Reblogging this great advice from fellow author, Ollin
Editor’s Note: the original version of this article was first posted on the C2C in 2010.
A writer’s love of writing does motivate us in the long-term, yes. But the dirty little secret is that sometimes writers need a little kick in the butt to get us motivated in the short-term, during the day-to-day battles of the long-long-long drawn out war.
I’m not saying we can live without passion and love for our art. Yes, love is a good solid base for our writing careers, but it is our capacity to utilize tools for self-motivation that keeps us building on that strong base.
We writers have to be REALLY good at motivating ourselves because sometimes we’re the only ones around to motivate… ourselves.
Here are several methods that I have found helpful:
1. Reward Yourself For Trying
I don’t think any fiction writer writes to win awards or to make money…
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