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Memoir Writing Tip: Motivational Technique

by Matilda Butler on May 2, 2017

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Try This Memoir Writing Motivational Tip

I recently read an amazing statistic. Since Fitbit introduced its first fitness tracker, the millions of users using it have walked more than 23.2 trillion steps. First of all, that number is incredible. Second, I wonder why so many steps? It turns out that tracking physical activity provides its own motivation. And with greater motivation a person is eager to become even more fit and hence walk more steps.

It certainly works for me. When I go out on my daily (well, almost daily) walk, I always measure the number of steps. The software I use isn’t a Fitbit, but an app on my iPhone. Not only does it keep track of steps, it also converts the steps into miles and lets me know how many flights of stairs I’ve climbed. I can look at the day-to-day changes, look at the past week, the past month, etc. When I see a drop in activity, I know it’s time to renew my walking plan of action.

Get Fit With Your Memoir Writing: Try This

Motivation for Memoir WritingHere’s a suggestion. Keep track of how many words you write each time you sit down to work. All word processing software lets you highlight a section of text and it will report on the number of words. Keep a small notebook by your work area and write down the daily total along with the date.

Prefer to work by the clock? Write down the date and how long you wrote. Add data each day that you write.

Before you know it, you’ll have your own statistics. 10,000 words in a month? 20 hours in a month?

Set your own goals and then measure your progress.

Here’s what a few other writers say are their daily goals:

3000 Words, Anne Rice
3000 Words, Anthony Trollope
3000 Words, Arthur Conan Doyle
2500 Words, Maya Angelou
2000 Words, Stephen King
1500 Words, Jack London
1500 Words, Susan Wittig Albert (Founder of Story Circle Network and author of several New York Times Bestselling series)

I’ve left out one well-known author who wrote much less per day:
500 Words, Ernest Hemingway

And then there is always the famous James Joyce story. One day a friend asked him if he’d had a good day writing. He smiled and said “Yes.” When asked how much he had written, he responded, “Three sentences.”

So whether you write three sentences or 3000 words, I suggest you try tracking your progress, your writing fitness, as your log just may be the motivational force that keeps you moving forward.

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #11: If It Works for Georgia O’Keeffe, It Just Might Work For You

by Matilda ButlerApril 18, 2017
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #11: If It Works for Georgia O’Keeffe, It Just Might Work For You

Want a quick writing tip? Here’s the eleventh in our series of Quick Tips…something to think about in your busy day. The idea here is to “draw” your memoir. It can help you get going, see the path, understand the arc, or just get your creative juices flowing. Give it a try.

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #10: “I don’t know what I do.”

by Matilda ButlerMarch 14, 2017
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #10: “I don’t know what I do.”

Post #238 – Memoir Writing Tiny Tip – Matilda Butler

Is it hard to describe your memoir?
I was on a trip and picked up the hotel’s copy of USA Today. I saw a small box that read:
I don’t know what I do. 40% of workers admit that it’s hard to describe what they do for a [...]

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Memoir Writing and Tiny Tip #2: Whose Dialogue?

by Matilda ButlerJune 21, 2016
Memoir Writing and Tiny Tip #2: Whose Dialogue?

Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #2. This one points you in the right direction for dialogue.

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Memoir Writing: It’s All About Strategy

by Matilda ButlerFebruary 16, 2016
Memoir Writing: It’s All About Strategy

Matilda Butler takes a look at strategy–the strategy to write your memoir. And remember, strategies have consequences.

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Women’s Memoirs Interviews Author Pamela Jane

by Matilda ButlerJune 16, 2015
Women’s Memoirs Interviews Author Pamela Jane

Matilda Butler interviews memoir author Pamela Jane who shares writing and publishing tips based on her experiences.

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Memoir Writing Tip: Memoirs Have Characters, Too

by Kendra BonnettFebruary 19, 2012
Memoir Writing Tip: Memoirs Have Characters, Too

If you want to engage your readers, bring the power of character to your memoirs. Real people are characters…in life and on the page. Learn from the masters of the craft: fiction authors.

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