Motivation Mash-Up

September 12, 2017

Today is motivation mash-up here at Adventures Yet Unwritten. I decided to do a little research but not the type of research I usually do for my historical writing. This type of research is all about keeping me going with my writing goals.

Sometimes doing a small simple thing like taking a nap can bring all of the good writing juices back, but other times it’s not as simple as that, and one needs more ideas of how to stay focused without losing the joy for the craft. So, I have put together a list of five blog post that I found to be very helpful in bringing back the muse when she is nowhere to be found.

In Writer’s Relief I found this extensive and very helpful list of resources. It includes everything from words of encouragement to finding what may be holding you back. You can even find tips here for how to succeed at NaNoWrimo.

Motivation, Encouragement, And Inspiration For Writers

In Write to Done, James Chartrand writes about “How to Find Your Daily Writing Motivation.” In this article, he explains that when developing new “good” habits, such as writing, one needs to have a reward in order for the habit to became permanent. Make sure to check out his article. I personally found it very interesting and enlightening.

How to Find Your Daily Writing Motivation

And we wouldn’t be talking about writing if I didn’t mention the Writer’s Digest blog. Those people have really got something going there. You can find almost anything writing related on their website. In this particular article, Jessica Strawser talks about “9 Ways to Get Started and Stay Motivated.” I highly recommend it, especially if you are starting a brand new project or if you need to pound out that first draft.

9 Ways to Get Started & Stay Motivated

 

Now on to Fiction Factor. In this article by Lee Masterson titled “How to Stay Motivated with Your Writing.” You can find five very simple tips on how to restart you mind and continue with your project.

And there is an article in Forbes, “How to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything”, by Suzanne Gerber. It basically teaches Motivation 101, not only for writing, but for anything you wish to accomplish. It talks about setting goals and how to achieve them, visualization, braking things into smaller chunks, and a whole bunch of useful advice.

There you have it. These are just a few of the resources out there. You can find tons more online. I just didn’t want to overwhelm anybody with too much information at once. That’s why I embarked in the difficult task of choosing only five.

What are some techniques that help you to stay motivated until your manuscript is ready or to complete other projects?

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