Author Talk

Stay Motivated

I know this is easier said than done. But, it’s important as a writer (or any artist), to stay motivated. I know, there’s so many things pulling us away. Daily life just gets in the way.

So, how do you do it? How can you quiet those little buggers in your head that drown out the stories (or anything you’re trying to create), keeping them locked in your mind instead of on paper?

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I’ve found these tips from FP helpful.

One thing at a time.

Sometimes the end goal is so far in the future, the steps to get there feel like a never-ending staircase. Tackle one thing at a time. Assign daily goals for yourself, and if you can scratch one thing off your list each day, you’ll make progress faster than you think. I often find myself putting things off because they feel so overwhelming – procrastination is probably one of my worst traits.  I’ll end up trying to do a million things at once, at the last minute. I’m also slowly learning to realize that sometimes it’s ok to put something aside, move on to a new project, and then come back to it. Things suddenly become clear when you look at them with fresh eyes.


Change it up.

A change in scenery can do wonders. On days when I’m struggling with getting motivated I seek out a new coffee shop to make my workplace for the day. Being in a different environment can trigger new senses – new sounds, sights, smells – and somehow this helps to reinvigorate my mind. If you can’t physically relocate yourself, try stimulating your senses with different music than you’d normally listen to.

So tell me, how do you stay motivated?


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