Wednesday, January 5, 2011

7 Ways to Motivate Your Writing in 2011


"Climb high, climb far, your goal the sky, your aim the star.”
- Anonymous

1. Set realistic goals. Otherwise, you will be setting yourself up for failure. That’s not a good way to begin a new year. Start out by writing down what you'd like to accomplish and give yourself a deadline. Let a writing buddy know your goals so they can hold you accountable. They’ll beat you over the head if you get off track.

2. Pace yourself. Just like a runner in a marathon, you can’t run full speed ahead and expect to get to the finish line. You have to pick a pace that's sustainable for you. Then you can run the distance and actually finish the race to the end of your manuscript and get there in one piece.

3. Exercise. A healthy bod gives you more energy to accomplish your goals. Your rear with thank you for it, too--especially after spending so much time on it in your writing chair.

4. Get in the zone. Meditate, pray, listen to music before writing--doing this will help provide you with the stamina to keep you focused on the task at hand.

5. Spend time with writing friends. Hanging out with kindred spirits can help inspire and motivate you. You will want to hurry home and start typing. Don't speed, though. You may get a ticket. And that will ruin your day.

6. Turn off Facebook and the boob tube. Time suckers. ‘Nuff said.

7. Reward yourself. Eat some chocolate. Have lunch with a friend. Do a cartwheel. Do heel clicks. You’ve completed a goal. CELEBRATE!

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