Five Ways To Stay Motivated When You’re Not Making Progress

Writer’s block is real. Every writer, at one point or another, has experienced this debilitating inability to make any real progress in his or her work.

A lack of progress can be discouraging for anyone, and sometimes it’s difficult to maintain the motivation needed to complete a long project.

If you’re not feeling motivated, it’s not a reflection of your abilities as a writer. Creativity can seem to ebb and flow according to its own schedule, and we all have to find a way to cope with the slow periods in anticipation of the next big spark.

Below are five ways to deal with writer’s block. Whenever I feel less than inspired, I start here.

I hope you can use these same strategies to stay motivated in your own writing when it seems as if you aren’t making any progress.

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To Return Home And Change One Thing

For the past three weeks, I have been on my honeymoon with my wife but sadly our honeymoon has come to an end.

We traveled around New Zealand South Island in a campervan. It was stunning. The landscape is enthralling and magical. From one side of the coast of flat farmlands and Victorian-era buildings to rigid vast mountain ranges stretching through the west coast like the spine of a human body.
This trip was nothing short of my expectations and I can’t wait for the next chapter in our life.

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Return to Order

It has been  a while since I’ve posted on my blog. The school holidays filled my time with countless pages of editing, visiting family up the coast and professional learning days for work.
To be honest, after having time off, I’m struggling to find the rhythm and routine to sit down each morning before the day starts and post on my blog. However, consistency creates order.

I want to thank the people that contacted me to be a beta-reader for my debut novel, A Time of Stones. If you stumble upon this and you’re interested, click here and leave me your details. Contact me. 

Writing is an adventure that frees your imagination, your feelings and your passions. Till I recoupe and regather my routine, here is a quote from Albert Camus about the writing journey and the risk writers endure through their lifetime.

“On the ridge where the great artist move forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk however, and only there, lies the freedom or art.  Like all freedom, it is a perpetual risk, an exhausting adventure, and this is why people avoid the risk today, as they avoid liberty with its exacting demands, in order to accept any kind of bondage and achieve at least comfort of soul. But if art is not an adventure, what is it and where is its justification?”

#DWTSmith #passion

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Seven Beginnings to Avoid in a Novel

Writers dream of the day their book gets published, I dream of the day my debut novel, ‘A Time of Stones’ gets published. It marks the end of a long journey full of hard work, disappointment, and finally success.

Unless you’re self-published, writers will have their work under the nose of a literary agent, who will then determine whether or not a particular story will make it to final publication. Literary agents have their likes and dislikes, preferences that are personal and ones defined by their publishing house. 

There are some strong opinions out there on what NOT to do at the beginning of a story, and here are some things below not to do.
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Whats Goals Did You Achieve?

Last week, I talked about taking the time to celebrate small achievements and how it will give you a sense of accomplishment which will ultimately help tackle your larger goals.

I mentioned I want to share my small achievements with people following my blog and to showcase my progress on a personal level.

Many of us have goals which we strive for, but often times we only celebrate our big accomplishments. However, it’s important to celebrate the small successes just as much as the big ones.

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D. W. T. Smith is Thankful and Inspired

Thank you to my 1000 followers on WordPress and 5K across my social media platform!

I am more than thrilled with the response and overwhelmed by the amount of people interested in my journey.  I am so surprised to see where in the world people have been reading and following my blog. The amount of attention motivates me more to publish my book and get my story into the world of literature.

Thank you to everyone.

#DWTSmith #thankful

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To Build a World, Part Six

Over the weeks, I have been posting segments on fantasy world-building.

Here are the past segments –

  1. How to Build a World, Part One.
  2. How to Build a World, Part Two.
  3. How to Build a World, Part Three.
  4. How to Build a World, Part Four.
  5. How to Build a World, Part Five

This week will be the last segment for the To Build A World Series, and I will be focusing on the Place and setting for fantasy.

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How Goal Sharing Can Finish That Novel

I made a habit to listen to podcasts whilst exercising (click here to see which ones I listen too) but one of my favourite podcasts is,  The Fantasy Fiends Podcast, and each episode they talk about the success or good things, related to writing, that have happened to them since the previous episode.

Taking the time to celebrate small achievements will give you a sense of accomplishment which will ultimately help tackle your larger goals.

At the end of each week and/or month, I am going to celebrate and share my accomplishments unto the virtual world.

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