8 Tips to Kick Start Your Writing

Written By: Jackie Weger - Apr• 23•18

 

eNovel welcomes this guest post from super star, sweet romance author Donna Fasano who produces new works consistently. Read all about Donna here.

8 Tips To Kick Start Your Motivation

Even the King of Just-Do-It, Tony Robbins, must have days where he feels unmotivated. It’s only natural to find yourself in a slump now and then—suffering through days where you just don’t feel like doing anything productive, or anything at all for that matter. If you find yourself feeling this way, take heart. You’re not alone. I’ve felt the same way. I have found that, if I allow one day to pass where I don’t write, it easily turns into two, and then three. But I have discovered a few ways to kick-start my motivation. I hope these suggestions help you get off your duff and get moving in the right direction.

Persistence really is key to being productive.

  1. Stir Your Inspiration– The best way I have found to find inspiration as a writer is to read good books. When I get lost in a great story, I always find myself wanting to create stories and characters of my own. Reading good books is never a waste of time for writers.
  2. Daydream– As a writer, I spend a lot of time in my head, visiting my characters, my plot, my story location. Daydreaming about your book is a wonderful way to churn up the kind of excitement you need to finish that first draft.
  3. Make Lists– I don’t know about you, but I am always more productive when I make a To-Do List and check off the items as I accomplish each goal or task.
  4. Find Support– Finding a group of like-minded authors that you trust is important when you’re in need of motivation. Challenge each other to reach the day’s goals and hold each other accountable. Taking a razzing from your author friends might be the push you need to get those pages written.
  5. Keep Your Duff in the Chair– I have found this is half the battle. If I force myself to sit at my desk, even if I’m not feeling motivated, I will eventually begin to write.
  6. Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time– Break any chore down into small jobs. Don’t say, “I’m going to write a chapter.” Don’t even say, “I’m going to write a scene.” Do say, “I’m going to write one page.” Once you write that one page, you can build on that small success and confidently dive into the second. This works! Try it.
  7. Focus on the Goal, not the Difficulty– Become very aware of your thoughts. Do not allow yourself to think negatively. This is so hard! I’ll never finish this book! These thoughts will only further squash your creativity and your motivation. Instead, ponder how good you’ll feel when you finish that one page, that one scene, that one chapter. Think about how wonderful it will be when you complete that book, when you upload it for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks. Think about how great it will be to read those 5-star reviews.
  8. Celebrate Your Creativity– Writing is hard work, there’s no doubt about it. Give yourself a pat on the back when you reach a goal or task for the day.  You’ve earned the right to feel good about what you’ve accomplished. But don’t party too hard or too long. Remember, there are always more pages to be written.

Motivation is like the great ocean tide; it swells and ebbs. Take full advantage of those times when your excitement to work is strong. Get those pages written! But when the inclination to create seems nowhere to be found, I hope you’ll re-read the list above, get off your duff, and kick-start your motivation! Remember this: Books get written one word at time.  ~ Wishing you all good writing days~ Donna Fasano.

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@JackieWeger 2018.  Thank you Donna Faz for these top-notch tips. All of which I need to use. Comments welcome. By all means add to the discussion. If you have a tip, share it. We’d love to use it because there isn’t a day in the life of an indie author that we don’t need help of some sort.  And while you’re here, do visit our informative blogs–all designed to help indies with publishing and promoting.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Jackie Weger says:

    Thank you, Donna for a great post! I needed it. It Rocks. Best Jackie Weger

  2. Robyn M Ryan says:

    Thanks for the great tips! Just what’s needed on a dreary Monday. Bookmarked!! ~Robyn

  3. Thanks for offering excellent tips.

  4. Alexa Dare says:

    Great post! Thank you!

  5. Mimi Barbour says:

    Great points – especially the one about keeping you duff in the chair. It’s been a real challenge for me lately and it matters the most. I will be better..!!! 🙂

  6. Cheers, Donna. Your publishing record backs up your hints! 🙂

  7. Linda Lee says:

    Your motivation is inspiration. Thanks, Donna! 🙂

  8. jinxschwartz says:

    Thanks! Good boost…and inspriation to get off Facebook and start writing!!!

  9. Julie says:

    Each time a family emergency rocks my world, the writing ceases. Not sure that will ever change. And as always, takes a while to catch up and find that motivation. Thanks for this, Donna!

  10. I like the reminder that reading a good book is never a waste of time. (Or a reason for guilt). I always get more writing done if I don’t open email or begin marketing tasks until I’ve written something first. Thanks, for all your insights.

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