Posted by: nancyisanders | September 3, 2010


One of the major issues we face as writers is self-motivation. It’s easy to let hours and days and weeks go by without writing a single word.

As a writer, if we don’t push ourselves to write, nobody else will do it for us.

The key is self-motivation.

And the key to self-motivation is exploring and discovering what motivates you! So how about it? Ready for an adventure? Take some time this holiday weekend and start of the school year to get to know yourself as a writer. Discover what motivates you and then learn to maximize this into accomplishing great things through writing that you’ve only dreamed of before.

Here are some ideas to jumpstart your adventure:

Are you goal oriented? Learn to stop each week, nail down a solid writing goal for the week ahead, determine a personal reward if you meet that goal, and then charge forward and write.

Are you someone who works best alongside someone else? Grab a writing buddy and work on a writing project together as co-authors. It’s great for inspiration and accountability.

Do you need accountability and outside pressure to motivate you as you write? Send out multiple queries to try to land an assignment, contract, and deadline. Once you do, mark that deadline on your calendar and write to meet it on time.

What motivates you? Figure it out, maximize it for your writing, and you’ll be on your way to success.

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