I write about American Idol. I write about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad. I write about new home construction (as a ghost-writer) and making money in luxury real estate (also as a ghost-writer). All this writing and ready-made topics, and at times I still struggle to find motivation.
This summer I’m leaning heavily on the Write Now Coach, Rochelle, to keep me motivated. Today she blogged a tip about managing your social media reputation. In a nutshell, she recommends the following…
- Search for ‘Brand You’
- Set up Google Alerts
- Correct Mistakes
- Create Your Own Content
For more in-depth analysis, check out the full blog entry.
I tell my writing clients I need only 1/2-hour per day to give them blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts full of engaging content and interesting things. But the truth is, I need more than that. I need about a half-hour to get warmed up. Then a few minutes to get energized and get the creative juices flowing. Here’s how I get amped up to write.
- Buy a coffee at a coffee shop.
- Log-on to their Wifi.
- Post a FB status message. Send a Tweet.
- Quick read the very last thing I wrote.
- Lament the fact my best writing is behind me.
- Remember the first rule of comedy writing – your work doesn’t suck.
- Check Twitter and hope for an article about writing to distract me or motivate me.
- Sip coffee.
- Check Facebook.
- See if anyone IM’d me.
- Answer emails not about writing.
- Quick write three ideas.
- Pick out some music to stream while writing.
- Eaves drop on any conversation I can hear in the coffee shop.
- Check the clock and see how much time I’ve wasted.
- Panic a little.
- Refer back to my three ideas.
- Quick make tomorrow’s “to do list”.
- Sip coffee.
- Change music selection.
- Once panic has reached capacity, the panic that comes with realizing you’ve wasted nearly 45-minutes doing and writing nothing, turn that panic energy into writing and launch into writing based on my three ideas.
Panic is what, eventually and finally, motivates me. Any ideas how to fix that? How can you create the sense of panic and the level of creation that comes from panic without actually panicking?
Yup …that’s my writing tip. I’m no Rochelle. But she is, and she’s better than a bout of panic, any day.
Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander is an author,
a certified professional coach, and a popular speaker. Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book
in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) is the 10th book authored by Melander, who
teaches professionals how to write fast, get published, establish credibility, and
navigate the new world of social media. Get your free subscription to her Write Now!
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