Motivation is something that most of us will struggle to maintain at some time in our lives. Whether it’s to persevere in the gym, or to get out of bed when you know there’s a long day at work ahead, motivation can mean the difference between success and failure. When it comes to writing a book, motivation is essential; without it you run the risk of never quite finishing that story, or even worse, choosing to finish it with a weak ending, because you simply can’t be bothered or motivated to commit any more time to it. Unfortunately writing a book does take time; it’s not easy to run off 70,000 words or more; but how and where do you find the motivation to keep going?
Well firstly, you should always have a plan of action, knowing exactly how many chapters you intend to write and what’s in each chapter will act as an excellent ‘to do’ list that will allow you to plan a writing schedule, working to 3,000 words a day, is a nice target, which shouldn’t be too taxing. And being able to tick off each burst of 3000 words will act as a great motivator. The second most important motivator is a deadline; without one the writing of a book could and very often does last for years, turning it into a chore rather than the creative outlet, driven by a passion for writing, that it no doubt started out as. A realistic deadline will help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Failing all that, walking away from your writing and doing something else for a while will help to revitalise and re-motivate you to keep writing, you could go for a walk, do some exercise, watch some television, or even write a blog post 🙂