How This Best-selling Author Motivates Herself To Write And Finished Her Novel In A Week
(snazzy video interview below)
You feel haunted, drained.
A vague cloud of confusion, fear, and anxiety hangs over your head.
You’re not getting up at the crack of dawn, pouring the perfect cup of coffee, and whistling Dixie as you mosie to your writing desk right on time for every session to crank it out.
You felt so committed to it . . . and then life got in the way . . . or maybe the creative juice just slowly slipped away.
You wonder: what’s wrong? Will I get my groove again? Or have I lost it forever? Am I really a writer? Or am I just kidding myself?
A crisis of motivation can wreak havoc on your self-esteem and creative purpose. It can also quickly evolve into a profound block.
But guess what? It happens to most of us at some point. In fact, I’d go so far as to call it normal.
It even happened to bestselling author, Jenna Hiott, a writer who one reader said “could be the next J.K. Rowling.” In our interview below, she talks about a case of sagging motivation as she worked on her latest novel “Disintegration.” She used some of my Time Alchemy tips to reinvest and finished her book in a week. Now, we get to celebrate the book’s release on March 7!
In the meantime, here are some key take-aways from Jenna:
- Remind yourself that writing is what you want to do. Remember how important it is so you keep it at the top of the priority list. And if you can’t remind yourself, find someone to do it for you.
- You have to commit to making time. You do this by scheduling it on your calendar and then, following through. Once you start showing up, the flow comes back, just like riding a bike.
- Everyone has an inner A-hole that will paralyze you with judgment, doubt, and self-depreciation. If you accept your inner A-hole and remind it that you learned how to write in 3ed grade, thank you very much, it will quickly realize how foolish it’s been and be off to eat a cupcake.
Jenna also talks about why writer’s block is B.S., how she got 700 fans on Goodreads for free, and how stories change consciousness.
Go ahead and listen to the full conversation: