Create Motivation: External Benefits for Writing

Russell Kirsch Impossible

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One way to overcome your writing fears is to make sure the benefits of writing outweigh the fears. I’ve heard many times, “writing is lonely work” and this is usually seen as a problem. This does not need to be true for you. Even though the most important motivation comes from within, you can also create chances for motivation by becoming more involved with the people around you.

 

Don’t be afraid look to other people – writers, family, friends, strangers – for motivation. Other people can offer encouragement, affirmation, and recognition.

 

Even if you prefer a quiet and secluded work-space, consider writing regularly (even if not often) at a public location such as a deli, coffee shop, or bookstore. Strike up conversations with strangers and – if appropriate – mention that you are writing something.

 

When someone learns that you write, he often wants to know what you write. And if you see the same person again, he might very well ask “how’s the writing coming?” When you go to the same public place routinely, you start to meet other regulars. When they know that you are there to write, you start to feel a stronger pressure to write while you are there.

 

If you are serious about completing a project, consider telling family and friends about your project. They can help keep you on track, give pep-talks, ideas, and generally keep you moving forward. Also, you are likely to feel pressure to meet their expectations. This can provide the push you need to keep moving forward when your writing slows down.

 

If you are serious about pursuing writing professionally (or already are a professional), external motivation for the professional writer can also come in the form of publication and income. To involve others in raising your motivation, network with other writers via social media, professional organizations, and less formal critique groups. Facebook and Twitter are great places to share (and read) goals, trials and successes. You can also post daily (weekly, etc.) word counts. Or challenge others to a competition. All three options give you access to people with similar enthusiasms – which can be very stimulating.

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