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Motivation can be difficult for a new writer. Some people’s motivation fail because their books did not sell. Permit me to say that you need to see yourself as an information marketer. Don’t just write because you want to write. Write because people need the information you are writing about. I wrote a book on how to make money on poetry and I just sold the first copy few days ago after many months. Why? Because people are not interested in that information. Like every other business, writing is a business that can be unsuccessful if you do not have the right guide. If you follow the principles in this book, you will succeed.
When you sit down to write, it’s just you, your computer and your ideas. When you hit a writer’s block or your plot doesn’t seem to be panning out the way it should, it could be hard to keep going. The best thing you need to do at that time is to take a break and come back to your writing later. Fortunately for me, I don’t usually hit a writer’s block. I actually have to discipline myself to go to bed, or say ‘This is enough information on this book” or remind myself that it is time to pick my children from school or time to take care of other important things.
If you have a partner who is willing to respect your writing time, count yourself very lucky. My husband is a writer too, so he understands when I tell him, I need to finish the flow of thoughts I am writing on before attending to him. But if you don’t, consider joining a writing group so you can meet like-minded people face to face. Find a toastmaster’s group in your area. Check Meetup.com or eventbrite.com, or simply search for speaker groups on search engines for your local area. You will find one. I recently found one surprisingly about 6 miles from my house and they meet 7pm to 8:30pm once a week.
If you cannot find a live meeting, join one of the many writers’ groups that are available on the Internet. You’ll soon find a friendly face and start new friendships that will help you through those tricky times. Sharing writing problems and having someone else read your work and make constructive criticism is a great way to learn and improve what you do.