Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Tips to Stay Motivated as a Writer

This writing thing is hard. The more that I learn about writing, the more overwhelming it feels.

I've started and stopped working on my manuscript too many times. 
How can I stay motivated as a writer?

Here are 5 steps that drew me back to my keyboard:
1. Set long and short range goalsFor example, before I can pitch my book, I need to write my proposal. One of my favorite writing coaches and novelists, Larry Leach, suggests prayer and a practical approach.Click to visit Larry Leach's site. Time in prayer might help me set realistic targets. My long range goal might be finish the proposal in 6 weeks. Short range might be writing at least 300 words per day for 4 days in a row.
2. Choose an accountability partner.  I stay motivated when someone is going to ask me about my project. I need to choose wisely.  This needs to be someone who accepts me as I am and encourages me to try again.
3. Celebrate small successes. My first goal will be to hit 2000 words before my July 1.  If I meet that, I'm going to grab a movie or go out to eat or sleep in on Saturday.  Setting up tangible, appealing rewards helps this writer stay motivated.
4.  Join a critique groupWe just formed a chapter of Word Weaver International.  My writing is getting better each time that I meet with my group. Getting helpful feedback can motivate any writer. Click to visit Word-Weavers International.
5. Forgive myself and keep going I just might make some mistakes.  Maybe I won't hit my word count for the day.  I have a choice: quit or try again. I'm going to try to hard to keep trying.

What about you?  What do you do when you don't feel motivated to write?


Friday, June 2, 2017

Register NOW for a one-day conference with Edie Melson!

Grow Your Online Presence in Thirty Minutes a Day   
June 10, 2017
10 4 p.m.  
Click to learn more about Edie.

With over 2 million blog visitors and 19,000 Twitter followers, Edie is recognized as a leading expert in social media.  

Morning Session
Effective ways to reach your target audience
Blogging options for busy writers 
Time-saving techniques for posts and updates

Receive coaching from Edie  
Time in the Computer Lab (feel free to bring your laptop)
Start from scratch/improve your social media methods

Conference Fee

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Saturday, May 6, 2017


Have you heard about this place? Colleen and Jackie have been raving about this museum in Eatonton.  Among the greats, it honors Flannery O'Connor and Terry Kay. They would love to work with us.

I'm planning to go to this event.  Email me at if you'd like to carpool. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Make plans to join us on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. until noon to learn from one of Atlanta's prolific writers.   

P.S. Valerie's books will be available on our book table.