Tis the Season to Write a Book blog series continues as we countdown our way to Christmas. We all need a little motivation sometimes, even when you love what you do it's possible to need rest. Today is Day 9 of 24, here are 5 tips to stay motivated and finish the book, let's dive right in.
Tip #1 Give Yourself a Deadline
I know some of us don't like the pressure of it all but for others, it can be a motivation. Give yourself an incentive when you meet the deadline. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway or a fancy upscale restaurant. Make it something you don't often experience, make it worth your while so that you're excited to complete your book.
Tip #2 Have Reward Day
Don't just wait until the end goal is met but I always encourage my clients to celebrate the progress made. If you added 500 words to your book be proud. Personally when I’m writing Fridays is reward day. Do something and treat yourself to something you really enjoy during the journey.
Tip #3 Take Things Away
This is reverse psychology, so this kind of goes with reward day but you're taking something you love to do and postponing it. Let's say you can't watch your favorite show until you write for at least 30 minutes. It's the reverse method but for some, not having that coffee or midday treat will motivate them to get going because they surely want to relax in a hot bubble bath at night. Haha, this only works, if you have a habit of doing a particular thing and not having it, would feel unbearable.
Also, when writing a book it takes commitment so what are you willing to give up to make your dream happen? Personally, I gave up watching movies because of the time it takes to watch a 1 and a half or 2-hour movie I would rather use that time to write my book. You decide.
Tip #4 Set up Visuals
You want to put your goal, and vision all over your home, especially where you write. Visuals can be your writing goals, your “why” you're writing the book, your outline, the number of days you will write until you finish your rough draft and submit it to the proofreader. Here is a picture of a visual activity I suggest in my book.
Tip #5 Accountability
Tell people you're writing a book and check in with your accountability partner twice a week. Get people who will encourage you to go for your dream. You have to get unapologetic about sharing. Also, start promoting yourself on social media before the book is done. When you put yourself out there now you have to stay committed to your word. Doing what you say you will do and your reputation can be a motivator.
Tomorrow Day 10, I share tips to edit your book so stay tuned. Have you tried any of the above tips before? If you try any of the tips I'd love to know how it goes. If you enjoyed reading make sure to like, share, comment, and subscribe to this site so that you never miss a post during this series.
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Hi, I'm Tahira! Author, Writer, and Book Consultant at TahiraGift Consulting LLC. As a Blessed Author, I share on this blog tips to help other women of faith write and self-publish a book for impact and income in 30 days. Learn more and get my Write a Book 6-Step Blueprint Free Checklist click here.