Motivation. Literally, that which impels us to move. That’s how we use the word: the feeling that makes us act—in that order: feeling, then action.
Motivation is also created by action. Ask anyone who has grudgingly started a project only to discover that going through the motions ends in motivation.
You’ve felt it yourself when taking on some new business, relationship, spirituality, or personal development challenge. Eventually you hit what Seth Godin calls the dip. We all have days where it’s hard to get going, to stay focused. Often it just takes a little push to get through the dip. Sometimes though, that off day turns into an off week or an off month. Instead of the upward spiral of motivation and action, we’re stuck. We need motivation to create action but need action to create motivation and we get nowhere.
… more … “Emotions, Motivation, and Your Unconscious Mind”
I should turn that into a song, eh?
Comes up sometimes in discussion boards: write for yourself and find artistic fulfillment, or write for your audience and sell books?
Here’s what comes up in the research of Chip and Dan Heath, experts in the brain science of decision-making: avoid either/or thinking when making decisions. Consider more than two opposing options.
Today, consider taking a page from CompSci (that’s computer science for the 99.9% of you who’ve managed to elude its evil grasp.)
But first, let’s make soup. … more … “Who Are You Writing For? (It Isn’t Really Either/Or)”
Pressfield nails it again. Today’s post is about finding why, about asking yourself why you write, what you expect to happen.
And it’s about letting go of the stuff you simply cannot control.
He suggests asking yourself these questions:
- Was this a worthy effort?
- Did it call upon you to give more than you believed you had in you?
- Did you conduct yourself honorably in the enterprise?
- Did you give it all you had?
- Did you succeed according to your own standards, the measures that only you know and only you can define?
I intend to market A Long, Hard Look as well as I can.
I intend to accept whatever level of commercial success it achieves, because I can answer “yes” to those 5 questions, and that’s what matters.
#6 in a series of 6
It’s easy to lose track of why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. If you have vague dreams of fame or fortune, those won’t keep you going, especially when they don’t materialize quickly.
While we’d all love to be rich and famous, I don’t think that’s why you write. It’s not why I write.
I write because I love the feel of words. I write because I have feelings which are clarified only when I find words to put them in. I have ideas which might benefit others. I have questions.
I believe writing takes the vague, wandering abstracts out of my head and makes them clear, understandable things I can look at and play with. I believe it helps me decide whether they should remain part of my life or be forgotten in the drawer.
… more … “Finding Why (#6 of 6 Tools to Write)”
What if I could lead you by the hand and promise that in 2014 you’d finally finish that novel?
What’s more, what if I gave you greatly increased chances that it would be good?
Is that worth paying for?
Details to come.
Here are six tools my clients and friends have found effective in combating writer’s block, fear, Resistance, the lizard brain; whatever you like to call it.
… more … “6 Tools to Get You Writing (Instead of Whimpering in the Fetal Position on the Closet Floor)”
I promised to offer suggestions about dealing with your unconscious fears. Here’s a start:
… more … “Your Unconscious: A Reasonable, Albeit Fearful, Child”
I’m conducting a little experiment with my videos. Clearly, most people watch the videos and, despite a direct request for this information, never comment on what else they’d need to get their book written. People don’t watch a video and think about writing.
After chatting with one of my prospective clients yesterday I realized I need to take my own advice. Rather than writing a book about the mechanical stuff, I need to write the why. It needs to help aspiring writers analyze their reasons for writing a book so they’re writing the right book, and have enough fire to make them do the work.
You can learn the mechanics anywhere; as my geek friends say, Google is your friend.
Only one place you can learn your why: your own head. I can help with that. I hope the book does just that.