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The Holiday Resolution All Writers Should Make

I once read a social media post that in the months of December and early January there are over twenty holidays being celebrated, or something like that. Some of us might only celebrate one, like Christmas (blah) while others opt for Yule (yay-yeah) or whatever your holiday niche is. It’s great to celebrate, but never underestimate the importance of the Holiday Resolution.

The what?

You can also call it the pre-New Year’s Resolution if a January New Year is your thing, but one thing’s for certain, far too many people for some strange reason love throwing in the towel after, well, today, really.

As a personal trainer on hiatus, I saw this all the time in the gym. Man, what a clear out after Thanksgiving Day in America. Sure, as the major holidays came into fruition, people mainly celebrate Christmas in my neck of the woods, so we’ll use it as our example here, those living out of town came back for a year-end hurrah, but the gym regulars, I literally saw them next year.

And the process repeated itself. Boom, in January, they were motivated. If it was still cold come Valentine’s Day about fifty percent remained. Come March 1st, many were gone, and after St. Patrick’s Day, what I call the Sacred Ten Percent remained and most did so through the end of the following year.

And the same goes for writing.

You wanted to write a novel.

Ah, January 1st is only about forty days away, I’ll wait.

Start a blog?

We’ll start January 1st.

Then the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, End of Holidays parties are in full effect.

Ah, I’ll wait ‘til the 2nd.

In other words, do you seriously think anyone got far with this mentality?

Ooh, what about my absolute favorite?

The year was a waste. I didn’t accomplish anything I set out to do in January 2018 so this year’s going to be different.

Hmm, and we wonder why people are so miserable.

Perhaps you should take the first step in bettering yourself.

 

December to Remember

Okay, so if you’re single, childless, and working a job instead of a career at the moment, December can be one depressing month.

And man, there have been times when Christmas was my main holiday, I’d wake up just, to put it in a literal context, pissed off.

That’s an understatement.

I’d be livid with my life as early as December 23rd when the family parties kicked off and everyone talked about what they accomplished during the past year.

I’m sure this year is no different, being that I’m stuck in a valley and working in a plant while I take a break from training.

But, I still have writing and this is a blog that motivates writers to take action, so why not follow my lead?
Instead of making this a December to Dismember (like the old, ECW pay-per-view), make this a December to Remember.

Sure, I’ll still be single and childless by January 1st (never date between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day!).

But for the love of your sanity, set a year-end resolution and stick to it.

What’s mine?

I’ll give you the example:

1. Upload Swords of Destiny and set both it and Northern Knights for free for five days with paid promotion. I want to sell, or give away a lot of books those five days.

2. Upload at least one more novelette in my perma-free Neo Skyehawk Series.

3. Continue building content on all my niche blogs (My Freedom Flame, Get Pro Football Apparel, and Train Daily with Todd).

4. Bank some money and look to re-enter the personal training field.

Can I accomplish these goals by January?

Of course, and by doing so, I’m not setting myself back forty days.

Speaking of which:

 

Stop Setting Yourself Back

Why do you keep setting yourself back this time of year?

While the Holidays are a joyous time of year for many, the rest of us might be met with some doom and gloom, dreading the time of year since it’s once again a stark reminder of how little we supposedly accomplished during the year.

Well, turn that doom, gloom, and dread into much-needed motivation.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself and turn that stress into motivation.

The year isn’t over.

There’s still another month left to make something happen.

And let me be the first to tell you, a lot can happen in thirty days.

I’m not saying we’re going to be an overnight sensation, but say if you’re participating in NanoWrimo, which is great for writing a 50,000+ word first draft of a novel, why not set a goal to create your second draft?

Thinking about starting that blog? Start it in December, don’t set yourself back a month and wait until January.

Dissatisfied with your job? Start looking for something else now; don’t wait until January.

Look, don’t let the doom and gloom get to you.

Find something that will make you feel productive, feel accomplished, as if you’re doing something.
For us writers, it’s all about creating our next work.

For me, I like to work my ass off, again, to put it in real terms, straight up until that ball drops to bring in 2019, where I can honestly say I did everything I could to make 2018 a good year.

 

Speaking of 2018

Was it a good year?

It was up and down from a financial standpoint, I won’t lie, but I accomplished more than ever before this year.

Why?

Because I truly found myself and my niche in life, even if it meant taking a break from a day job I looked forward to going to each year because, well, my niche here is something I look forward to doing even more, which is building websites, web content, and one day, monetizing them.

But it goes further. I published Northern Knights after debating all of 2017 whether to go traditional and find a publisher or indie and just upload it myself.

I took the latter due to my entrepreneurial mentality…and the fact I hate being at someone else’s mercy, which is another reason why I bailed from the corporate fitness setting which I’ll never go back to. It’ll be a training studio or something similar.

Why?

Again, I don’t like being subject to hitting a company goal, or a company’s sales numbers, where I’m nothing more than a corporate drone.

Ditto for the publishing industry, which is why I went indie. We’re not all vein people who think our books deserve to be on online store shelves. Some of us just want to treat our books like our own businesses, and that’s okay.

 

Go for It

What else did I accomplish this year?

Independence.

Though I’m still subject to a work schedule and time clock, the latter for the first time since 2012, yes, it’s been a while, my mentality is simple: It’s going to fund the costs of production while providing me an adequate living.

Even you, if you’re unhappy with where you are in life from an employment perspective, remember why you’re doing what you’re doing…to fund a business that one day will make you enough income that you can do this full-time.

So, set those goals, writing, career, financial, and start working on them now, that way by Christmas or whatever your holiday of choice is, you have an interesting tale to tell without turning it into a tall tale.

And that’s something to impress your friends and family with. Something, you have something going for you this time of year because you decided to take action today.

And that can be a gift that keeps on giving because your story will inspire someone facing the same torments you once faced.

So go for it and take action.

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New Challenges, New Chances, New Era, New Opportunity

Each new era marks the beginning for new challenges, new chances, and new opportunity, but as I’ve stated in my previous post, it’s not always desirable for the writer.

Let’s be honest; most of us just want to write in a corner somewhere and watch people buy our books while we interact with them as little as possible to keep our minds on writing.

Sure, some writers might be extroverts but most are so introverted we’ll go out of our way in a shopping center to avoid people we know.

Am I getting a lot of nods and ‘that’s me?’”

If so, you now realize you’re not alone and you’re just as sane as I am.

If not saner.

But, while us writers would love to cozy up somewhere beside a fire and imagine all of Gaia, taking a journey into our child-selves’ hearts, it’s not the way it is in the game of life.

We’ve bills to pay, money to make, food to eat, places to be, people to meet, while some of us unlucky ones are forced to fight city traffic both to and from work, but I don’t work downtown, so I’m cool there!

Yet, I realize many of us don’t have such luxuries and we must work to live.

And when we must work to live, we’re faced with the inevitable.

Do we continue with our current poor job or go somewhere else which pays better, yet requires more hours and responsibility?

Most would choose the latter, I hope, and I’m no different.

Hence, the new era begins and as I stated before, fear is the single biggest entity preventing us from living a life us writers dream of.

New Era, New Opportunity

Okay, so with any new responsibility, something else awaits and that’s a new journey.

Something you should be proud of.

It means you’re worth something to someone and qualified for something in this life.

You should congratulate yourself on this epic occasion.

Yet, and as stated in my previous article, us stubborn INFJ’s dream of situations like this but when dream becomes reality, well, that’s when uncertainty and sometimes panic sets in.

As stated before, we’re so resistant to change we long for the days of old when we were dreamers, not achievers.

But we want to be achievers, and that’s exactly what a new era brings to us.

Isn’t this what you’ve wanted all along?

If you’re shaking your head, you’re like me.

Yeah, it’s what you wanted, it’s what I wanted, and now that I have it, it’s well, the unknown is scaring the hell out of me—

Okay, stop, stop, stop, stop your train of uncertain, negative thinking.

You were all positive, positive, positive, positive, even thanking your own Higher Power or higher level of consciousness that you’re moving forward like you wanted.

Now’s not the time to be negative and creating doomsday scenarios with the mind.

It’s time to be positive. It’s time to be the epic hero you’ve always dreamed of being.

Mind you, this is both in your day job and in writing.

It’s not the time to be negative and thinking of what can go wrong.

Remember you deserve to be in the position you’re in, whether it’s writing or your day job.

 

Take Yourself High

Yep, now’s the time to think of euphoria.

Now, I don’t mean anything major, obviously.

What I mean is take some of those thoughts and actions that make you feel positive, unstoppable, and even invincible, and take them with you into this new era.

For me, it’s exercise and of course, writing itself.

And we’re writers, meaning we’re already willing to take on challenges most aren’t willing to take on.

Have you written your novel yet?

Did you ever once think anything was going to wrong?

Things obviously do go wrong once we look over our first draft. Typo here, plothole there, everything’s a wreck.

But, a lot more goes right.

Main character is compelling. Supporting cast is just as interesting. This story’s going places.

And when we engage in any activity that gives us that high; that moment of satisfaction.

So, although these new eras are going to bring challenges, they’re going to bring new and awesome ones straight to you.

But look beyond the challenges and absorb that sense of accomplishment you feel after writing a book, or after a hard workout, or after any rough, tough event.

Funnel your mind to think positive, even in scenarios where uncertainty is present.

 

Combat Uncertainty

Once again, before you do or think anything, remember you’re in a position you’re in because you deserve to be there.

Book tour? You’ve always wanted it but now since it’s here you have to burst out of your little bubble and make it happen. Meaning you’re knocked out of your comfort zone. But still, you deserved this book tour!

Book signing? Author’s seminar? An appearance?

Or in the working world.

A promotion? A new job with greater responsibility?

Yep, you deserved each of it.

So, you need to remember this; the fact you deserve to be here means you’re good enough to succeed.

You already succeeded.

So now, you get to succeed again.

And if we had to succeed the first time to succeed again, it means we were once thrown out of our comfort zone in the first place.

Now, we get to expand upon the comfort zone we originally extended before.

Remember, when the ‘what if’ scenarios enter the mind, remind yourself you’ve already been a success.

If it’s a sales gig, think about how you went about selling your book. It’s the best book ever, right?

And so is the product or service you’re selling.

And lastly, don’t overthink, just go and use your instinct.

Overthinking never ends well. Instinct always prevails, in anything.

By allowing the mind to guide the limbs in anything, you’re going to be successful in each new era you enter.

So go out there and get it done.

Face Fear, Embrace Chaos, and Grow

Look ahead, and never back at any given time. If you’re an ambitious person, and most writers are, everything you’ve ever wanted is ahead. Yet, once we get what we wished for, something else steps in. Fear, uncertainty, sure chaos. We realize it. We must face fears and embrace chaos. We must do what we’ve never done before.

For many of us, it means trekking alone through a narrow path in a dark forest that leads to an unknown destination. We’re going to have obstacles, too. Hills, crevasses, rivers, streams, and any other obstacle within our path.

Wild animals in the form of ignorant, arrogant people?

They’re everywhere.

Greedy shapeshifters that will try to throw us off our path?

We will meet them.

Guardians that will tell us it’s best to turn back and live the life we left, for while it wasn’t what we completely wanted, we were safe and happy while living it.

And why not?

What’s wrong with snagging a normal, nine to five day job in a depressed or obscure area, live the life of a working or middle-class citizen, and just be an average every person?

In all honesty, nothing at all is wrong with this lifestyle.

But for writers who crave others read their words, it’s different. We need recognition. We both need and require recognition. Maybe not for ourselves, but for the stories we wrote and the characters we brought to life.

Then there are writers who happen to be the rare Introverted iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging (INFJ) type, which consists of less than one-percent of the population.

 

The Mysterious INFJ

Yes, we INFJ’s are definitely unique, quiet, and mysterious.

What we want for ourselves, we want more than anything else. If we’re sitting or standing at a nine to five job, or any line of normal work, we’re not happy. We could make more than enough money to live on and we still wouldn’t be happy.

We’d look at everyone around us, those we met earlier in life, and those we went to school with, and sometimes our own family.

And we want what they have, but no, we want more than what they have.

Are they making more than enough money, living in a decent area of the country, meeting new people, and appearing happy on social media?

We want that, but we want more.

Because we know many of them have already sold their soul to the corporate or government world consisting of intelligent life in the form of drones.

Us INFJ’s go deeper. We need something that will actively spark change in the world, be it on the right, left, or middle side of any spectrum.

You could even give us riches, but if we’re not making riches on our own terms, we deem them worthless.
Give us our passions, and no matter how tough it may be to making a living in such passions, we can guarantee, at the very least, our efforts will go through the roof.

 

The INFJ Trap

Yet, there’s a notorious trap facing the INFJ, those who are more ambitious in life than a pure-blooded Slytherin in the Harry Potter Universe.

We. Live. In. Fear.

Which personality is the most resistant and hesitant to change?

INFJ.

Which personality overthinks everything and tries to justify their strange methods of thinking?

INFJ.

Which personality makes absolutely no sense to the other fifteen, ah maybe some sympathy from our INFP and INTJ cousins?

Again, go figure.

We want to make a lot of money for ourselves working in a field we know will make a difference in others.
We want to strive above and beyond and set new standards for everyone else, for them to see some of our grand accomplishments.

But we hate to face the fact changes will take place and it’s something that holds a lot of INFJ’s and others like us back.

We’re hesitant, very hesitant to change.

I’m sure most of us faced change, hated it because we never gave it a fair shot it deserved, went back to our normal lives, and in the end, kicked ourselves for not seeing the changes through.

Can I get a show of hands?

Anybody like this?

I’ve been there, done that, probably at least three times.

 

Embrace Chaos, Face Fear and Grow

But, there have also been changes that have driven me completely out of my comfort zone that I’ve come to like.

I didn’t know what was waiting for me on the other side after moving out of my parents’ house.

But boy, I’m glad I’m out.

I’ve no idea what a new day job in addition to my writing will be or how I’ll be able to schedule in effective writing times into my new schedule.

But I know this new day job is something unique and yes, it will make a difference for a lot of people, something an INFJ craves in the workplace.

I know I get a nice dose of midday downtime which will be instrumental in my writing. In other words, I’ll still have time to write, though it’ll take a week or two to get everything in order.

I don’t know what everything is going to be like. Will it be stressful? Chaotic? Will I even succeed?
There’s uncertainty and INFJ’s like myself shy away from uncertainty.

But why?

We’re the most ambitious personality type out there. Yes, we daydream of a clear-cut path in an enchanted forest, but the reality for us and everyone is we’re looking at a narrow path in a dark forest.

We daydream of walking straight to a magical sword and pulling it out of a rock with a sleeping princess nearby and the rest will be history.

But in reality, we’re walking toward an unknown end and are unsure of what lays in our path.
We know a few things about reality.

One, we’re going to experience chaos.

Two, we’re going to face uncertainty.

Three, we’re going to have ups and downs.

Four, it’s possible we get so distracted we lose sight of our goal.

Five, fear will set in so much we might desire our old lives and we forget what pain of regret feels like.

 

How to Combat Fear and Chaos

The final piece of this article deals with ways to cope.

For one, many of us INFJ’s are writers or avid readers.

If you caught it earlier, I spoke of shapeshifters and guardians.

The INFJ might receive the life-changing calling they’ve always wanted but when push comes to shove, their resistance and fear to change might cause them to refuse the call.

You readers and writers know where I’m going with this.

What about, in any job, we have managers who act as something called a mentor, who bestow upon us something that will help us succeed in our journey.

Now are you sensing where I’m headed?

And like in any new job or field, it’s likely we make at least one really good friend who wishes to accompany us on such a journey into the unknown.

Guys, if you’re INFJ like I am, look at this as your own personal hero’s journey. Think of many of those epic characters you idolized reading about, and some of us actually wrote about.

Heck, Northern Knights is based on the hero’s journey and it’s evident when ignorant Cain wants to become a professional athlete but something called chaos derails his ambitions. He has no choice but to face fears (plus a haunting past) and embrace chaos.

But, how do you do this? Where do you begin?

I believe most INFJ’s can be comparable to the Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom, a seemingly talentless laughingstock who later becomes a hero in his own right and is arguably the Series’ breakout character.

Now, the rundown. How do you deal with chaos and changes in life?

1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Discomfort is a new comfort. Any time something stressful is happening, act like you’re falling in love with it. The more discomfort, the better you are.

2. Spin stress. Stress really isn’t always a bad thing. Instead of getting stressed about goals and expectations of others as many INFJ’s do since we’re out to impress everyone which is impossible, look at high goals and expectations as opportunities. As ways to evolve.

3. It’s a challenge. John Cena once said he never backs down from a challenge and this is both in real life and in his WWE character. Well, aren’t these words of wisdom? If nothing else impresses people, your desire to see every single challenge through will pay dividends. Since many of us are writers, isn’t writing one of the greatest challenges out there? What about getting people to read our work? Guys, no challenge is too great for the writer.

4. It’s growth. Just like when I first started lifting weights, I knew growth would come from it. It did, and not just that, it did quickly. Look past your comfort zone and you’ll find a new comfort zone beyond what you believed once was. All the new challenges and expectations will cause growth, and nothing’s better than it.

5. Power and Influence. Many INFJ’s want this because we’re looking for one thing; to seek control of our own lives. We love living for ourselves on our own terms, but to do so we must grow, which we don’t like. But, we need to realize our true ambitions of power and influence stem from steady growth. And we’ll be at the top of our game.

6. Look beyond instant gratification. The sixth and most important one is to look beyond instant gratification. Instead of retreating to your comfort zone where your growth will stagnate and you’ll end up feeling sorry for yourself, remember what pain of regret feels like. You’ve one life to live and do you really want a life of regret?

 

Pain of Discipline versus Pain of Regret

In this first version of My Freedom Flame before its rebranding, I wrote an article called Pain of Discipline versus Pain of Regret.

What I meant in the entire work was while instant gratification and current comfort levels are desirable, they’re ultimately undesirable. Let me tell you a short story and I’ll let you go.

Two years ago I decided to leave my comfort bubble and failed miserably. And I mean lost more games than the 2016-2017 Browns combined, and they went 1-31 those two seasons.

I went 0-32.

Why?

It wasn’t because I couldn’t do the job. I was more than capable of doing my job. Only the second I left my new life was in such disarray I craved the old days of success, comfort, and hope.

By the end of 2016, I’d put back more money than 90% of American citizens and I did it on my own.

But, I struggled with this and guess where I ended up spending half my downtime?

In my parents’ living room, watching family, friends, and former peers scatter all over the country and take on new challenges and a new life.

And where was I?

In my parents’ living room in Steubenville, Ohio. Though I still had my own place of residence, I, well, had nowhere else to go other than back and forth.

Miserable as hell for someone approaching their late twenties.

It was a failure, but I also know that as a loser, a winner is simply a loser who tried one more time.

A winner is someone who exercises pain of discipline.

A winner is someone who learns from their losses and changes the ‘L’ words around. You don’t win or lose.

You win or learn.

And when you learn, you learn from mistakes that set you back.

And when you learn from mistakes that set you back, pain of discipline seeps in.

And when pain of discipline seeps in and you face fears and embrace chaos, wonderful things are waiting despite the darkness of the path ahead.

Finally, you will win. You will find your Franchise Quarterback and embark on leading your team to become the next dynasty.

But, you need to exercise pain of discipline or face the ultimate pain of regret.

Write About Your Passion

Writers and authors, especially those who are creative, must relay what they’re passionate about. One, it’s another technique an author can use to engage the reader and for another, will find their niche market. When you write about your passion, you’re sure to get repeat customers and readers again and again. You’ve hooked your niche market.

 

Today, I’m laying out how to write about your passions in creative writing. Some of these, you may already be doing, but take a look at how each element contributes to your passion in your work.

 

Your readers will thank you and your market will continue to grow. Read on for four major elements in your work you should target in every single work, targeting everything you’re passionate on.

 

Theme

Your book’s or books’ themes are going to shine with your passion. Think of the message you’re creating with your work.

 

Many of your messages will be elements you’re passionate about.

 

Let’s take a look at Northern Knights and some of the themes dictating the work. Here are a few:

  1. Libertarian Values: While the nonaggression principle isn’t a key theme here, about every other principle is. Individual liberty, private property, sound currency, and nonintervention are mentioned time and again in this new adult urban fantasy text.
  2. Friendship: One of the common elements in the work is friendship. Cain’s rarely seen without his friends in one or another capacity and he’s with a different number of friends in every scene. Also, the sports subplot displays Cain and his friends’ chemistry, and of course, the climactic scene does the same.
  3. Diversity: I feature a diverse cast of friends, all of whom have different interests. In one instance, Cain befriends a kind and talented native girl named Savannah, inviting her into their friend group, where I tap a little into the racial tensions we still see today. Despite Cain’s arrogance, he’s particularly fond of Savannah. As for the rest of the cast, Cain’s friends come from different social classes, have different interests, and of course, personalities, which I’ll tap into next.

Ensure your message is full of theme from cover to cover. What I talk about next will allow you to mold individual elements into one nice, fitting puzzle. Your work will make sense, will flow well, and will also keep a reader hooked.

 

Character Persona

Let’s dip into character persona, where I’m sure you have at least one character sharing your personality. I’ve put a bit of me in each.

 

For instance: Cain loves to show off his success but displays a caring side, especially when it comes to Savannah. Lira can overthink and overexaggerate. Savannah’s kindness around others makes her an instant character for breakout potential. The list goes on.

 

How does this intertwine with our passion?

 

Look mainly at our main character. It’s going to tell us a lot about who we are and why we’re writing.

 

Again, what does Cain want?

 

Our main characters show us a lot of what we want in the world or even in our own lives.

 

Cain wants a threatening empire expelled from his colony so they can live as a free republic.

 

It shows much of what I’d love to see in my own lifetime; to see the United States become a Constitutional Republic practicing nonintervention.

 

Look deep into what your characters want, because it’s likely what you want. Something you’re passionate about.

 

This is writing about your passion.

 

Dialogue

I’m a proponent of not telling your reader anything via narration unless as a last resort. Instead, use dialogue during your work instead of narrating everything.

 

Especially when it comes to relaying the message. Readers dislike being told things. Instead, they want to experience things. When a narrator is telling the readers this and that during the text, it’s going to make the reader feel like they’re reading an informative text when their purpose is to be entertained.

 

Instead, allow the reader to experience your passions being played out through dialogue. As mentioned, themes and character personas are already going to give the reader a feel for what your book’s message entails.

 

The reader will be much more engaged in your work when experiencing your messages through character actions and dialogue. A good tip here is something I used when converting Northern Knights from its first drafts to subsequent drafts; simply replace narration with dialogue.

 

Choose characters whose personalities match what you’re trying to say. For instance, in Northern Knights if there’s a need for edge, it’s Cain. If it’s informative with urgency, Lira’s the go-to, and so on.

 

Antagonists

Well, what is the opposite of what you’re looking to say?

 

In real life, my worst fear is for a globalist agenda to be passed. Where there’s a global currency, global military, global police force, and mandatory RFID chips….yikes!

 

It’s only natural to put our antagonists in situations that we’re trying to use our writing to stop. Again, with Northern Knights, it’s an imperial, global dictatorship that’s the goal of the antagonists, but the Columbians are giving the antagonists trouble.

 

The antagonists use military force to expand their imperial fist, law enforcement to enforce laws at the micro level, and prisons and labor camps to jail dissidents.

 

Again, use the tips mentioned above, such as character personas. The difference here with the antagonists, you want to use people who are not like you as inspiration. For me, it’s cats like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton whose personas make great models for the antagonist message I’m also implying.

 

Mold the Puzzle

Now it’s your turn. Take your first drafts of your novel and get rid of the telling, let the characters come to life and make sure they hold elements of you and the kind of theme you’re looking to relay.

 

Sound confusing?

 

How’s this?

 

What is your theme? Tell us the message you’re looking to relay.

 

Which characters are best suited to relay such a theme?

 

Incorporate the dialogue over narration using these characters. Typically, the mains are best suited.

 

Take your antagonist and turn your message one-hundred-eighty degrees, which will give you some killer antagonists.

How to Find Motivation to Keep Writing When it Gets Tough

You’re not Tired, You’re Unmotivated

Many of us work day jobs and I’m no different. The grind can be real. We’re gone for ten to twelve hours a day, five to six days a week. Finding time and motivation to write can be borderline impossible. We’d rather go to sleep, watch TV, or relax. Today, I’m going to show you how t find motivation to keep writing when things get tough.

The Rock once said, “All successes begin with self-discipline, it starts with you.” He couldn’t have been more right and his quote involves players of all fields and disciplines. Motivation is key, and we control it.

So, we’re home from work and we’re too tired to pick up our keyboard and continue working on the novel or whatever it is we said we’d be working on. We have the greatest intentions but we were held over at work, fought traffic on the way home, are eating dinner at ten in the evening, and are ready to call it a day.

 

Do something for yourself. Accomplish something today that others won’t so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.

Like turning writing into a full-time day job.

Impossible?

Stop listening to them.

Okay, who are they?

Them!

 

Keep reading and I’ll tell you about them and who they are. It’s one of the topics I’m covering for this article.

Those telling you it’s not possible to make a buck or two from your writing. At the very least it’s possible to make a side income.

Okay, enough chit-chat, as we say in our Pittsburghese lingo. I know if you’re reading this you’re looking for ways to find motivation to keep writing so I’m not going to hold you up any longer.

 

What Made You Start?

Well, something made you hit the keyboard or pick up a pen and begin writing. A book, movie, song, something motivated us to begin.

So, here you are, writing away until life stopped you in your tracks.

But, what motivated you to begin in the first place?

Look deep, because this primary motive is what motivated you to do something most won’t. You were motivated to take action.

Taking action is the second step to success.

The first?

Visualization, which ninety-nine percent of us have no problem doing. We can visualize success all day but action is needed.

And that primary motive caused action to be taken.

So, what made you take action?

Think long and hard and the memory will strike. The very scene of your life where you were first motivated will come back to you.

 

Look at Your Work in Progress

I’m not even saying you need to add anything to the work; just look at it. Read every word you’ve written from start until now.

You’ve obviously taken action here, so look back at your action. Look where you started and where you are today.

Even if we’re tired and feeling unmotivated, we love looking over our accomplishments. Just seeing what we’ve done so far can help us look into the future and envision ourselves finishing what we started.

We’ll find an instant surge of motivation to finish a work, upload it to Kindle and the other aggregate sites, and hey, if we’re working full-time and get a nice bonus, promote that work and write its sequel.

 

Write with a Chip on Your Shoulder

We’ve all faced adversity in the past and anytime it seems we want to do something outside the status quo, we’re laughed at, ridiculed, and judged by those who’ve never taken the slightest first step of action and never will.

So, remember you’re not writing just to prove people wrong and state you showed them to rub it in their face.

You could do that, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Instead, write with a chip on your shoulder to prove big things can be done and we don’t need to live by the status quos of working really hard for someone else’s dream, as we’re taught to do since grade school.

Sometimes, people need to be shown the impossible can be done. I can name numerous examples of my own friends list in just about any field, not just writing.

I’ve known people who’ve gone from the average looking American mom to fit mom and fitness champions to the point to where they’re competing in pro-qualifiers.

I know another who started his own nutrition business without a single day of actual schooling in the field.
I know people who’ve hit rock bottom and have fought to the top.

So, what you’re doing can be done and yes, you can live outside the perceived status quo.

Remember there are eyes on you, hoping you fail. But when you don’t, those same people (most of them) will look up to you.

How do I know?

Count me as a primary source.

I once knew a guy who was once out of shape and not athletic. He became a trainer and is now taking the next step in his career in that department. And he still finds time to write and is always motivated to take that next step in his writing career.

It can be done. Many think about giving up, but they remember who’s watching them. prove to people it can be done and a positive vibe will spread among the masses, which will change others.

 

 

 

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