Motivate Your Writing!

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UPNE, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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Aspiring and professional writers alike struggle to stay motivated; in the face of distractions, obligations, and procrastination, the desire to write often fails to become the act of writing. Motivated writers, notes the author, are those who have learned to identify their fundamental emotional drives and who have established a writing routine that satisfies those drives. Kelner draws on the research and insights of motivational psychology to show writers how to harness the energy of these fundamental motivators.

With a degree in motivational psychology, Kelner applies not only his training in the field but also his own original research into the motivational patterns typical of writers. Depending on their motivational profile, different writers will respond best to different kinds of feedback and rewards and will function best in different kinds of environments. Kelner explains the basic drives of power, affiliation, and achievement; he shows how these drives are manifested in a wide variety of behaviors; and he provides self-assessment tools to construct your own motivational profile.

In clear and accessible terms, and with numerous examples and anecdotes, Kelner shows writers how they can identify their own primary drives and use that knowledge to arrange their work habits and energize their writing lives.
 

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Contents

Identifying Your Own Motives
11
The PowerMotivated Writer
27
Discovering Motives Using Reality Testing
35
MOTIVATION
41
Being Overmotivated
49
Where Writers Are Coming From
55
Am I Really a Writer?
66
Attribution Theory
73
Steps in the Writing Process
119
Motivate Your Selling
143
DEVELOPMENT
153
Superstitions
159
Workshops
170
When You Are Not Writing
188
Changing Your Motives
196
Discovering Your Motives Using the Picture Story Exercise
207

CREATIVITY
81
GOAL SETTING
97
Finding Your Balance Point
106
THE PROCESS OF WRITING
113
Case Studies
215
Further Reading
223
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STEPHEN P. KELNER, JR., has a Ph.D. in motivational psychology and is Global Knowledge Manager for Egon Zehnder International, a consulting and executive search firm. He has led numerous workshops for writers at conferences and bookstores based on the concepts in this book.

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