly, or a vignette that makes little sense apart from a larger story that I may or may not ever get around to writing. There is a time for this sort of free writing, but too often I tend to use it as “productive procrastination.”

In order to motivate myself to deliver valuable content to my readers more consistently, I’m making two commitments to you:

First, I will publish twice a week to this blog. I will continue to share articles and inspirational posts (non-fiction) on Fridays, and on Mondays I will share short stories and poems (creative writing).

Second, I will be sharing my daily wordcount publicly {click here} as a way of seeking public accountability. I expect to write upwards of 1000 words six days a week. On the days marked “Sabbath” I may or may not write anything at all, but if I do it will be personal writing and I won’t be recording the word count. The Sabbath is set aside for rest, so I won’t be doing any writing work.

The 1000+ words I write each day may be poetry, fiction, or non-fiction. They may turn into blog posts, or they may turn into books!

In addition to writing new material, I’m currently working on taking some of the poems and short stories that I’ve written over the past couple of years and compiling them into a book. I haven’t set a publishing date yet, but I anticipate launching the book before the end of the year.

A writer may be a writer simply by writing, but is her writing doing any good if it is not shared? My stories and poems only come to life when they are read. I’m reminded of this when I crack open my usually-private files and share something with someone else. When I see what I’ve written touch a person in a meaningful way, it inspires me to write more.

This is the reason I’m pushing myself to publish more — on the blog, in books… in whatever way I find helps and encourages my readers.

In the past I have written for myself. This is all well and good, as it strengthened me as a writer and gave me healthy outlet to process my thoughts and emotions, but I’m ready for more. I’m not content to simply help myself. I’m ready to share my writing. Becoming more open and vulnerable is worth it if it means I can reach even one other person in a meaningful way.