Category Archives: motivation

How the Chunky Method Saved My Life

A couple of months ago, after being sick and traveling and meeting two book deadlines, I stalled when given some unwelcome health news which required tests and more tests. I got really, really behind on an adult mystery, and for … Continue reading

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Motivate Yourself Overnight!

Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins, discusses taking on your characters’ inner lives (their emotions and motivations) in order to write believable story people. If you first get inside them, you become those characters. What … Continue reading

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Key #1: Have a Reason to Write

[First read Part 1 of the series called "Writing in Flow to Make Writing Fun."] The first key that Susan K. Perry mentions in Writing in Flow is this: have a reason to write. I’m going to break this into … Continue reading

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No Motivation or Willpower? A Simple Solution

Motivation is a great thing to have, but note this: it’s unreliable. And because it’s unreliable, motivation is NOT a good strategy for making change in your writing life. Motivation to write comes and goes. I love when it’s there. … Continue reading

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Writer Imaging (Part 3)

(First read “Writer Imaging” Part 1 and Part 2.) Here are the final attributes of a happy writing life… 4. Staying focused on the positive. View your writing life as a series of opportunities and growth experiences, even though some … Continue reading

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