Writer’s block

A Diagram That Motivates – For a Change

motivation - wheel of fortune LEARNINGI read an article today that had a pyramid and went ‘fighting low self-confidence’, so I thought – oh no, another so-very-motivating article that tells you not to give up and leaves you feeling miserable even if you were feeling perfectly fine before you began reading as it meditates about your insecure self-esteem. And so it was at first. But then came the pyramid (I thought, please, just no more Maslow), which turned it all around.
It gave my mind what it needs to keep moving: strategy and purpose. It made the entire writers’ career something that can be grasped, even achieved. Like a bird’s-eye view of all there is to be done. The steps to becoming a successful writer broken down into rungs of a ladder and suddenly they don’t look scary, they look – challenging. Like a plan. If you keep to it and move on, you’ll end up at the end of the road, eventually. Having taken one step at a time.

In fact, I just had to add the diagram to my blog, you can see it in the bottom right corner. (It will also let you know about my steps in the future.)

I had always been a wanna-be, a fan of reading and writing until I became a learner a while ago. I am constantly, strategically extending my knowledge and improving my skills, seeking contact with others in the same shoes, exchanging tips and advice. The next step is a finished novel. Sixth Heaven is in progress and moving forward every single day. As for the multiple novels part, I am not that worried either – the True Story wants nothing but to be written, budging in my head all the time, vampires struggling for attention the angels are getting in their spotlight. As for the rest, well, cross the bridge when you come to it, right?

I won’t make a resolution for taking a step up this year (especially seeing how my resolutions are – not – going). I will just take it. Break down the process, add deadlines, and keep moving forward.

Who else is motivated by strategy more than the ‘just don’t give up’ talk? How far are you up the pyramid yet? Do you find it brilliant, scary or silly?

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Intimidating geniuses

Don’t you find sometimes that reading something truly ingenious and marvellous makes you wonder if you can ever create something that good? Like, my favourite authors and pieces often give me this feeling – especially that my English will, however hard I struggle, never be as good as a native speaker’s (not to mention a professional writer’s).

It must be like that with all kinds of art… or goals, actually. Take my thesis, for instance (burying me alive right now, btw). I’ve found some great sources to use, including a four hundred page PhD paper (focusing on a different market, but that’s beside the point), improved to what is IMHO close to perfection. And it’s a great source, not only of information, but also of motivation to see that the thing can be done so well… and meanwhile, am I the only one who sometimes wonders? Or not exactly wonders, because consciously I know that I shouldn’t care and I should go for my best and what I do is unique anyway blah blah… but the question mark stays right there, hanging in the air.

It may also be because I’m quite a competitive person and pretty much of a perfectionist. So people out there with similar thoughts, how do you cope? Is it only me getting blocked – and inspired – by seeing what is possible?


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