I have learned to motivate others to get to where I want to go. The more I reach out to help others, the further I find myself down my own path to writing success. Helping others – in that pure of heart helping others and not that devious I plan to get something out of this helping of others – makes a difference in my own life.
Building a successful writing career will NEVER happen alone. You need others around you – motivating, and lifting you up along the way. You build this army for your success by becoming a motivating factor for others.
Learning to Motivate
1. Find someone to mentor. Motivation begins with relationship. Reach out to someone younger or newer to writing. Meet them for lunch or at the library. Be accessible to them so that they will feel comfortable sharing their Work In Progress with you. READ the WIP and honestly encourage them in the process of completing that WIP. Mentoring others can provide you with your own motivation for reaching that next level of writing success.
2. Buy books. Nothing motivates writers more than seeing others enjoy their work. Be sure to get autographs from the authors on your books whenever possible.
3. Attend events sponsored by other writers. Remember, motivation is not about what you will get out of the experience. Attend the events to be a support to those that have invest the effort to put them together.
4. Review what you read on websites (when it will be a positive – 4 star or higher – review). Words of affirmation are one of the greatest motivators a writer can receive. Share a critique directly with the writer instead of posting a negative review if you think the writer will benefit from your thoughts. If the book is not in your preferred genre, then share it with someone that enjoys those types of books and ask them to post a review.
5. Join a writing group – in person or online. Be committed to building and fostering the relationships in those groups.
Motivation begins with relationships. Make an effort in all that you do to think of others first. Push aside the natural selfishness that claims it is “all about me.” Choose, instead, to make others the focus and begin your actions with the idea of “what can I do for you?”
It takes an investment to be in a position to motivate – an investment of time, resources and energy. Count the costs of your choices. Choose better and best. Developing actions that open opportunities to motivate others will help you gain on your own success.