To be a writer, you have to be self-motivated – even if you’ve been lucky enough to have a publisher pay you an advance to produce a book. There’s always the possibility that you’ll experience days when you feel you’re just not up to the challenge.
Writers ask themselves (and me, as their instructor) as they labor:
- Is my writing any good?
- Are my ideas hackneyed?
- Who would want to read my stuff?
- Can I pull this project is off?
- Why can’t I get this thought into the right words?
- Will I be able to get anyone to publish this?
It’s your job to do whatever you have to do to stay inspired. Here are some ways to do that.
- Create a title for the story, essay, or book you want to write and post it where you can see it often.
- Visualize your byline on a page.
- Post inspirational messages and quotes above your writing space.
- Imagine yourself on television, discussing your writing.
- See yourself at your own book-signing event.
- Participate in a writer’s group or class.
- Be supportive of others’ writing efforts; they’ll be supportive of yours.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
How do you keep yourself inspired?
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