How to Stay Focused & Motivated to Get Your Book Done – Part 1

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stay focused and motivated kristen ecksteinIf you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my business coach, Nicole Dean (also a fellow writer for TFOI) challenged me in September 2013 to write and publish a brand new Kindle book every single week for the rest of 2013!

So when I first began to write the Author’s Quick Guide series, I was laser focused and 110% motivated.

My passion for these e-books fueled my energy and drive to crank out over 40,000 words in less than two weeks, and stay on-task with releasing one of these Kindle books every Monday from September through December in 2013.

Needless to say, right around book four in the series, Author’s Quick Guide to Having a Successful Book Signing, I lost my writing mojo in a big way.

In the midst of writing my weekly newsletter and blog article, staying on top of Facebook notifications, running my full-time business, juggling about ten in-progress client’s book projects, managing my new team members, taking over a colleague’s entire publishing business, switching over my affiliate system, multiple coaching calls and JV meetings with my business partners every day, and smack in the middle of all of that, four full days at the beach with my husband, I got to the point I didn’t want to open my laptop, write a single word, or even hold a pen to paper.

Despite all those circumstances hitting within one week, that e-book was written and released on time. So how did I get my mojo back? How did I stay focused and motivated to write that ebook, and all the ones that followed? In this article, I’m going to cover some fun tidbits about your brain and how they affect your ability to write and be creative so you can get your book done.

Right-Brained Environment

Kristen Eckstein Mr. Potato HeadOver the years, I’ve transformed my writing environment and office to be full of bright colors and make it a fun place where I want to spend time. I have a sparkly teal valance over my window (the kind you might see in a college dorm room), an educational primary color rug on my floor like you’d see in a pre-school or day care center and a couch with bright colored pillows.

Plus, I have a giant four-by-eight-foot white board complete with Crayola® dry erase crayons, a bright blue beanbag chair, two giant Mr. Potato Heads filled with parts, and toys and trinkets from my various travels.

Everyone who visits my office wants to come back just for the sheer inspiration they get while being there.

What kinds of colors and knick-knacks (and toys) get you excited? What do you like? If you [pullquote position=”right”]make your writing space a fun place where you want to hang out[/pullquote], it will be that much easier for you to be motivated to write while you’re there!

Left-Brained Activities

Have you ever noticed how your best ideas seem to hit while you’re driving or in the shower? There’s a science to this phenomenon. While your brain’s logic processes are occupied with mundane, routine tasks, it frees up your creative processes to jump in and start generating ideas. Here are some left-brained activities you can do to release your right-brain creativity:

  • Shower—A long shower will help you relax and your creative processes to ignite when you stand under a hot stream of water and let it soak through your muscles.
  • Drive—As you relax while driving, your logical brain functions are occupied with mundane tasks like steering, safety, and watching traffic. This is routine for most of us, so the right brain tends to wander. As you become more relaxed, ideas will hit.
  • Wash Dishes—While you do the dishes, start brainstorming around your creative block. You can do this with yourself, though it works better if you have someone else there to talk to, and someone who can take notes for you since your hands will be all wet. If you’re alone, use a voice recorder or keep a pad and pen handy to jot down those fantastic ideas.
  • Vacuum—This activity is easy to implement and take notes while doing. Vacuum your house from top to bottom. Vacuum all your pillows and furniture as well. When those creative ideas flow, write them down in the notebook in your pocket. At the end of your chore, you’ll have several ideas to get past your current writing block or make your writing even better, and you’ll have a clean house. It’s a win-win!

Play with these activities for the next 30 days and see how they affect your creative blocks. Stay tuned next month for more ways on how to stimulate your mental health and clarity and eliminate the distractions keeping you from finishing your book!

Note: This article is an adaptation of material in Kristen Eckstein’s e-book, Author’s Quick Guide to Staying Focused & Motivated.

Kristen Eckstein
Kristen Eckstein is a highly sought-after publishing authority, multi best-selling author and award winning international speaker who has started over 50 publishing companies and published over 170 books and e-books. In Fall 2013 she challenged herself to write and published a new Kindle book every week for 18 weeks straight.
Kristen Eckstein
Kristen Eckstein

Comments

  1. Nice post Kristen! i really learned from your blog. each and every details of information is valuable, there are lots of things to learn from it. i hope that many people will see this for them to learn, it will help a lot.

  2. Thanks for this post from Kristen about how to stay focused. I do find sometimes if I take a break and do something like clean the house ideas start to flood my mind. I also enjoy taking long relaxing baths as a way of unwinding and refreshing my mind and body after working for a while.
    Blessings,
    Deborah H. Bateman

  3. So glad I found you! great snippet from your e-book. Driving and running usually work best to get new ideas flowing!

    Thanks for your hard work!

  4. Add to the list:

    -gardening
    -exercising (esp. running for me)

  5. Hi !
    I’ve plans to write a book based on my real life experiences and i’m trying to learn as many tips as i can . I’ve noted down your suggestions and will implement them for sure.

    -Pramod

  6. I’ll add one of my favorites (season permitting) to your list of left-brained activities-mowing the lawn. I am blessed to live more or less in the country and it takes me about 1.5 hours to mow with a good size riding mower. Lots of ideas have come my way going back and forth across the yard over the years 🙂

    • Love it, Cheryl. I lived in the country long ago and I enjoyed mowing the lawn for similar reasons. I could just be in my head. I also get a lot of ideas when I’m running or working out.