Lost Motivation for Writing? Tell Me Why to Win a Coaching Session

Lost Writing Motivation? Win a Coaching Session. Makealivingwriting.comHave you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.

That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.

I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feeling drained and unmotivated.

Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.

Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.

And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.

Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do:

Contest rules: Enter to win a coaching session

Shake off that lack-of-motivation-to-write feeling long enough to enter this contest for a coaching session, so I can help you out. Here are the contest rules:

Leave a comment at the end of this post, on Facebook, or LinkedIn (yes, we’re turning comments back on just for this, through Feb. 17.).  Tell me what’s going on and why you think you’ve lost motivation to write.

Once the comment period closes, my team and I will sift through the responses and choose three winners for the following:

  • 1 – 40-minute coaching session
  • 2 – 20-minute coaching sessions

Winners will be announced at the end of Sunday’s blog post (Feb. 18). Then I’ll book the coaching sessions with each of the winners at a time that works for each of us.

When a writer needs help…

One of the worst things you can do when you’re feeling stuck and unmotivated is sit there all by your lonesome and fixate on all the things that are going wrong with your freelance writing.

Don’t do that. OK?

Reach out. Ask for help. Share your concerns with an accountability partner or writing community.

One writer shared the following in the Freelance Writers Den when she needed help with productivity and motivation:

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And you know what? A group of writers came to the rescue with advice, tips, encouragement and motivation to help her keep moving forward.

Lost motivation for writing? Tell me why in the comments section, Facebook, or LinkedIn, for a chance to win a coaching session.

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Winners of “Lost Motivation?” contest: 40-minute coaching session: Emma Lander. 20-minute coaching sessions: Tony Hernandez and Wendy Jacobson.

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49 comments on “Lost Motivation for Writing? Tell Me Why to Win a Coaching Session
  1. When I write about this I sound like I am a whining, frustrated complainer. I hate being that kind of person! This has been an ongoing struggle for me for a long time, years in fact. I stopped being a creative glass artist because of health issues. Yes, I was somewhat successful until the economy changed. I started thinking about making a living online because that is where the experts said the future would be. For my first class I attended a travel writing class. Then I purchased a copywriting program and on and on. Yes, I finished the travel writing class, but have I finished any other course I have purchased and started? No, and that is something I don’t understand about myself? I am a hands-on, physical get in there and do it kind of person. There is nothing in any of these programs that stirs me or sparks me up enough and says Yes, this is what you should be doing. So I question those experts and ask myself everyday is this what I should be doing?
    I find the programs presented by you at the Writer’s Den the most interesting by far and presented in a language I can understand, which is why I have not stopped my membership yet. I am not a computer wizard by any means and sometimes have trouble completing tasks online. I do not like social media and though I am on Face Book I rarely post anything or comment.
    Yes, I do write. My spouse and I are house and pet sitters and we have our own website. We also publish a monthly newsletter related to travel and also to let family and friends know where we are at any given time. I think this is also part of my problem as we are never in the same place for any length of time and it is hard to setup a routine, have a designated time and space specific for the tasks of writing, learning and doing whatever it takes to get beyond this block I have to take that first big step or any step at all.
    So, if you have any suggestions to push me forward I would love to hear them and give myself that kick I so desperately need.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, where to start! Your paragraph about content mills becoming exhausting and stifling creativity really resonated with me. I had plans to start my freelance career a few years ago, and did all the planning (probably too much!) but became too nervous to actually try to get gigs. Various annoying ‘life’ things happened in the middle which took me away from it, then I began again in earnest about a year ago.
    I decided to start with the dreaded content mills because I figured it would be good to get some experience particularly as I think self-doubt and worry about how good I was was hampering me a bit (it still is really). I also started to write a book (which I finished and self-published – yay me!) but I haven’t found the oomph to break out of the content mills yet.
    The trouble is, it really is soul-destroying but it’s safe. The fear of pushing myself forward to try to get some paid writing outside that is somewhat debilitating. I know logically it is stupid, no-one knows who I am so it doesn’t matter if I fail, but still I prevaricate. I finally managed to send out one request for a guest blog, but that was rejected which set me back into self-doubt again, and I can’t get the motivation to try again; it’s easier to keep the status quo and write for the mills (although if I have to write another product description for a replacement car exhaust system I may just explode).
    So now I have a book I would like to promote, another one I want to write, a website that I want to spend more time on to get more of a following, a freelance career to kick start, and having so much I want to do but not being able to decide what or how to proceed (and being a bit scared to) means I haven’t done anything. I think I need to learn a bit of resilience, prioritize, and be brave enough to stop accepting writing for the mills and get out there – and probably someone to push me over the edge into the unknown. (Oh, and I also need to get a handle on the verbosity!)

  3. Brian Adornetto says:

    Motivation and productivity are way down. Last year I sent out pitch after pitch and LOI after LOI, but didn’t receive any positive responses.I took some time off for the holidays hoping to recharge, but returning has only made me feel worse. I just took an in kind/bartering writing assignment to see if it gets my juices flowing or maybe leads to something else. Cash flow is so bad that I’ve been considering going back to office work.

    • Brian Adornetto says:

      Just realized that I listed my old email address on my original post. This post has the new/correct one.

  4. Deena says:

    Hi, Carol.

    I run a blog and the needle isn’t moving in terms of growing my list and making money. I also find that writing posts, courses, and the like (or even just thinking about writing them) is so painful and slow, and I’m overwhelmed by all the moving parts of my business.

    Besides my blog, I work thirty hours a week as a freelance editor.

    Generally, my lack of writing productivity is a combination of overwhelm and fear. Knowing how many different things I have to do just to keep my blog afloat (all of them involving writing) overwhelms me into paralysis. I’m afraid that maybe I just don’t have it in me to do this.

    Thanks for letting me share this with you.

    All the best,
    Deena

  5. Perdita says:

    Writing is the “blood in my veins, the air I breathe, on a hot summer night it’s like a shirt with no sleeves.” I listen to silky soul songstress Angie Stone’s More Than A Woman lyrics almost every day because, on so many levels, it reminds me of life’s possibilities.

    I’ve been blessed with meaningful and enjoyable freelance copywriting projects. Right now, I feel a little overwhelmed balancing life’s many opportunities.

    I’m driving full speed ahead, it’s raining, and my windshield wipers are broken…like not working at all. For me, coaching is screeching into the Ace Hardware parking lot, replacing those wipers, and being able to see the sun is about to shine.

  6. Jessy George says:

    Hello Carol,

    I get discouraged as I do not have much visitors to the sites. 2 people who wanted me to help them pulled back. Then I decided to take a class at the community collage to keep me busy and to kill time as I lost my job. Sometimes I feel like I am not a good writer. Fear needs to go, I would love to get motivated. I know I have to take actions to get results. The lingering fear that no one will like or read is in the subconscious mind.

  7. sana akbani says:

    i want to apply for this job

  8. Geri Spieler says:

    Hi Carol: I’m a huge fan of yours and you’ve helped me a ton. However, I’ve fallen into a slump the past several months when a couple of clients have moved on to other focus and I haven’t been able to replace them. Frankly, I’m just worn out and now have gotten into the routine of not marketing myself at all! The longer I go with just getting by or responding to job boards, the less I’m able to gig up and send out LOI’s or pitch. I need to get back on the wagon, but so far I’m letting the wagon go without me.

  9. Teresa says:

    I’m so unmotivated I can’t even talk about it….

  10. Xander Zweig says:

    Winning something like this would literally be the most useful thing that has ever happened to me. I’m a creative guy, I have always wanted to be a writer but the thing is that I’ve just never had a chance to get some feedback and…well…education…on writing. I guess growing up in rural South Africa on a farm has great opportunities for a wonderful life experience, but not such a useful experience for learning how to share your experiences with the rest of the world. No matter how hard I try, the animals just aren’t responding the same as they do in the Lion King and feedback from there is usually a little scary;)
    Wow, to get an opportunity for some coaching and guidance…that would mean the world to me! Its scary trying to be a writer, especially when you go online and start reading what other people are writing – you feel like a hack in moments – there are such talented people out there that it’s intimidating to even think I would attempt to be in their league.

    BUT…

    I want this so much. So very, very deeply.

    Even right now, it’s 7am…I’m not really awake yet…but I saw this and I knew that if I don’t sit down and write this RIGHT NOW I might lose the chance.

    I don’t just want this…
    ….I need this.

  11. I think I’ve lost motivation due to a lack of ROI and faith in myself. I’ve invested 100’s of dollars and even more hours trying to do well as a writer. It’s been my passion since I was a child.

    But when you’ve spent more than you’ve earned, and your family questions whether or not your goals are realistic, it’s hard to keep trying.

    I’m young, and no matter how many times I have to slide back to square one – I WILL be a successful writer. I will make something of myself. I will succeed at being a young mother and a successful businesswoman.

  12. Samantha D says:

    Motivation is such a four letter word for me right now. That four letter word is “G.O.N.E”.
    I used to be able to sit in front of my computer and feel excited to write, my brain filling up with ideas and energy.
    Then just as quickly…everything just was zapped out of me and I didn’t want to write anymore. As the motivation waned, the self criticisms started getting louder in my mind as well. It’s a recipe for disaster in a continuing cycle that I can not seem to stop sadly.

  13. Lora says:

    I find my motivation tapped when I feel like I am bending over to meet the needs of too many people. My clients, my kids, my husband, my friends. They all seem to want a piece of me, and to an extent, rightfully so — but I’m not doing anything I want to do at the moment.

  14. Lynn says:

    I’ve wanted to be a successful freelance writer for years! What holds me back?

    Fear of social media: Social media looks like a cruel, cruel place. Not only that, but I’m not the chattiest person. I tried Twitter several years ago and hated every moment of tweeting I forced myself to do.

    Fear of face: I have a facial deformity, and putting a profile photo up on my website and on social media (yes) scares the crap out of me.

    Fear of mind-numbing boredom: It seems like the most lucrative freelance writing markets are boring as hell. I’m worried I’ll lose motivation if I’m stuck writing white papers for the city’s sanitation department.

    Help!

  15. Zach says:

    Hi Carol!

    At the beginning of this year, I got more serious about growing my freelance career. I’m working through Escape the Content Mills (which is fantastic, by the way), and although I’m putting real effort into it, I feel like I could be making more effective moves and progress. Do I have a lack of motivation, or is it a fear of commitment? Or am I just being impatient?

    Maybe I’m using the course material as a crutch, telling myself that I need to “learn more” before taking any real actions. I’ve done this before with other online courses – I feel productive because I’m learning, but I don’t progress significantly because I’m avoiding actually putting myself out there.

    As much as I don’t like to admit it, fear may be getting in the way of my motivation. A fear of putting myself out there. A hesitancy to research and reach out to new clients. An anxiety about meeting other freelancers. Fear that I won’t be able to handle more clients and gigs properly. Fear that I’ll repeat similar mistakes I made when I used to be a more active, albeit poorer freelance writer. A fear of failing this pursuit because I’ve experienced failures in the past.

    Even though I’d say that my overall confidence is relatively high, these subtle fears may slowly chipping away at it. The logical side of my brain is aware of this, but my lizard brain may be becoming a setback.

    If I could have a coaching session with you, I’d love to ask you more about creating a strong freelancing mindset. It’d be extremely helpful to chat about achieving clarity in my positioning and holding myself accountable to find new clients.

    Thanks for all that you do for the freelance writing community. I’m learning a lot through your website and courses.

    Thanks!
    Zach

  16. Actually, I like writing. It is still fun and people continue to tell me I should write professionally.
    My issue is with all of the non-writing nonsense one has to go through just to get an opportunity. “They” say I need a web site. For What? What do you put on a web site that makes any sense? “They” say I need to take courses and classes. I do not have hundreds of dollars to take a nonsense class in stuff that really does not have much to do with writing. It is mostly marketing. I HATE MARKETING!!! I have spend enough of these classes. “They” say I should allow other writers to critique my writing. OK. I allowed a group that sounded OK on the surface to evaluate one part of one chapter. Most of the comments were actually good in that round, as I believe I over-edited myself right out of my work. I fixed the things that needed fixing and took the advice of these fellow writers. The next round was absolutely brutal. None of the folks who gave suggestions even bothered to reply, and the new group took such glee in ripping my work to shreds that I just withdrew my membership. For the times I was evaluating someone’s work, I tried to be positive, pointing out the things I really enjoyed, and suggesting things I thought might add a little zing to the story. I would never trash someone’s work.
    Now I am no expert, but I tutor kids and teens on creative writing. It does not take much to unleash the creativity. I encourage them to take an article off of a website and rewrite it so it makes sense, and is at least grammatically correct.
    I currently have a project in the works to create a web site for my kids to “publish” their works. I have outlined a story, and have written a few sample chapters that takes moments in history and bring them alive. Kids travel through history by selecting “doors” into the past, and each door offers a story depicting in as much detail as possible, one significant moment. One chapter is the day the “Emancipation Proclamation” came to the farm where Booker T. Washington’s mother was enslaved. Another is the day when the 1,000th light bulb was connected up in New York City. Each child or class of children is encouraged to select a moment in history, and write about it as if they are standing there watching it happen. When their chapters are perfected, they submit them, and I assign a “door” to them and put them on the web site for everyone to read and be inspired by.
    My idea has been trashed by so-called “experts”, but I tested it out in my own grand children’s schools, and the teachers are positive. I am going out on my own and doing it anyway.
    But, my question remains, why must I go through all of the nonsense just to be able to do what I am good at?

  17. Nina says:

    Disappointed in the freelance rates offered and too much time chasing payments. I’ve been freelancing for almost 20 years but made more back then. Last year I spent time making connections via LinkedIn, which was a waste of time because almost all of them offered next to nothing for payment. Rather discouraged with the ROI.

  18. Alise says:

    I am finding it difficult to get new clients after an extended maternity leave. I did get an assignment from a $1 per word trade magazine lately, but they decided to go another direction which is a bit demoralizing.

  19. K. Lankford says:

    I have been a freelance writer for 20 years and have yet to get to that next level. Now that my daughter is in college (I homeschooled her through graduation), I have the opportunity to reinvent myself and change my identity from that of a homeschooling mom to a professional writer. The problem is, I lack confidence when it comes to marketing and reaching out to others. I have some writing gigs, but I know I have the skill set and ability to command higher paying jobs – I just need help getting there.

  20. Lex says:

    For me, I have returned to writing fiction because when I look through the jobs available, I just don’t know enough about any of the topics besides travel to write something compelling. I don’t feel like I have any qualifications to write for 99% of the topics.

    * I don’t actually need the coaching session and would like to pass it on to the next person if I happen to win.

  21. Li says:

    “Oh, look over there! Shiny! I really should finish that article. Deadline is today, so… but I haven’t worked on marketing. I was supposed to do that first. Is it lunch time yet? I should work out. That’s the most important things. But marketing. I need to find some new outlets. And I was going to send an email to that woman I met at the mixer… I should see if there are other mixers. It’s important to network. Is that a cat video?”

    Repeat.
    Repeat.
    Repeat.

    I know what I need to do, but I’m distracted by “should”ing all over myself, unable to prioritize the many things on my to-do list that aren’t deadline driven but will may mean more money, more free time, and/or greater success. How can I turn away concrete work (the bird in the hand) for birds I’m not entirely sure how to catch? I can pay the bills, but I seem unable to figure out my most effective next steps. Right now, filling out this form, I am wondering if I am wasting time that would be better spent on, yes, completing an article that pays, but not enough.

  22. Coaching Session Entry
    Dear Carol,
    My top 3 writing frustrations are:
    1. Getting validation on having a magnetizing opening
    2. Finding key places to publish
    3. Having regular support and feedback to keep on writing.

    Thank you, julie

  23. Katherine Swarts says:

    I can relate to the “boring topics” point–or, more accurately, to being bored WITH certain topics–with my most active B2B client: at three blog posts a week, their content-marketing department is starting to get into a rut of “every week assigning a topic nearly identical to one we did a month ago,” plus their penchant for requesting keywords (especially geographical ones) with limited obvious relevance to article themes gets on my nerves.

    With B2C writing, what kills my motivation is lack of guaranteed income combined with limited experience in marketing and audience building.

  24. Chris says:

    I have been caring for my spouse for many years and then suddenly, he passed away, right before my eyes.

    Since going through all one does during times like this,I find I’m stuck at a crossroads.

    I truly believe I am a writer capable of making a living doing so, but time and distractions have blurred the journey. I need help getting back on track.

    I’ve been writing 300-400 word articles for Dermatology and Property Management websites through a content mill. The pay is a disgrace and the sense that I am giving away my time and talent,is worse.

    I don’t lack motivation, I lack direction. I could really use professional/coaching help now, more than ever.

    • Lex says:

      Oh … 🙁 If I win, I want my coaching session to go to Chris.

      • Chris says:

        Oh Lex thank you, what a generous gesture, but if you feel capable of writing for travel, why not stick with that for a while until you feel more confident?
        Maybe we need to go to a pitch clinic instead of giving up.
        Don’t give up.
        I’d put a smiley in but don’t know how in this format. Thanks again for your support.

  25. Miss S Benton-Tarry says:

    My motivation is flagging because I am being bullied.

    I am returning to writing after many years – in fact, the internet was in its infancy when I last wrote regularly, and most of my work was offline.

    At the start of this year I gave up my other self-employed/freelance position for personal reasons, but the man who thinks that he ’employed me’ has not left me alone. Because he cannot control me (well he thought he could) he is being nothing short of ‘a nasty piece of work’.

    It’s taking away the very spark of my rekindled creativity, but I am still trying to get re-started.

  26. A.J. says:

    Carol,
    Perfect timing! I am almost five years into my freelance career. I make a decent living at it, and I have enjoyed it so much more than working in the corporate world.
    However, I had a bit of a rough year last year with some family and personal issues. This year, I started out with renewed motivation — until battling back-to-back bouts of cold and flu viruses. That combined with a couple of challenging clients sapped a lot of my motivation.
    I want to find a way to reinvigorate my business and my drive!

  27. Tuve Floden says:

    My plan to be a freelance writer has fizzled out.

    Last year, I built a website, sent out a bunch of pitches, and started getting paid to write. I eagerly soaked up new resources, reading and buying books about writing, listening to writing podcasts, and also signed up for the Freelance Writers Den.

    So what happened? We moved to Armenia.

    Suddenly I was settling in, unpacking, learning my new environment, and adjusting to a new culture. My time writing fell to the wayside. I started a job in event planning and staff training. I enjoy it, but really miss writing. I love when I can write at work, but at home, my passion is gone. Last year’s plan, my positive energy, and my forward momentum are all gone. How can I get my groove back?

  28. Junvi says:

    Hi Carol from a fellow PNWer: I’ve been a professional writer for 6 years now. I still remember the thrilling day I turned in my 2-week notice to my boss, I even bought myself a pretty dress to wear for the occasion.

    Fast forward to now: I scoured your articles and feel like I’m doing many things right. Including working in a well-defined niche (hospitality marketing), charging smart rates ($200 per blog post, $4000/website), and quickly walking away from cheap clients. However, I’ve been through so many periods of famine, when I could have $8000 worth of invoices out, yet only $80 sits in my bank account, as I anxiously wait for checks to trickle in.

    The cash flow situation has driven me bonkers and no matter how much and often I try to save to an emergency fund (when times are plush), I always have to empty it when checks don’t come in in a timely fashion and I need to eat/live/pay for rent and bills. I’ve even had health insurance canceled because I couldn’t pay it on time. I find myself envious of married freelance writers, who have a spouse with a regular paycheck to lean on. I know it’s ridiculous, as I am sure there are thousands of successful single, freelance writers out there. But, that’s just how down I am feeling about the uncertainty of receiving payments on time. These periods of famine have left me feeling depleted, lacking enthusiasm for my entire career. I question doing this my whole life. Am I missing some magic formula for billing/harassing clients? Do I need more retainers? Is it time to get a job? Do I need to move out of Seattle, which is one heck of an expensive city to live in? Oy!

  29. Sue Chehrenegar says:

    I hope that am not losing my motivation to write. I turned down a writing job yesterday. I did not accept it because I was not clear on how much I would get paid. It also expected me to post what I had written on my own.

    This is the second time that I have turned down a job that asked me to post what I had written. I like to write, if lack of desire to post your material indicates a lack of interest in writing, then I am guilty of that.

  30. Two things – one I’m confused by marketing to internet clients. In the past I’ve sold to a few print publications,found in Writer’s Market. Now, I don’t have a clue on how to identify on-line clients.

    Two – My “niche” is short humor, nostalgia. I’m knowledgeable about insurance. In the past, humor in particular does not use query letters. So not sure how to find clients, or how to approach the ones I do find.

  31. busi says:

    hai I used to write everyday and even started writing my own novel of which I didn’t finish I’m left with two chapters. I started feeling lazy and kept on postponing until it was late. I then discovered I’m pregnant then I focused on that until I gave birth last month. I really wanna get back into writing but I feel like I lost the motivation.

  32. Nancy Nuce says:

    I’m not sure that this qualifies for having lost motivation, but it is preventing me from writing – or at least from getting paid for writing.

    I have written over 2000 articles for content mills and they have been well received. I want so badly to upgrade to higher paying gigs but I’m stuck.

    I am terrified to market myself.

    I’m from the older generation that was taught that it’s not nice to ask for things. I freak out at the thought of asking someone to buy my writing. I know it’s irrational but I don’t know how to eliminate it.

    At Carol’s suggestion, I joined The Writer’s Den and am in the process of completing the “Escape the Content Mills” course, but I am running into the same thing. I’m afraid to contact potential clients.

    How can I get over my fear?

  33. MJ Vieweg says:

    I would be I interested in the coaching. I not sure what happened but I seem to have “grit in my gears”. Perhaps it is too much navel-gazing. Several years ago, I was freelancing on the side and perhaps did not recognize the opportunities to leverage that. I relocated and came to a slowdown. However, I did attend a writer workshop this past weekend, and have taken a volunteer role with a local freelance writers group and started attending their meetings and also have some upcoming gatherings with other writers. I think I may want to try something different in terms of writing but not sure what. I write everyday, but not with a plan for publication. An I stuck or gearing up?

  34. Wendy Jacobson says:

    I’m not sure I’ve lost motivation rather than I am suffering from analysis paralysis. Coming off of a long-term contract, I haven’t had much need to hone my niche, market myself and ‘get out there.’ This contract was consistent work and money. Well, at the end of February, the contract is over so I need to get back out there. I have a plan, I know what I need to do, but for some reason when I sit down at my laptop to work the plan, I feel that I have so much to do that I can’t do any of it. So I get up, take the dog for a walk, think about what I need to do, get excited about it, finish the walk, sit back down at my computer and…nothing. Analysis. Paralysis. Would love some help getting over this hump!

  35. Brooke says:

    Hi! I’ve recently become stuck in my writing. I was laid off from work about 3 weeks ago, and at first it was great! The first week was spent doing nothing but writing. I’m currently writing my 4th novel and doing research on how to break into freelance writing. But, I’m finding it a challenge to manage my time. When I was forced to leave the house every day to cover a shift, my mind would clear and I would be anxious to get back home and I would write every evening. Now that I have all day, I’m stuck. I stare at the screen, or hop on Facebook to play Bejeweled. I need getting, and staying, motivated.

  36. Reading your blog posts and the writings of other freelance writers as successful as you has made it clear that the key to making good money (non-content-mill money) is to pitch ideas to your niche publications. My creativity, psychological though it might be, got sucked out of me a long time ago through failure after failure. All I ever really wanted to be was a musician, but that ship has sailed. Except for some rare moments of breathtakingly horrible sadness and self-pity over the loss of that dream, I don’t even entertain the possibility anymore. Who wants to hear a mediocre 40-year-old who hasn’t been releasing hit records since the age of 12? Uh-uh! Writing is my next most enjoyable possibly marketable skill, only I have no ideas of my own. Any time I think I have my own fresh perspective, all it takes is a quick Google search to find that it’s been done to death and then some, actually rising from the grave in a decaying slobbering, lurching, brain-eating mess. So yeah, that’s what’s dragging me down, that and the fact that what little success I have had is so not anything I care to succeed at, working as a quality review specialist of medical reports for not enough pay (YAWN!) Oh, and let’s not forget the crippling fear knowing that I have at least another 27 years of working life before I can respectably throw in the towel and collect that monthly check. Now where’d I put that hankie?

  37. Faith says:

    Carol, Thanks for this opportunity. I have been following you for a while and admire your style, how you work and what you do.
    You are right. I am stuck. I’ve written a self-coaching book about building strong confidence and I am at the stage of final editing but it has taken three years to get here. I’ve had some disappointing experiences with virtual assistants and editors so I am at a place where I’m trying to do everything myself to get this self-published so I can feel that I have “accomplished something”.
    I am also trying to learn copywriting so that I can fine tune my website content and my blogs to be great marketing tools and then develop a course to help others do the same. I have lots of ideas and plans but the motivation to get them done is lacking. I think there is just so much to do, so many details, that I need a clear plan of action, and I am having a hard time mapping this out.
    As a Boomer who has created a business as a life coach, I have helped a lot of people, but I have reached a place where I just don’t seem to be able to get out of the “stuckness” myself. As a coach who helps people get unstuck, I am embarrassed to say that I am not able to help myself, right now. I really welcome your help.

  38. Hi Carol, Tragedy is all around me with death, cancer, chronic illness and more just in my family. I’m emotionally stuck.
    I’d also like to find a few consistent paid writing jobs without having to bid on them.
    Thank you for all you do. I would love a kick in the pants, um, I mean encouragement, from you.

  39. Karen M says:

    It’s not really a lack of motivation to write but more a what shall I write about. I can cure this by sitting at a keyboard and letting it all flow out, just as it comes, with no editing. The problem is prioritising that time to let it spill. Then problem number 2 is what do I write about and I will cure this one by reading your blog. I have an article bookmarked about getting ideas.

    thanks for letting me have a small spill:)

  40. Larry Phillips says:

    I’m tired of grinding out content at Textbroker for .014 per word. Cold emails, pitches, the grind of continuous marketing with no results has left me shaken to my core.

    What bothers me most is I know I can produce 10x better content than what is on the internet today, especially in my niche. I’ve run out of options, so I just think I’ll retire to a job of 8-12 hours a day, six days a week of cowtowing to folks looking for a bargain at WalMart.

  41. Lynne Miller says:

    I am struggling to develop a disciplined routine to get my writing muscle back in shape and produce a memoir. Over the years, I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, business journalist, freelance writer and editor and corporate communications consultant. It’s been a long and interesting road but now I feel like my digital skills need to be sharpened. I have trouble just getting down to the hard work of writing. Even when you’re experienced, writing is hard work. It took me forever to publish a new post on my blog, Revelations, and now I want to take my blog to the next level. But I need a little push or maybe a sharp kick in the pants.

  42. The ‘Lack of Motivation’ contest offer is as if the Den is subliminally reading my mind and tapping into my frustration and stagnant productivity.
    I’ve got strong, diverse skills and unique credentials supporting various markets. My traveling and remote lifestyle affords me the ability to interact with prospects face to face, understand various regions and their cultures and delivering a ‘local’ flavor to my clients’ content. However, after a series of failed marketing attempts I’ve burnt out, procrastinate and lose focus. The Freelance Writers Den content has been downloaded, read and listened to – yet, my follow-through lacks motivation and I’ve got a host of ‘dream projects’ sitting in files; some with outlines, notes, or otherwise partially completed… not bringing in the bucks. Worse, not even engaging potential prospects.
    Efforts to resolve my dearth include creating structured time developing a new marketing plan, a refreshed business plan and taking a crack at creating my writer’s website. UGH! I despise web design. Although I’d prefer to delegate the tedium to a designer, the decline in revenue won’t justify outsourcing. As a result, almost any other mundane and unnecessary task is undertaken as a result. The upside is I’ve got clean cabinets, an organized boat, taxes submitted and other pet projects underway.
    Determined to reengage my enthusiasm for writing, I’ve been writing for the sake of writing. Focusing on my individual style as well as capturing the various ‘voices’ of my client’s publications to stimulate quality writing. As I proof my work – I contemplate my qualifications and my legitimacy as a pro writer. I’ve got dozens of books on writing to assist with my hopeful inspiration. I’m considering donating them and offloading their weight and space.
    As I re-read this, reflect back on the past year – I’m even more disappointed in my lack of motivation.