Let’s start by talking about stress. Stress is a constant for many writers, and this stress develops from fear. If you’re stressed, please use the Easy-Write Process. I use it every day, and have taught it to thousands of writers. It eliminates stress.
You can’t motivate yourself if you’re stressed.
Now let’s look at getting highly motivated, so that you can write, and SELL your writing.
1. Your writing life journal: your idea catcher
I’ve written about journaling many times.
Here’s why journaling works: it allows you to access your right brain — the creative part of yourself. If you journal every day, you’ll be amazed at what comes out when you stop pressuring yourself to perform to some imaginery standard.
When you journal, just write whatever comes out, even if it’s just a string of complaints. You’ll usually be very surprised at what you write, especially once you get used to putting your thoughts on paper, or onto the computer. You’re clearing your mind, and are giving yourself permission to write. That’s a very big deal. Most writers are strung so tight that their creativity never has a chance.
Here’s a tip: journal with a clock. I journal for ten minutes in the morning, and in the evening.
2. Your daily “list of three”
Each day, choose three things you MUST do. Make sure that you can do each task in 20 minutes or less. Chunk down bigger tasks.
Once you’ve done your three tasks, you can do other writing, or you can call your writing done for the day.
3. Finish what you start
From today onward, make this commitment to yourself: when you start a new project, no matter what it is, you’ll complete it.
Completing projects is a habit. You need to build that habit. In future, no matter how cr*ppy you think a project is, complete it, because you started it.
You can’t sell what you don’t write, and the first step in selling is to get it done.
4. Decide that you’ll SELL
You’ve always got a choice.
You can say to yourself:
* “I’ll try to sell this…” or,
* “I WILL sell this.”
Make the decision. Decide to sell. Yes, it really is as simple as that.
5. Overwhelmed? Get clear
We’re back to stress. It’s easy to be overwhelmed.
Here’s how to get clear: take a break.
Every half an hour, step back from your computer. Go and get a cup of coffee, or just do some stretches.
For five minutes, avoid thinking about writing.
Teach yourself progressive relaxation. When you relax physically, your mind relaxes too. You can’t be creative if you’re not relaxed. Tension leads to stress, which leads to all kinds of nasty physical and mental effects.
Clear your mind twice an hour.
6. There’s only now, and only today
Focus. Tell yourself that there’s only this moment. It’s true. Refuse to think further ahead than the current moment, there’s no point. The future depends on what you’re doing right now, and the past has gone.
If you follow the above tips, you’ll develop strong motivation. Once you do, you can write anything. There are endless opportunities for writers today. Once you become motivated, you can take advantage of them.
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