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Writing Motivation: Who will be next?

I really enjoyed this video, where it touches upon not just writing, not just writer’s block, but the raw emotions that writers endure. Even more beautiful is how the video illustrates this through scenes from movies (many about authors) to show you, not just tell you, the pain, joy, and adventure that writing is all about.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/UJM7FpnPGYc

What are your thoughts? Post in comments.

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The Power of Words

Today I migrated my personal blog at Blogger to WordPress. I’m also moving away from my online identity of Frootbat31 to Sharon Poffinberger, which my personal site now reflects

The blog I entitled My Life is an Adventure, and this seems to bolster my intention of a life with adventure. Sure, my adventures so far include just video games, but why not show courage in reality and see what happens?

Within reason…

I don’t plan on jumping out of planes or wrestling bears, or anything like that. (I did pet a cougar once when I worked at a zoo) Reality doesn’t have respawn like a video game, but I currently live a quiet lifestyle. I also don’t take many risks.

I think its important to extend ourselves beyond what we see as ‘safe’, to press ourselves beyond our capacity, to see what we are made of.

This also got me thinking of verbs….the power of verbs. Many authors offer the noob writer the same advice; pick powerful verbs. Don’t think, but ponder or better yet, take action. Don’t feel angry, be enraged. Don’t walk…stride or even strut. See the difference?

So I hope to take my energies of planning and hoping to action and doing. I’ll post along the journey, to let you know how it works out.

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Productivity Hack Gone Awry

lifehacker I found this well-intentioned article on Lifehacker.com that gives some tips of having a more productive day; Spend the first 30 minutes of the day reading news and email, and make a checklist for the day.

Okay, so this might work for some people, but for me, I find reading news takes longer than 30 minutes, and has nothing to do with being productive in my day. Neither is checking email. It only takes me a few minutes anyway, but it’s sites like Facebook and Pinterest that snatches away hours of my time.

So here are my tips to offer to the Internet;

Get the worst thing done first. Once its out of the way, the rest of your ‘to do’ list will be easy.

Plan the night before what you’ll do the next day. The article suggests planning that morning; I say plan the night before if not the week before. I often plan on Sunday for the week ahead, so that saves me oodles of time. All I have to do is check my list to see what to expect in appointments, chores, writing assignments, and anything else I find important. I sometimes include word counts for each day.

Don’t find motivation, just get it done. You don’t need motivation as much as resolve in getting it done.  If you put it on your ‘to do’ list, you must have deemed the task important enough to just get it done.

Get up a little earlier in the morning. If you can’t find the time in the morning to get everything done, get to bed earlier to waken earlier, and get it done then.

Although I agree that getting things done first and foremost in the morning hours works best, being productive means getting it all out of the way first thing.

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Motivation versus Resolve

1270334313987272 While perusing the Internet this morning, I happened upon this article on GoodLifeZen.com. Want to Establish a Good Habit? Use This Secret Mental Force, by Mary Jaksch. As one always seeking the ‘secret trick to motivation’, my interest was definitely perked.

The author makes a very good point with the difference between motivation and finding resolve. Motivation tends to describe our state of being. We already have the motivations inside of us, so the time this wanes, where we don’t feel motivated to write, for instance, motivation isn’t there. Resolve, on the other hand, provides a means to understand that you need to write anyway. If you want to reach the goal of a published work, or even a completed novel, you have to write regardless of the motivation there or not.

I realized this works with many other areas of my life as well. Exercise is a great example. I don’t feel motivated to workout regularly, but I think I can find the resolve. I can accept that I don’t like to sweat or get sore, or make that effort, but the resolve to get fit, to feel more energy, to lose this stupid weight, then I accept those terms.

So I resolve to write regularly. I don’t have to have motivation, or even write well. I just need to write. I also resolve to workout. I don’t have to like it, or do it well, but darn it all, I will do it if I want to reach my goals.

 

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