Spotlight on Motivation! How do you keep writing…

The last few weeks I’ve covered some things to think about before you submit that manuscript you’ve been working on for the last ________ (fill in the blank: month, year, decade). These tips have probably given you ideas to take into your next rewrite or maybe confirmed you really are ready for submitting. But regardless of where you are in the writing process, there is one thing we writers all share.

The need to stay motivated.

Motivated to finish the first draft of our manuscript.

Motivated to do rewrites.

Motivated to tackle the submission process.

Motivated to keep writing while you wait for your agent to (hopefully!) find your manuscript a home.

Whether it’s your first book (screenplay, stageplay, short story) or your tenth, we all have moments when we think, why am I putting myself through this?

This month I’ll spend some time exploring ways to keep you moving forward with your writing career. Whatever “career” means to you.

Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.