Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Writing Motivators by Glenn Haggerty

Motivation—I think that once you have the writing—storytelling bug, you have to write. Sure there are times I am discouraged, frustrated, and stonewalled. But once the pain wears off, all it takes is a little inspiration and . . .

10 Writing Motivators for Me

1. Reading books that I really like by other authors—Andrew Klavan has had a big impact on me—but there are so many great books out there, I’d leave too many out if I started listing them all!

2. A good night’s sleep.

3. Exercise. I often get some great ideas and insights as I ride my stationary bike.

4. A quiet, comfortable place to let your imagination roam.

5. Turn the phone off, and file the to-do lists for the day.

6. Great coffee is a must, strong and dark roast but with cream and sugar. Our Keurig makes a fast fix, but if I’m desperate, a shot of espresso and hot chocolate in a cup of skim milk will stimulate my creativity or power me through writer’s fatigue.

7. The majesty of creation. A starry night, a quiet forest, waves lapping on the shore and an endless horizon. A trip to the Arboretum, and if they are accessible, mountains, deserts, rivers and streams.

8. Prayer. Definitely.

9. A blank writing pad, or in my case, a blank word document in which to noodle, doodle and brainstorm.

10. And for me, Bible study. This impels me toward God’s perspective and helps me see others from His point of view. I also get excited about the unseen world that we encounter through faith.

I love those creative moments where you are in the character’s head and flying through a scene. I also like cleaning up the creative mess and honing the story into something you like. Don’t you?

Do you have any motivational tips to add to Glenn's?


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Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.

You can visit him at http://www.glennhaggerty.com  and reach him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlennHaggertyAuthor, and on Twitter, @grhaggertyjr

Chase, Intense Book 3

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bow-hunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. Soon everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. But he isn’t sure who he can trust, or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here https://books2read.com/u/3yZOW6

And click here to get Escape, the first book in the Intense Series for FREE!  http://www.glennhaggerty.com/my-books/escape/

7 comments:

  1. Great list! I would add music.A movie soundtrack jumpstarts my imagination. This past week, my daughter shared a country song used for weddings and I wrote a bittersweet scene for my current WIP. Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Country songs can have some of the best lyrics for sparking ideas!

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  2. All great ideas! I especially like the "majesty of creation." Sometimes, when I'm stuck, a walk around the park is all I need to jump start my writing motor. Happy Wednesday, all!

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    1. Yes, getting away from the computer is a great way to clear your mind of the clutter and allow those creative thoughts to creep in! Have a great rest of the week, Dora!

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  3. Working in the yard without my ipod and headphones. I just figured out a great scenario for Book 5 of my Blake Meyer series that had been bugging me for weeks. In a couple of hours, I had a great twist to the plot and a big help while cutting down debris from Hurricane Irma (YES!!! We are still feeling the effects of that storm here).

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