Negative Motivation will get your story written

Do you think about how great your story is? How much you need to get it out into the world? How much money you’ll make? Does it just make you not write?

What!?

Well, maybe you need to be motivated by using the fear of punishment.

Imagine having written something that has gotten you a whole bunch one-star reviews. They’re saying that you got something wrong or that it’s just not good enough. You may even be lucky enough to get a youtube review saying it’s one of the worst books ever written.

But wait, that would mean you would have had to have written something first.

If you haven’t accomplished that goal yet then place yourself in this scenario.

Imagine never finishing even writing that book. Imagine never being the writer you wanted. Imagine that your creative side had been held hostage by the non-creatives of the world.

Feels like shit, doesn’t it?

Well, want to not feel shit? You need to sit down and write something. Use the fear of one-star reviews to force yourself to plot your story that extra bit. Do that twentieth draft, even though you just want to self-publish it anyway. If someone posts a youtube video complaining, then you know that their distaste is because of opinion and not your writing craft.

Use your fear of failure as fuel to light your passion for writing 🙂

Giving myself a pep talk

There are times when I don’t feel so good about my writing despite the fact that a few days earlier I could be completely fine with it. So in the space of a few days what makes me think differently?

Doubt and fear.

  • I’m afraid at times that I won’t achieve my dreams of becoming an author, even though I want to so much.
  • I’m afraid that no matter how much effort I put into my writing, it’ll never be as good as other great pieces of writing.
  • I’m afraid that writing will always be a ‘side hobby’ that I can only do after everything else is done.
  • I’m afraid that my stories wont even live up to my own expectations or that I simply can not express them the way I want to.
  • But most of all, I’m afraid to give up on my passion and dreams as that would be the most terrible thing of all.

But no matter how much I doubt myself or am afraid of the possibilities of my own short comings I push through because I remember you can not pursue success without the possibility of encountering failure. And you can not have success if you are afraid of failure.

After I come out of these periods of doubt I see that my stories aren’t so bad and with each round of editing they are improving. Everyday I am coming closer to publishing my first novel and with the desire to match great pieces of writing I will end up publishing some great pieces of work.