Motivation for Writers – Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Writing Muse

Finding the motivation to write is a constant struggle, even for writers who earn a living from writing! What roadblocks do you face? Fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of time, rejection sensitivity, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, impatience?

You’re not alone, my friend.

“Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” ~ Erica Jong.

Helping writers find “the dark place” is why I wrote 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Muse: How to Write When You Don’t Wanna, or Think You Can’t.  It offers solutions to most obstacles, with practical tips and inspirational wisdom from professional freelance writers, novelists, journalism professors, and other successful scribes. This ebook also offers “quick quips” from published authors (because quips and tips are what I’m all about!).

Here’s what one reader says:

“After reading your e-Book I am totally charged! It’s motivational, easy to read, and speaks directly to me and every one of my writing angsts and blocks – your energy vibrates off the page. It’s like having you personally talking to me, telling it like it is and encouraging me on. It spoke to so many of my blocks – and I credit it with firing me up after being on simmer for so long.” ~ Maggie R.

I love it — that’s exactly what I was hoping would happen!  If you’re struggling to achieve your writing goals, this book will help…

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In this ebook, you’ll find:

  • 15 obstacles – common to most writers – that block a productive writing life or career.
  • 73 tips for overcoming obstacles from freelance writers, published authors, journalism professors, & other successful scribes.
  • Dozens of thought-provoking quips from famous authors.

You’ll learn practical ways to bypass various roadblocks: no time to write, fear of rejection, reluctance to waste time on a project that may never get published, not feeling good enough, lack of self-discipline, procrastination, perfectionism, disorganization, work and life commitments, online distractions, offline distractions, internal distractions, external distractions, lions and tigers and bears – oh my!

You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t work, and why.

Each chapter in this ebook can stand alone; you don’t necessarily need to read it from top to bottom. You can choose the obstacle that plagues you from the Table of Contents and dive right in. You can save certain chapters until later in your career (such as Chapter 3.5: “5 Things to Do While You Wait for Publication”).

And the best part is, you can re-read it whenever you need a “booster shot” in one particular area (because obstacles come and go over time).


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If you have any thoughts or questions on motivation for writers or “firing up the muse”, please comment below…

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4 thoughts on “Motivation for Writers – Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Writing Muse

  • Kelli Klampe

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  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen


    Thanks — I’m glad Fire Up the Muse was so helpful to you! You made my day 🙂

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  • Maggie R

    Thank you, thank you, yet again for Fire up (or Just Fire) the Muse!

    I bombed on a 10-minute timed writing at my writing workshop last night. “Everyone” but me produced imaginative, free-flowing pieces from the prompt “I Remember When.” Memory stalled – performance anxiety? writing block? – all I could come up with were two awkward sentences. Still cringing with this evidence of my lack, I then went on to stammer and stumble over simple words as I read out the piece of writing I had brought for critique.

    This morning my inner critic informed me I should (1) pack up my writing aspirations; (2) never go back to the workshop group; and (3) stay in bed for the day. Not so fast! I reached for my writing life-line Fire up the Muse which covers this very situation!

    Messages from the Muse replaced the inner critic in my head.

    You mean others go through this as well? And still carry on writing? I was able to uncurl myself from the foetal position and crawl over to my keyboard where the keys are now chattering away.