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Get Motivated: 3 Powerful Tips To Finish Your Book

Get Motivated: 3 Powerful Tips To Finish Your Book

You’re writing a book, and you’ll finish it one day. You hope. Unfortunately, you can’t get motivated. Although you schedule your writing, you can’t get started.

On bad days, you think about giving up.

Will you ever become sufficiently motivated to finish your book?

Here’s something to keep in mind. Inspiration and motivation build while you’re writing — not when you’re thinking about writing.

Convinced that you’ve tried everything and will never finish?

You’ll get motivated when you build-in consequences

Try creating consequences for yourself. When carrots don’t work, a stick can make all the difference.

Let’s look at how you can build your motivation when you build in some consequences for non-performance.

1. Use pre-orders: sell your book before it’s done

Authors swear that KDP pre-orders get them motivated to finish their book if nothing else will.

Here’s why: Amazon has consequences — it punishes you if you don’t upload your file before the deadline:

You can postpone the release date for your eBook one time for as many as 30 days past the initial release date… If you postpone the release date, you won’t be able to postpone release dates for other existing pre-order eBooks. Also, you won’t be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year.

That’s powerful motivation, right? 🙂

You can create a pre-order up to 90 days before the release date.

2. Never mind the carrot, grab the stick

What’s the most painful thing you can imagine?

When you’re creating a stick to beat yourself if you don’t finish your book, the stick has more power if it affects others as well as yourself.

For example, let’s say that you’re taking your family on vacation this summer. Tell the family that unless you complete your book, you’ll be staying home.

Commitment is all-important when you’re using a stick. Tell others about your commitment to finish, and they’ll help you to get it done.

3. Write rubbish (spoiler alert: you can’t)

My favorite tip: write.

Write anything. Write the biggest rubbish you’ve ever written. Get it done. (You can edit later, of course.)

Here’s why this works. It’s hard to write rubbish consistently and deliberately, because you write the way you write.

A decision to write rubbish will free you to write, and you’ll get motivated to finish your book.

(Bonus strategy) You can get motivated to do anything… in five minutes

During my long writing career I’ve accepted commissions which I hated. Completing these commissions was always a struggle, but I learned that you can write anything — as long as you tell yourself: “it’s only for five minutes.”

When all else fails, and you’re in danger of missing a pre-order deadline, grab a timer. Set it for five minutes. During those five minutes, you MUST write. Write rubbish. Write anything, but WRITE.

Oddly enough, those five minute sessions will help you to get motivated, and you’ll finish your book.

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

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I developed the tactics and strategies in this book to help myself. My students have found them essential to producing both fiction and nonfiction almost effortlessly.

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Write A Novel: How To Write What You Really Want To Write

Write A Novel: How To Write What You Really Want To Write

What if you want to write a novel, but you’re frightened of the struggle?

Several months ago I coached a novelist who was terrified of beginning another novel. She’s written three novels, and is pleased with the sales, but couldn’t face writing another.

“I want to write, but I can’t,” she said. “I’ve been putting off starting for six months. Maybe I should give up, and write a nonfiction book?”

Write a novel from your heart: what do you REALLY want to write?

Writers write. Writing may not always be comfortable, and at times you wish you were doing something else — anything else. Sooner or later however you realize that writing is just something you do, and you’re happier writing than not writing.

So, I asked the novelist to dig into her subconscious to discover what she really wanted to write. What if she kept a dream journal for a week?

Dream journal to access your creative self

Your creative self is part of you; a powerful part. If you’re not writing, chances are that your creative self is putting blocks in your way.

A dream journal is a simple way mine your subconscious mind, and uncover your creative blocks.

Funny story. A few years back a client commissioned me to create a plan for a series of horror novels, with the main characters, and the first three books in the series plotted out. He was targeting the Young Adult market.

Problem: generally speaking, I avoid horror stories. My favorite horror tale is Casting The Runes, by M.R. James.

So, I decided that I’d better leave generating ideas to my subconscious. I kept a journal beside my bed, and each night, I imagined myself waking up in the morning, with the perfect idea for a horror series.

This worked rather too well. (I’ve often thought that the subconscious mind has a sense of humor.) For the two months I that worked on the series, I’d wake up at least three times a week, shaking from a nightmare. It got so bad that I slept with the light on.

I’ve used dream journaling since, without any drama, so I’ve no idea why the nightmares occurred. 🙂

A dream journal exercise to help you to write a novel you really want to write

The dream journal exercise is simple. Before you go to sleep, write in your journal: “I need a plot for a story that I’d love to tell.”

When you wake up, scribble a sentence or two about any dreams you remember. Keep your notes brief, there’s no need to analyze your dreams, you’re just nudging your creative self.

If you wish, and if you enjoy drawing, draw or paint any images from a dream.

The blocked novelist I was coaching started writing a new novel three days after she began dream journaling, so that process worked for her. I chatted to her after Christmas, and she’s still using her dream journal. She says that the process has helped her in many areas of her life.

Resistance is common when you write a novel

“Resistance” is the feeling that you want to write, but you can’t. Unfortunately, resistance is common when you’re writing a novel.

Here’s the thing — it doesn’t matter why you’re resisting writing. You don’t need to know why. You just need a way to prime the pump of your creativity again. Try journaling, dream journaling, or even bullet journaling — the process may work for you too.

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

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In this book we'll aim to increase your creativity to unlock your imagination and build the writing career of your dreams.

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Writing Success Secrets: How To Conquer Self Doubt, And Achieve Your Writing Goals, Starting Today

Writing Success Secrets: How To Conquer Self Doubt, And Achieve Your Writing Goals, Starting Today

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Today, the opportunities for writers have never been greater. Back in the day a writer who was making six-figures a year seemed a creature of myth. These days, highly successful writers are making six figures a month.

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Write And Sell Nonfiction Books: Hot-Selling Trends

Write And Sell Nonfiction Books: Hot-Selling Trends

I often get this question about writing nonfiction books: “But what will I write about?”

Usually, I respond with something like: “write about what you enjoy — as long as that’s something that will sell.”

Writing nonfiction books on current trends

One of my favorite ways of finding topics is exploring trends. It’s far from guaranteed that a book you’ll write about a current trend will sell, of course. But if it does, and if you’re one of the first people to write books on the topic, you’ll make good sales.

Let’s look at some tips which will help you to become aware of what’s trending.

1. Explore social media for the latest trends and fashions

You can use social media networks to discover trends. Most of the networks have a “trending now” feature.

You can use social media networks to discover trends

Of all the social media networks, Pinterest is the most focused on fashion and trends. Here’s Pinterest’s predictions on what will trend in 2019:

It’s that time of year again—welcome to your sneak peek into the official 100 Pinterest trends for 2019! Pinterest is its own positive corner of the internet, where more than 250 million people around the world come to discover new ideas to try.

2. Amazon: the global marketplace, ranked and reviewed

Amazon offers its bestsellers which are updated hourly.

Amazon offers its bestsellers which are updated hourly

Click a department link in the left sidebar, as in the image above, and you’ll discover the top sellers in each department.

3. eBay: discover what people are searching for most

eBay offers eBay Trends, which shows you what’s hot right now on the website.

If you’re into hobbies and crafts, it’s worth exploring Etsy.

Consider writing nonfiction books for sellers on the big online retailers

Here’s something to keep in mind. Millions of people sell on Amazon, eBay and Etsy, and hundreds of thousands of people are professional sellers on these mega online shopping sites.

Years ago a client commissioned me to write a series of books for professional sellers on eBay and Amazon. Those books sold well. So, if you’re currently selling on Etsy, why not compile a book of your favorite tips and tricks?

Speed counts when you’re writing nonfiction books on trending topics

As you may know, with nonfiction books I’m all about speed. Check out Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine for more.

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

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Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 5
Genre: Writing

You're a writer. You need to make money from your words. What if you could create AND sell a nonfiction book in just a day?

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Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

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In this book we'll aim to increase your creativity to unlock your imagination and build the writing career of your dreams.

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