Title: Self-Discipline For Writers
Author: Martin Meadows
Publication Date: May 1st, 2019
Genre: creative self-help, writing
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
No matter if you are a novelist, write non-fiction, or are a blogger, lacking the motivation to write as much as we should, happens to the best of us. It is imperative, however, that we stay consistent in our efforts, even if the world around us pulls us in many directions, and we are confronted with so many distractions.
This newly released motivational book writing guide, Self-Discipline For Writers, provides a large number of tips and tricks that are easy to implement, thankfully. The last thing I wanted or needed, when I picked up this book, was an Author to tell me another complex ritual, or action that I had to take, that was hard to follow through over the long run. After all, I can motivate myself without any problem over a short period of time – I am looking for something that will keep me going when that initial burst of energy wears off, and I would rather spend the next few hours watching Marvel movies.
My Thoughts On The Book:
Self-Discipline for Writers basically contains the usual standard self-help information, but with a twist: it is packaged so that it will fit the process of writing in particular. Which is why I do find it useful, but not earth-moving. This is probably because I read a lot of self-help book, which means, that it seems at times like they are repeating the same stuff over and over again, just packaged differently a lot of times. There is merit in that though. Explaining a concept, even if widely known in a different way, maybe exactly the way a reader needs to hear certain information, in order for it to be transformational. I have had that experience more than once, even if it was not the case while reading this book.
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However, I did enjoy the fact that this book is without any fluff. I am with the Author here – there is a lot of rambling going on, and a lot of storytelling when it comes to self-help books, which distracts often from the simple message of how to improve whatever aspect of life you are currently working on.
Quick Book Summary And Highlights
- The Author states that, if you don’t enjoy the process of writing, then you are not going to be motivated to write. (while I truly enjoy the writing process, this will not necessarily apply to all bloggers, and especially content marketers, who have to produce a lot of content, but not necessarily enjoy the process of writing – for them, it is a necessary evil, but it often shows in the amount of content or quality of content, they produce)
- The more you enjoy the subject you are writing about, the more smoothly it will flow (a sentiment, I highly agree with)
- Don’t fall into the trap of believing that writing with the motivation of money is a bad thing – it is easier to be creative when your needs are met.
- choose a niche, that you love to read, and that flows easier for you – that does not mean that you can not change your genre later, but start with what suits you now.
- if money is your motivation, make sure that you don’t choose a genre that has a too small of an audience (or too broad of one)
- read a lot in your genre, and note what you specifically like or dislike about these types of books
- use the frameworks and structures of the writing as a framework, to ease your ability to produce your work, but do not become a slave to them
- develop a solid work ethic – daily work count/hours, avoid burnout by being realistic,
- create writing routines (a good book about forming and sticking to habits and routines is Atomic Habit, which I highly recommend!)
- find the best – most productive writing time that works for you – not for what works for others! (I also thought this was important to note. Everyone’s life is different and therefore there should not be a specific time, you force yourself into writing, just because someone said that you have to work early in the morning to produce your best work. If you are not a morning person, don’t participate in the #5amwriting community on twitter!)
- Create a pre-writing ritual – something that tells your brain now that it is time to write
- don’t edit while writing (such a simple tip, but such an important truth!!!!)
- overcome your limiting beliefs – such as the myth of age, gender, background, and turn them into your assets
- manage your energy level, by paying attention to your health, your diet, your sleep, and other factors that can impede or improve your ability to perform at your best level of energy.
- be aware of your reasons behind writing in the first place, and revisit those reasons often
- eliminate the contact with naysayers, by not talking about your book project whenever possible (of course, that is outside of your actual support groups, such as a writer group, or the one person you can talk to about everything. However, this group should be small, because the larger amount of people you tell, the larger the chance is, that you will encounter people who will work against your best interests, even if they think they have your best interest at heart – this is important with every project you engage in, not just writing)
- limit the number of projects that you work on at the same time
- create a system where you can keep your ideas (carry a notebook, or have an app, that you can write on and dictate to, on the go)
- remember to treat your writing career as a business (the rest of the book deals with business practices that make a lot of sense, but not much about the discipline of writing a book)
One of the aspects of Self-Discipline For Writers, that I really enjoyed was that each chapter ends with a small summary of the main points, which makes it very useful as a quick reference guide. I wish more non-fiction authors would follow this example
4 out of 5 Stars
What is your biggest hurdle to staying motivated while working on your writing projects, may it be blogging or writing a book? I am looking forward to hearing from you!