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.
Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance by Rosanne Bane
I cannot recommend this book hard enough. Don't go buy one copy, buy a dozen! Then you can throw it at your writer friends when they tell you why they aren't writing. I've read this at least six times already.
|Hey! I published this month. Don't throw it at me.|
Want writing motivation? Do the challenges in this book. Do you know what a neural pathway is? Learning about them will help you decide which ones you're proud to have and which you want to work on correcting. The book explains it with easy to understand science. You've heard of the fight-or-flight response? It ties into writing! The book defines Product Time, how writing for publication is ultimately about more than just getting words on the page.
Don't know what to write? The book has a section for that! It's called the Interest Inventory. You make a list of what interests you, based on the prompts, then free-write your way to a good story.
Give yourself credit for every day that you invest 15 minutes on Product Time (activities involved in the goal of successful publication). ⏲
There's a part about self-care, which includes sleep, exercise, focus, meditation, and play.
And if you like rewards for doing writing tasks, you'll love section 3-7.
If you're reading the Operation Awesome blog this month because you need the motivation to write, it's possible there's a Saboteur keeping you down! It's all about fear. The book helps you identify this so you can overcome it.
What is it like when you DO want to write? When you're motivated and can't wait to get the words onto the page? If you can identify it, you can probably duplicate it.
I'm most motivated to blog if I feel the post will help someone else (by promoting someone, by entertaining the audience, or by raising awareness). Have you ever thought about what most motivates you to write a blog post?