It's easy to lose your motivation.
For example, I haven't been writing much, and thought that I was being lazy, until realized I'd lost my motivation.
These past few months my time's been eaten up by several clients' Web content management projects which have taken up huge swathes of time. Although these projects pay well, they're focused on strategical and editorial work, rather than on writing. Reading others' writing was interesting at first, then quickly became frustrating and boring. Thank heavens the last of these projects is winding down.
Although I won't be taking on any more of this kind of work, I've learned a lot from it. Mainly that I like writing more than I like not writing. Looking forward to writing each day gets me out of bed in the morning and motivates me.
What motivates you?It's worth spending some time thinking about this. Very few people know exactly what they want.
It's OK if what you really want turns out to be different from what you've been telling people.
A friend confided that she'd spent years thinking she wanted a happy marriage. Then enough was enough, and she decided what she really wanted was freedom: a divorce. She had a hard time with this, because it made her feel guilty, and she had to work her way through her own sadness and doubt.
When you've decided what you really want (your intention), it's time to create a primary goal.
Create a goal which inspires you, even if it scares youAny worthwhile goal will scare you because it takes you right out of your comfort zone.
Complete this sentence: "If only I could write___________" or "If only I could_______".
I write about WIGs (Wildly Improbably Goals) in the Top 70 Writing Tips guide. If a goal doesn't scare you on some level, it's not going to motivate you.
Don't stop now: find four ways to achieve that goalNow you've chosen your goal, how do you feel? You should feel happy and energetic. If you're not enthused about your goal, then keep digging until you find what your real intention and goal is.
Now find at least four pathways to that goal. Think about how you might achieve your goal, and come up with four ways. Write them down.
Are you feeling motivated?
If not, keep digging. Keep asking yourself what you really want. Once you know that, you'll know what motivates you.
Write more - become a pro writer
Yes, you can write more and become an expert writer - even if you're a world-class procrastinator.
Did you know that when you write more, your writing improves? Many of my writing students experience this. They find that when they write more, writing is easier for them - they're not dominated by their inner editor.
My new writing class, "Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process" is based on lessons I developed for my private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and make more money writing.
If you're struggling with your writing, the class will help. The techniques you'll learn in class with help you write fiction, nonfiction, and copy for business.
Discover how you can write more, improve your writing, and sell more of your writing to higher-paying markets.