Writing a book or building a writing career is all about getting motivated... and staying
These articles will help you stay on track.
- How to Motivate Yourself to Write
There's nothing like the feeling of starting to write a brand new story. You are SO motivated! This initial feeling of excitement can last for weeks...then the wheels fall off. One day you turn on the computer and instead of having fun writing the next scene, you find that (shudder) it feels more like WORK...
- Overcoming Procrastination
For a writer, there's not much worse than forcing yourself to sit in front of the computer when you're just not in the mood to write - especially if this goes on day after day. It's important to attack this "I just don't want to write" mood head on, before it gets to be a real problem.
- Writing for the Joy of It
Most writers start out full of joy and anticipation. They love to write, and they're keen to write as much as possible. Then... disappointment sets in. The craft is harder to master than they'd expected, or too many rejections cause disillusionment. That's when it's time to find the joy of writing again...
- A Writer's Personal Cheer Squad
All writers needs someone who believes in them. Someone who encourages, supports, commiserates and really cares about them. If you don't have your own personal cheer squad - it's time to start looking.
- 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Writing Day
You may be the kind of writer that needs to ease into your day's output. Rather than sit there staring at a blank screen, try one of these 6 ways to jump-start your writing day.
- Overwhelmed? Try the Red Zone Tactic
Desperate to get organized? If to-do lists and diary notes don't work for you, maybe the "Red Zone Tactic" will! Here's a great system for anyone who can't see the desk for the paper, and isn't into computer-based organizers.
- Permission NOT to Write
Once you tell people you're a writer (or even admit it to yourself) it's all too easy to feel that now you HAVE to write. Well, guess what? You can take a break - or make it permanent. You have to do what feels right for you.
- New Year Resolutions for Writers
Sometimes it seems pointless even trying to make New Year Resolutions - does anybody ever keep them? The short answer is 'yes - if they're the right kind'. Here's how to make New Year Resolutions that you're more likely to keep, and so have the pleasure of seeing your writing career surge ahead.
- 10 Ways to Shatter Writer's Block
Are you coming up blank yet again when you sit down to write? Work your way through these strategies. You'll either solve your problem... or decide to go and find a job that's more 'you'!
- Devious Tricks to Get That Book Written
It's time to be devious. No more Mr Nice Guy. No more reluctantly agreeing to do yet another task while grinding your teeth and picturing dolls with pins stuck in them. No, it's war. That book has to get written. White lies (or even big ugly black ones) are entirely permissible...
- When You Feel Like Giving Up
I am sure that most of us have felt as though not a single word of what we have written is worthwhile. I am sure that many of us have been disappointed - and unsupported - by a writers' group that is not a good "fit" for us. I am sure that we have all felt, at times, completely alone. So what is the cure? How do writers cope? How do they keep going, week after week, year after year? What makes people pick themselves up and carry on?
- Writers Block - Or Procrastination
You've probably read a lot about writer's block. So you'll know that it's a touchy subject with some people. In fact, for those who don't believe any such thing exists, it's like waving a red rag at a bull.
- Writers Block or Depression
All writers have been there: those days when you sit at the computer and nothing will come. You're feeling low... This goes on for weeks... and you start to worry. Is this writer's block, or the beginning of depression?