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 goals. For 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 group. We 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?