Motivation matters – Wendy H. Jones / #Extract #BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @WendyHJones

 

Has your motivation to write flown out of the window? Do feelings of self-doubt creep in and haunt your writing day? Looking for a way to beat the doubts into submission?

Award winning author and writing coach Wendy H. Jones shows you how, with 366 glorious exercises you can use to boost creativity and change the way you think and feel about your writing. Techniques that can easily be incorporated into your day, becoming part of your writing routine.

It’s time to change the way you think and feel, in order to set your creativity free.

Has your motivation to write flown out of the window? Do feelings of self-doubt creep in and haunt your writing day? Looking for a way to beat the doubts into submission?

Award winning author and writing coach Wendy H. Jones shows you how, with 366 glorious exercises you can use to boost creativity and change the way you think and feel about your writing. Techniques that can easily be incorporated into your day, becoming part of your writing routine.

It’s time to change the way you think and feel in order to set your creativity free.

 

Extract
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INTRODUCTION

As a writer myself, I know how important motivation is to the writing process. Yet, recently I have heard many writers, of all stages of the journey, say they just can’t get motivated to write. Their get up and go seems to have not only got up and gone but emigrated. I can understand this. Life in modern times seems to be crazy busy and oftentimes writing can seem like an uphill battle.

People often ask me, “How do you get so much done? How do you stay motivated?”

These are both good questions and I intend to answer them. Firstly, I should explain, I am writing this introduction on the Island of St Kitts in the Caribbean. Currently on a cruise, I have stopped for lunch ashore. Now at the coffee stage, I am choosing to spend my time writing for fifteen minutes, bathed in glorious sunshine. This is not a bid to make you jealous but to explain what motivates me to spend time writing rather than soaking up the view. I should point out, before you accuse me of wasting an extremely nice holiday, I did watch the world go by whilst I actually ate my lunch. My motivation is knowing this book is needed. That it will help you, the writer.

And help you it will. The tried and tested strategies in this book will motivate and inspire you to pick up a pen, or crack open your laptop, and write. It will allow you to think differently and give your writing a much-needed kickstart. Think of it as your very own motivational bomb. The friendliest, and most helpful, bomb you will ever meet, so get ready to detonate an explosion in your brain.

EXAMPLE EXERCISE

Today’s exercise involves making a cup of coffee and drinking or at least sipping it. Yes, really. Read on, as there’s more to it. I promise, this will help you find your writing mojo. It’s not often I promise something. It can get you into all sorts of bother.

For those of you who already drink copious amounts of coffee, you may be thinking, this is a complete waste of time. Firstly, change the blend/strength/type of coffee you use. For those of you who wouldn’t touch coffee if it was the only drink available, go with me here. At least make, or order, a cup of coffee. It will be worth it.

So, here’s the thing, don’t just drink the coffee. Or stare at it as the case may be. Notice everything “about it – presentation, colour, amount, the steam rising from it. What do you see? How does the coffee in front of you make you feel? Now smell it. What does it remind you of? Again, how does it make you feel? What are your thoughts? Take a sip. Savour it – taste, sensation, texture. Then swallow, again noticing the flavour, sensation, heat, in fact anything about it.

This exercise will help you in two different ways. Firstly, it enhances observational skills, which will help you strengthen your writing. Secondly, the difference in taste and the new experience will send distinctive signals to your brain telling it today is different. So, smell the coffee and get started.

Thank you, Wendy H. Jones and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author
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Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy, she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

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