Creative ways to motivate yourself & finish that novel

Creative ways to motivate yourself & finish that novel

When you first start writing your novel, motivation is naturally high. However, over time, it can nosedive, especially when you hit that specific sticking point for you –  the halfway point, end of first draft, specific word count etc. – basically, the place that makes you want to jack it all in and either start again or quit writing altogether!

It’s times like these that you need to have something visual nearby, to motivate you to push forward and keep you focused on finishing that novel. Continue Reading >>

Motivation and reminders – what’s on your desk?

Motivation and reminders – what’s on your desk?

As I look around my office, I see crystals, books, corkboards with random bits of paper and shelves filled with various mementos. To the unappreciative audience (basically, anyone who doesn’t know what goes on in my head!), it could look like a miss-mash of things – but to me, it’s my motivation and inspiration. Continue Reading >>

What’s your big why for writing?

What’s your big why for writing?

Why do you want to write? We can all come up with an off-the-cuff response to that question, but our true ‘big why’ behind our need to write, is our answer at a deeper, soul level. As in last week’s blog post, it’s about being honest with yourself (if you haven’t read last week’s post… Continue Reading >>

Are you being honest with yourself?

Are you being honest with yourself?

The stories we tell ourselves are so powerful. We look around at our life and compile statements of ‘fact’ about how it is we’re in the situation we’re in. These statements get lumped together to create an overall story about our life, at this point in time. It could be why we’re staying in a… Continue Reading >>

What kind of writer do you want to be?

What kind of writer do you want to be?

Making the actual decision to be ‘a writer ’ is something relatively simple – you decide and you then become. However, when we’re just starting out, it can feel uncomfortable or awkward to say the phrase ‘I’m a writer’ out loud and to others. We then justify it, by adding phrases such as ‘in my… Continue Reading >>

Creativity: are you waiting for that lightbulb moment?

Creativity: are you waiting for that lightbulb moment?

When it comes to creativity, any endeavour takes courage, whether it’s writing a book or creating something from clay. Inspiration doesn’t always give the luxury of striking you in your sleep and you don’t always get inspired with the entire plot for the next bestselling novel, whilst eating your cornflakes. Sometimes, you’re simply left staring… Continue Reading >>

Time chunk and create time for your writing

Time chunk and create time for your writing

One of the biggest issues new writers face is how to make time for their writing. Obviously, physically creating more time in impossible: we all have the same amount of hours in a day, days in a week etc., but working smarter with the time you do have, is something we can all do. Time… Continue Reading >>

Do what you say you’re going to do

Do what you say you’re going to do

No matter what you want to achieve in life, we spend masses of time talking about it. We tell everyone and anyone who will listen, what we want to do: I want to be a writer, I want to travel, I want to earn a million… Words can mean so much but they can also… Continue Reading >>