Motivation Secrets for Writers
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Motivation Secrets for Writers

How to escape your mental fog and finish your writing project
5.0 (1 rating)
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Created by D.L. Hughes
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The psychological causes of lack of motivation
  • The social causes of lack of motivation
  • Why lack of motivation is an attack on your future
  • Why just wishing for success kills motivation
  • The one thing you do that keeps you from success
  • The 5 stages of motivation and how you can use each to your advantage
  • Why the "dangling carrot" of motivation generally works against you
  • The most important secret of motivation
  • How specific motivation techniques can help you if you know the secret
  • How to stay motivated
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  • A yearning to write, but a feeling of crippling mental lethargy
  • Confusion about how to escape the creative fog
  • A willingness to change

What if you could break out of your lethargy and complete the book you’ve dreamed of writing?

Most writers face a problem with motivation. Sometimes it’s called “writer’s block,” but we all know how it feels. There is a burning desire to complete a book manuscript, but an invisible barrier seems to appear. It becomes impossible to break through the barrier to reach your writing goals.

In a perfect world, you’d be able to cut though the cloud of resistance and write with simplicity and clarity. In that world, you’d have to set an alarm to tell you you stop writing, rather than struggling with every paragraph as you might now being doing.

This course will help you think about your lack of motivation in new ways, and provide a method to do something about it. It’s designed primarily for writers, but you’ll find yourself applying the principles in all areas of your life. You’ll learn:

  • What motivation is and why we all need it.
  • How people replace motivation with false ideas and then just hope for the best.
  • A 5-step Plan to bring you from where you are now in your lack of motivation, to where you what to be as a highly motivated person.
  • How you how you can turn your worse motivational enemy into your best friend.
  • How you can remain in a highly motivated state with little effort.
  • The secret of how you can mobilize your inner factors to reach your writing goals.
  • Motivational techniques to use to support you new high motivation profile.

After you complete this course, you’ll have a new perspective on motivation. You’ll have to tools to become a highly motivated person.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any writer who feels stuck
  • Any author who wants to break free and complete their book or other writing project
  • Any other creative person who is blocked and needs to overcome their inertia
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Getting Started Right
2 Lectures 08:09

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Preview 02:18

Some people have mistaken ideas about what motivation is. I clarify what it and why it is so important to your success.

Preview 05:51
Barriers to Motivation
4 Lectures 27:34

Can you wish your way to success? If so, everyone would be motivated to succeed. This lesson explains why "wishing" kills real motivation.

Wishing Is Not Enough

Many people think everyone is against them, so they don't even try to succeed. Their lack of motivation is rooted in a misunderstanding about themselves, others and society in general. In this lesson  I point out how people are able to overcome adversity and be motivated to succeed on a personal level.

Will Your Motivation Be Rewarded?

"We have met the enemy and he is us." That's a famous cartoon quote. It's true, your biggest enemy to motivation is within you. I explain why that's true and what you can do about it.

A Familiar Voice

Breakthrough Motivation Strategies
4 Lectures 26:29

Motivational science says you do not hop from being unmotivated to being motivated. There are 5 stages you progress through to a state of full motivation. I add a little more fun to the learning process by identifying each stage with an animal. It makes each stage easier to identify and remember.

Five Stages to Maximum Motivation

In this lesson I take the animal metaphor one step further. I explain why you must "Be the Elephant" if you want to remain motivated. You may want to think about eating a peanut when you feel like giving up after you view this fun but important motivation lesson.

Be The Elephant

What truly motivates people? Is it outer factors like a dangling carrot (or other food, alcohol or drugs) or is it inner factors, part of your being as a creative person?  In this lesson we become aware of the relative value of each type of motivation.

Inner and Outer Factors

Face it, if motivation techniques worked, you would not be stuck. We have all; tried them and they never seem to last for long. However, they CAN work if you use them correctly. This lesson unlocks the secret to benefiting from techniques and offers a few of the best  ones.

Motivation Techniques
Key Ideas to Turbocharge Your Motivation
2 Lectures 11:53

Do you know what cyberloafing is and how it can kill your motivation? This lesson explains what it is and how you can avoid it.

Cyberloafing: Deceptive Self-Sabotage

Getting motivated is just part of the job. The biggest secret to motivational success is how to stay motivated. This less is a course summary that highlights the key ideas you should remember to stay motivated.

Stay Motivated - Summary
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1 Lecture 01:14

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About the Instructor
D.L. Hughes
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Author, Editor, Publisher and Educator

D.L. Hughes is genuinely interested in helping students reach their writing and personal goals. Your success is important to him. 

He has over 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, publisher, educator, and business owner. Don’s education and experience include:

⦁ A bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, including an M.A. degree in Communications.
⦁ Served as an editor for a national book-selling industry magazine.
⦁ Taught writing and media subjects at conferences and colleges, both overseas and in the U.S.
⦁ He was named to Outstanding Educators of America.
⦁ Traveled to 31 countries as an NGO journalist.
⦁ Worked for book publishers and has been the CEO of his own independent publishing company for over 24 years.
⦁ Mentors writers and edits books through Author Services at his web site.
⦁ His diverse portfolio includes public relations writing, advertising copy writing, news writing, magazine articles, technical writing, fiction books, nonfiction books, book ghostwriting, documentary film scripts, course content, multimedia scripts and online content.

Don’s interests are far-ranging and today he writes and edits books, blog posts and presents courses and seminars on a variety of topics. He is based in Southern California.