- By Joan Clout-Kruse
- Published 05/9/2008
Here is a list of some activities that can help you stay motivated while writing your great book. Create some of your own. 1. Surround yourself with enthusiastic people with a positive attitude. Phone them when you need to be uplifted. Or send them an email and ask for their enthusiastic encouragement. 2. Your favorite music. It should be soft, easy listening, classical, upbeat, or some type of music that doesn’t distract you from writing. 3. A well-organized, clean work area. Un-clutter your desk and you will un-clutter your writing life. If you are a natural disorderly person and insist that you can’t work any other way, then, okay, that is you. Be sure to evaluate and assure yourself that your cluttered work area is really working for you. 4. Develop a plan for your book. Create a Table of Contents and you will know where you are going. You are less apt to get stuck when you write your book.
5. Limit distractions as much as possible. It means that dogs, cats, children, doorbells, phones, etc., must be avoided during your writing time. Even loved ones and friends mus
t honor your writing time. Make an agreement to be with them after your SCHEDULED writing time is done. 6. Attend a Writers Retreat. You will be with others who are writing a book. You will motivate each other, get some terrific ideas to help you write and publish your book, and gain some new friends. Writers Retreats are a great way to boost your motivation and get the book done. 7. Get in The Zone – The Ultimate Energy Booster Once all the “motivating factors” are in place there is no stopping you from your writing endeavor. You can do it. When we have enthusiasm while writing, we are in The Zone. We have positive energy, which is actually a feeling of mild ecstasy. And when we have this feeling, we can do anything. We feel like a super hero. We have supreme confidence in our abilities and are totally immersed in what we are doing. We have to write during this time. We have total concentration and we speed through anything that gets in our way. Write passionately about the things you love – something you believe with all your heart and soul. That is how you keep your enthusiasm. That is how to stay motivated.
Copyright 2008, Joan Clout-Kruse.