Saturday, August 13, 2016

Writer's Loft Handout: Got Motivation?

You’ve probably heard that the secret to completing a manuscript is as easy as BIC—Butt in Chair. But with such busy lives, it can be hard to find the time and, more importantly, the motivation to stick to the writing goals you set for yourself. How can you make writing a top priority day after day, week after week, month after month—until your manuscript is finally done?

Here are some tips and tools to stay motivated as you pursue a writing life.
Know the Why: If you aren’t clear on why you’re doing something, it’s easy to give up. Take the time to figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing and how it benefits you, your family, and your community.
Motivation has three main components:
1. Focusing on your BIG dream.

2. Setting goals.

3. Staying positive.
What is your BIG dream? Write it down. Create a vision of what you want your life to be. A vision board can help.
Rehearse your BIG dream. Daydream as you drift off to sleep, while in the shower, while walking the dog, etc.
Set 4-5 goals per year. They should be specific, achievable, and measurable. Write them down in the following format: By ____ (date), I will ______.
Think of your goals as an action plan.
Stay the course. Every time someone asks you to do something or you have an opportunity, ask yourself: Does this serve one of my goals? Does this serve my BIG dream?
Find a friend to help you stay accountable. A buddy can:
Help you set deadlines
Act as a sounding board
Highlight your blind spots
Be a cheerleader
Celebrate successes
To stay positive:
Surround yourself with upbeat, constructive people.
Focus on what you can control.
Commit to improving your mindset.
Go forth and contribute. You can make it happen.


  1. Melissa, so inspiring, I am ready to try this method. It's time to jump start my fall.

  2. This applies to so many things. Not only writing, but also learning a language. I feel like throwing the towel in on both on a regular basis, but always find something to motivate me to continue and your tips are great!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!! I love the vision board idea.