Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Do I Get Motivated? (Part 1 of 4)

"How do I stay motivated?" That question comes up regularly on writers loops. When it does, loopers respond with a wide variety of answers. I find few of them satisfying.

Most of them focus on outward activities—doing things such as forcing yourself to write. Set a timer and stay at your computer until you write 300 words. Get an accountability partner to whom you have to confess if you don't meet your goals.

Do they work? Probably. But they don't solve the problem. Lack of motivation is an inside job. You can circumvent the trouble by performing or doing things, but you don't diffuse the problem. It will recur.

I can force myself to write or 
I can look inward for solutions.

3 comments:

  1. In my opinion, lack of motivation is a dream problem. If the dream to write is big enough, the motivation will follow. The dream fuels the passion.

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  2. For me, I believe I should write because (for one thing) I write scenes in my head. It never totally quits. But I also must use a bit of self-discipline to make it happen. So it's inward with outward helps.

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  3. Hi Cecil, I love your answer to this problem. I've been struggling for a couple of weeks about what to write. Going on rabbit trails as I attempted to research the topics I thought about writing. But I came through the shadows this morning. Your instructions are great! Thank you!

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