A Month of Writing Motivation is the Operation Awesome theme for the 2020 A to Z Challenge. I'm giving examples of how five reference books offer writing motivation.
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff
When I read this book, it motivated me to reevaluate my writing goals, which in turn motivated me to write more. It made it easier for me to be creative. That's why I wanted to include it this month. Here are some ways this book offers motivation:
- Focus more on doing, less on perfection.
- Day two is harder than people believe. Knowing that can help you get past it.
- Goals are easier to reach when cut in half, which will keep you motivated to accomplish them.
- Motivation dies when you try to be perfect at too many activities at once.
- Include more fun in what you're doing.
- Find out if fear or rewards motivate you more.
- Understand why you've set the goals you've set.
- Motivation is killed by doing other tasks instead of our goals.
- Stop thinking "I can't (write a novel) until I (whatever isn't writing a novel)," because that's shoving motivation aside.
- Easier and simpler goals are motivation's best friend.
- Data can prove you're motivated and succeeding.
- Assess your previous success.
- Know that finishing something means you get the gift of starting something else.
- Figure out what you get from not finishing, from wasting your time and motivation.
The chapters come with actions, so this isn't a passive read, it's a book to really put you in a motivated headspace.