Even if we love what we do, we may find our motivation waning from time to time. It happens to the best of us, and when it does, it can compromise our focus, productivity and confidence. Guest author Angela Baker shares some of her best ideas on how to stay motivated even when life gets in the way.
Books don’t write themselves and lack of motivation can be one of the biggest impediments for aspiring authors.
Maybe you’ve written a few books already, but don’t know how to get them out there and you feel like your voice will never be known. Or maybe a personal problem is taking its toll on your creativity and you’re experiencing writer’s block.
No matter what keeps you from moving forward, experiencing ups and downs is a normal part of your writing career.
Even the world’s most famous and talented writers struggled with lack of motivation at one point, but it’s important to keep going and develop a strategy to pick yourself back up when words no longer come easy.
Write Every Day, No Matter What
Maya Angelou’s ‘just write’ strategy isn’t always easy to apply.
What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’
– Maya Angelou
Forcing yourself to write every day, no matter what, can actually be tedious and painstaking, especially if you tend to be self-critical.[Read more…]