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There are times when we truly need to heed our own advice. Have you ever known what to do, how to do it, and when, yet you completely balked at taking on the task at hand? I know this scenario stands as something with which writers often struggle. In my particular case, the malady presents itself on a number of fronts.

One writing issue I wrestle constantly is keeping this blog going with fresh content. I’m good for a few months, then I am sporadic a few months. The issue does not lie with a lack of content. Oh no. There are more topics on which to write about writing and publishing than I could ever cover. This issue becomes consistency.

Another challenge I’ve accumulated happens to be the “stacked up manuscript syndrome.” This malady comes from a reticence to roll up my sleeves and get into the nitty gritty of rewrite and edit. Currently, I possess two fully written poetry books, two books of short stories, one sci-fi novel, and a book addressing the “mindset of writing.” Count them. Six completed manuscripts. Am I becoming a manuscript hoarder?

I’m writing this post because I just worked through rewrites on the first nine pages of the writing book. I’ve established a beachhead and I want to continue. Sometimes, placing your foibles out to the world helps motivate you to keep moving forward. Also, if I’m doing this, I’m sure there are other writers in the same boat. The crazy aspect to all this is that I believe these books contain some of my finest writing ever! Go figure…

The upside to getting into the rewrite/edit phase with these books is that I should be able to release quite a few books in the coming months. That will be a welcome trend. I am currently writing two manuscripts to add to this lot. I’m stepping into writing heaven!

I currently have three Coaching slots open if you need help getting your book written, rewritten, edited, or published. The clients who I’m currently working with have inspired me to take care of my own writing house! I love it when I help people get their books written. I also love it when I get my own done! LOL!

Keep writing! I sure am!

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I’ll Work Hard to Not Make This About Death…

Michael Ray King 300dpiLife cycles. We’re born. We live. We die.

Depending on who you speak with, we do or do not have any say in our birth. Depending on who you talk to, we do or do not have any say on when we die or that our “worldly” death is “real” or “the end.” I’m not going to make a call on either of those, mainly because my view is just as viable as anyone else’s.

That in-between part, though, is something to deal with. Imogene Coon died a couple years ago. I just learned of this recently. I am saddened as I remember her as a vibrant 6th-grade teacher at Dunbar Elementary School. She was wise, kind, and an excellent teacher. At twelve years old I never dreamed I would be thinking of her 46 years later, much less that she would be dead.

Our lives intersected for that one year. That was it. But now, in a manner of thinking, they’ve intersected again. I wonder what went on in her life. I wonder what joys and sorrows passed through her heart. I wonder if her years of teaching were rewarding. Yes, I do wonder if she remembered me at any point, or was I lost in the hundreds and hundreds of students who passed through her classrooms.

As the title states, I’ll work hard to not make this about death. But what I will do is make this about time and accomplishment. No matter what perspective you have on birth and death, while in this mortal body, we own expiration dates. The question becomes, in my mind, what are we to do? What am I to do?

This morning I picked a book up off my bookcase a began reading. This is a book I have not read in 50 years. Yes, that places me in about the 2nd or 3rd grade. The book was written in 1936. I remember adoring this book as a child. Something about the stories in it captured me and planted seeds of the joys of reading in my soul. Somehow the book survived a half century of moves and opportunities to be destroyed or lost by my own children growing up.

I realized this morning that none of my children ever got the chance to read it. I wonder if they would have loved it as I did. I am saddened they missed the opportunity. I’ve read the first 51 pages and I am enjoying the experience once again.

This is a writer’s blog, and yes, I am getting to my point. A good number of my teachers and even classmates are no longer with us in this life, at least in the tangible, mortal bodies. Did all these people whom I cared for and intersected with, accomplish their goals? Did they keep striving throughout their lives? Did illness rob them of their final years? Were they satisfied with their scope of accomplishments or were there many things left undone.

I’m sure my good friend Humberto, who died young in his thirties, did not accomplish all he set out to do. I look at my life, and if I live to be 100, I could never accomplish what I desire to accomplish. This can cause debilitation. Depression. Demotivation. A sense of hopelessness.

What I personally do with what time remains in my life I own. No one else. I either step up and make things happen, or I waste away in apathy and slothfulness and underachieve. Does this matter to the world? Absolutely not. 100 years from now, no one will care. Hell, I likely will not be mentioned or thought of again on planet earth. I will be lost among the uncounted humans who lived and died in the century after my death.

But this does matter to me. And possibly some of the folks around me with intersecting lives. Imogene Coon impacted me all those years ago. So did my friend Humberto and so many others. So did Professor Pat Urbas who encouraged me to take on “writing as a vocation” in 1979. I cannot discount the fact that I am intersecting with people daily. As do you.

What are we passing on, and are we actually helping people? How much of what I desire to accomplish in the days remaining me will I actually pursue?

My view stands that we each own a story. Most likely many stories. Many of us get to the place where we desire to pull these stories out from within and share with the world. I know I like to think of writing as somewhat of a form of immortality. This most likely will not happen in the sense that 100 years from now no one will even know I existed, but the key factor for me is that I know, and I have something to say.

Fortunately, I am not alone in this view. Countless millions desire the same. Should you be one of those people, take heart. You will most likely reach a point where you realize you will never be able to accomplish everything in life you desire. This is no cause to give up or surrender. This is every reason to step out, bold, intent, and motivated to make as much impact on your life and your words as possible.

After all, Imogene Coon taught me that peer pressure and honesty are two very powerful aspects of life and I need to heed this knowledge and make excellent choices. Humberto taught me many things, as I hope I taught him some as well. Humberto taught me a level of integrity at around fifteen-years-old that I strive to carry with me at all times to this day. And Pat Urbas. She inspired me. She breathed a dream into me that last day of the semester at WV Institute of Technology in 1979.

I had a bit of a college crush on her. She was beautiful. Intelligent. Then, to top it all off, she loved the first real short story I recall writing. She loved it so much, she told me to pursue my talent. She was able to feel the passion I developed writing “A Race Against Love.” She saw something in me and took the time to pass on her observation. She will live on in me as long as I possess the breath to tell people.

Those 100+ people who’ve written books through my help actually perpetuate Par Urbas even if they do not realize it. Even though I mention her in most every writing workshop I facilitate, they never met her and won’t remember her name. The seed she planted, however, lives on through me and I have been able to plant 100’s of seeds so far with hopefully 1000’s to come.

The book I’m reading from my childhood is titled, “If I Were Going” by Mabel O’Donnell and Alice Carey. They planted seeds. They blossomed in my young self and delivered a joy for reading. Imogene Coon and Humberto are dead, yet they live within me. Part of who I am grows from them. Pat is still here and so am I. I’m not sure what she is doing, but her teaching and encouragement live in me as well.

Most writers I know, hell, all of them, struggle to write at times. We suffer from all manner of psychological and emotional issues which vex us and work to deter us from our desire to write. My most fulfilling work of my entire lifetime is spent helping people overcome these issues and get their books written. This is my joy, my passion, and one of my primary motivations in life. We each possess the ability to make our choices to write. Most of us need some help, motivation, inspiration and encouragement. That’s one of the reasons I’m here.

I challenge you. Whatever your beliefs about birth and death to me are immaterial. What about where you’re at right this moment? What about your LIFE? What about your dreams and aspirations?

I encourage you to get your stories out of you. Share with the world. Help build something through words. If you’ve made it this far through this post, you must be a reader and most likely a writer looking for something to hold on to. You can write your book/story/essay/poem/screenplay. The question becomes, will you? If you need help, that’s what I’m here for. Check out my site. Michael Ray King

Whatever you do, please make certain you don’t leave your best undone. That’s where I’m at. I may not be able to accomplish everything I desire, but I will not leave my best work undone. Whether that work is mine or helping someone else accomplish their best work is immaterial. Write your stories and thrill to their highs and lows, their ebbs and flows, and have them sing to the world in the manner that pleases you. You can do this.

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Writing Made Easy…

GoWrite_logo_green“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

~ Richard Bach

I desire to free your creativity like no one ever did. I truly crave for you, the wings of passion for your writing. In order for you to get there, you must throw off all the naysaying voices of your life. The voices that whisper you must be more than you are. The voices that scream you stand insignificant in comparison to others. The voices that flatly state you must possess some sort of degree or pedigree in order to write your book.

Check out Mr. Bach’s quote. For my money, this quote stands as the most amazing, freeing, motivation truth I’ve found in writing. As long as you don’t give up, you will make it. Take note that he did not say, ““A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t think about quitting.” Yes, sometimes you wonder about this craft called writing.

Writing is a passion, a desire, a need. The cool thing is that as long as you stick with it, keep moving forward, keep pressing your talent, your craft, your marketing in a progressive fashion, you will become a professional writer.

The more you write, the better you get. Writing truly follows that path. Want to become a professional writer? Don’t give up.

The writing industry is tough, no doubt. The business of writing kills more great authors than I care to think about. Understand that writing is a vocation. Writing is a paid skill. With that comes a business side you must develop. I do not know of a professional in any field that has not had to deal with the business side of their work. Don’t allow that to detract from your dream. Allow yourself, give yourself permission, and strive for your professional piece of the writing experience.

Bach nailed this directly on the pen, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Do you feel like an amateur? Keep with it. Keep writing. One day, you won’t…

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Writing Motivation

Broken Wine GlassForget New Year’s resolutions to write. Write for yourself.

In many respects, I should leave this post with those two simple sentences. Truly, no more needs be said if you understand the reasoning. Developing the reasoning appears elementary to me, but for some reason, I sense there is a need for some writers to hear why.

Please remember, my blogs and statements on writing come from my experience, not yours, so we very may well differ. My view of writing roots itself in self. When we attempt to externally motivate ourselves, we sign on for motivations and inspirations which circumvent our internal views. Writing is indeed a solitary endeavor. The ability to motivate and inspire yourself becomes quite critical.

Relying on external factors to get yourself going can be a stop-gap solution, but long term, this will fail with most writers. The inspiration and motivation to write comes from within. Creativity needing to burst forth comes from within. Accessing your internal triggers to get moving on your writing must come from within.

Knowing yourself becomes crucial, does it not? Knowing who you are, what your life experiences are, and what you wish to write should be of importance to you. Otherwise, I’ve found it easy to get lost when creativity needs to flourish.

When you write for yourself, you connect to those places deep inside that need exposure. Most often, these places find proximity to the root of your desire to write. Whatever the subject, somewhere inside you is the essence of why you wish to write it, how you wish to write it, and with what passion you wish to write it.

Writing as a mere New Year’s resolution can help spur you on down the line, but somewhere you will need to get in touch with yourself, your subject matter, your passion, and write something real. Forced writing tends to come across to the reader as forced writing. Why not circumvent years of frustration and cut to the chase?

Motivate yourself from your life experiences. Get yourself going by taking on the responsibility for nurturing your creativity internally. Using an external motivation like a New Year’s resolution may be a catalyst or jump start to writing, but my experience has been that attempting to maintain a writing motivation like this invariably ends with a loss of interest or momentum due to being invested solely on the basis of something outside yourself. Write because you love to write. Write because it’s in your blood. Write because you must.

Writing off a “to-do list” or a checklist will most likely not be sustainable. Desire to write your book drives a writer over the long haul. This is where the magic is for a writer. The first draft challenge of getting your book out of your heart and into reality should fire you up. Belief in yourself and your ability to free the book inside you fuels motivation, inspiration and passion.

Keep yourself in tune with your writing by understanding that your inner writing voice will carry you. Place confidence in yourself. If you need a New Year’s resolution to get started, fine. Just don’t rely on that resolution to carry you. Finding your inner confidence and motivation will serve you much better…

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