Motivation is the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

When it comes to writing, motivation is both fickle and unreliable. Days, weeks, and moths can fly by while waiting for the motivation muse.

The problem with motivation is that it’s never something you have to chase, it is a force that arrives on whim, lead by your emotions. Which means getting into the habit of waiting for it to show up or looking for it in order to start a chapter/book, is not going to yield continuous positive results.

 

 

Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.

This is not an easy task, for a multitude of reasons. It takes commitment, practice, and consistency. You need to develop self-control through your thoughts, emotions, and habits.

Discipline is within your control and unyielding.

Once a writer learns how to cultivate it, their productivity skyrockets. They use discipline to push themselves forward and create, harness it to face that blinking cursor, and apply it to get the book written.

Applying the mindset of “just do it” is the first step on a disciplined road to achieving your writing goals and finding success.

 

Beta readers are those valuable individuals who read your manuscript (with no prior knowledge of the events) and give you detailed feedback on everything from plot to characters to pacing. Their role is to show a writer how a future reading audience will interpret and react to their work.

Once I finished editing my first draft, I was ready for beta readers!

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Like writing, lying is a form of invention. 

When it comes to the creation of worlds, characters, and plot twists, lying is a useful skill to have. In a way it’s an art form, helping to create simultaneously heart-warming and chest-pounding stores.

However, it’s the lies that we tell ourselves about the writing process, or about being a writer, that are harmful. These are the lies we need to avoid.

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editing my manuscript

When it came time to edit, I was genuinely looking forward to the process. I know most writers tend to dread and loathe this phase, but for me it’s taking the story I already love and reshaping it into a better version of itself.

Yay, fun times!

Because I edit as I go when writing my first draft, I made the assumption that once I sat down to do the full-draft edits, I’d have it easy. Somehow I had convinced myself that I’d be done in two weeks.

Oh how wrong I was.

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i am a writer

Being a writer is part of my identity

The journey of a writer is not a straight line like other professions. It has various ups and downs, twists, and sometimes even dead ends. Writers work hard to bring their creations to life. We conceptualize, research, write, edit and polish.

So it is extremely frustrating when people enjoy the work that comes from writing (books/movies/TV shows) but don’t appreciate writers themselves.

Writing is a time consuming job and writer has to put themselves into so many character shoes. The amount of hats we wear and roles we juggle are endless.

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