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Motivate Your Writing!
Using Motivational Psychology to Energize Your Writing Life
Stephen P. Kelner, Jr.

University Press of New England



Contents

• Motivation and Writing--So What?
• MOTIVATION: WHY PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO

• What Is Motivation? - Extrinsic Motivation - The Motives
• Identifying Your Own Motives - Motive Imagery - The Need for Achievement - The Need for Affiliation - The Need for Power - Practice Scoring for Motive Imagery
• The Achievement-Motivated Writer - Characteristics of Achievement Feedback - Dealing with Writer’s Block
• The Affiliation-Motivated Writer - Characteristics of Affiliative Feedback - Dealing with Writer’s Block
• The Power-Motivated Writer - Characteristics of Power Feedback - Dealing with Writer’s Block
• The Writer with Multiple Motives
• Discovering Motives Using Reality Testing - Motive-related Behaviors - Identifying your motives worksheet
• MOTIVATION: WHY PUBLISHED WRITERS DO WHAT THEY DO
• Motives, Readers, and Writers - Motives and Reading Matter - The Research - But what about me?
• Being Overmotivated
• HOW WRITERS SEE THEMSELVES
• Where Writers Are Coming From - Values (and motives) - Self-image and Social Role: Thinking about yourself as a writer - The Background of Writers: Where do they come from?
• Assessing Self-Image - Using the Writer’s Self-image Sort - Fooling the Watcher - “Can I write on demand?”
• The Impostor Syndrome:“Am I Really a Writer?”
• Attribution Theory - It’ll never be like this again
• The Problem-Solving Model: Inside a Motivated Thinker - The Problem-solving Model in Easy Stages
• CREATIVITY
• Motivating Your Creativity
• The Seven Deadly Myths of Creativity - Heredity - The Muse - Solitude - Discipline - Similarity/The "Right" Way - Completeness - Worthiness/Belonging - Forget the Myths
• GOAL SETTING
• Overview of Goal Setting - Muddlin' Through - Direction and Domain - Rational Goals
• Goal Issues: Finding Your Balance Point - Different People Need Different Goals - "Challenging" and "Realistic" Depend on your Perceptions - The Balance Point Changes Based on External Issues - The Balance Point Changes Based on Internal Issues - Give Yourself Flexibility in Your Goal Setting - Summary of a Good Goal - Examples of Things You Can Influence for Goals
• THE PROCESS OF WRITING: HOW IT WORKS, WHAT YOU DO
• Styles of the Creative Process - Mozartian and Beethovenian
• Steps in the Writing Process - Generating Ideas - Identifying a Topic - Plotting - Researching - First-draft Writing - Editing - Rewriting
• Parts of the Work - Beginning, Middle, and End - The Beginning - Starting Your Flow - Sitting Down and Warming Up - Getting to the Beginning - Jotting Down Ideas - Freewriting - Outlining - Plotting - The Middle - Natural Breaks - Rewriting - Approaching the Denouement - The End - The Next One
• Motivate Your Selling! - Getting an Agent - Getting Past Rejection - Changing Strategies Over Time - Self-confidence
• DEVELOPMENT: MANAGING AND CHANGING YOURSELF (AND YOUR WRITING)
• Demotivators - The Environment in which You Write - Other People
• Superstitions
• Recharging Your Motives
• Motivate Your Learning - Basic Principles of Personal Change
• Workshops - Benefits of the Workshop - Dangers of the Workshop - Small Group Research - Things to Watch - Case Study: The Cambridge Science-fiction Workshop - A Picture of a Successful Workshopper
• When You are Not Writing
• Support Systems - What is Your Network? - A Far From Complete List of Writer's Organizations
• Changing Your Motives - Set Your Values - Do Your Research - Find Your Reinforcers - Find Your Sources of Feedback - Find Your Potential Obstacles - Changing Your Motives: The Actual Process in Detail
• Last Words - Long-term Results - If All Else Fails
• APPENDIXES
• Appendix A: Discovering Your Motives Using the Picture Story Exercise - Reality Testing Your Motives on the PSE - Checking Motives Using Doodles
• Appendix B: Case Studies - Case Study #1: Science fiction and mystery writer - Case Study #2: Mystery writer and technical writer - Case Study #3: Science fiction writer - Case Study #4: Thriller writer
• Appendix C: Sample Development Plans - High achievement, low power, low affiliation - High power, low activity inhibition (self-control), low achievement, low affiliation - High affiliation, low power, low achievement - High achievement, high affiliation, low power
• Further Read

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