Motivation to Complete a Book Project | Coursera Community
Coursera Header

Motivation to Complete a Book Project

  • 23 May 2020
  • 5 replies
  • 125 views

Badge +1

Thanks to Laura for the invitation to join the personal development community. I am a training consultant based out of Malaysia. I completed “The Science of Success” offered by University of Michigan on Coursera a month ago and have just started on my second course: Wine Tasting: Sensory Techniques for Wine Analysis offered by UC Davis.

One of my life goals is to be an author. I aspire to be a write of popular thrillers such as Michael Connelly, John Grisham, etc. I start on my book middle of 2019 and managed to write 22,700 words in 2+ months. A busy work assignment last 2019 took me away from the writing project and now in May 2020, I have not made much progress in the book.

For some reason, I am fearful to sit down in front of the computer and open the manuscript to write, even I continue to develop scenes along the plot. I simply am not able to muster up the motivation to write. In another word, I feel that I have gotten lazy. 

I would love to receive your comment and advice about my lack of motivation. Thank you very much.  


5 replies

Userlevel 1
Badge +1

Hi I think you are doing well to get as far as you already have. Really with what is going on in the world I can understand why you are finding it hard to get going again. I am not a writer or motivator so I can’t help you with that but take some time to look at what you have done rather than reflect on what you have not done yet. I would like to suggest looking at Barbra Oakley’s Learning to learn I know at least one thing that would help you on that coarse, I am telling everyone about it. I am truly happy I did it and the Mindshift after too. I also purchased both the books I am so impressed with the progression I have had since doing them.  Hayley

Badge +1

Thank you for your message, I appreciate your attention. I will surely look up for Barbra Oakley’s Learning to Learn to gain some insights. Meanwhile, take care.

Userlevel 1
Badge +1

You are very welcome, let me know what you think about it I am interested to know. I have been so motivated doing things I have been putting off for a long time and remembering things that I would have forgotten in seconds.

 

Stay safe

Badge +1

Hi

I was also hoping to be a writer when I was teenager.  However, there were always excuses that I didn’t even start it.  After years, the ideas become outdated and I feel that I cannot write any better than before.  But I still like to write things down.  Write down what I feel and what I think wonderful at the moment.  

You are on the right track, you have started!  Nothing is too late.  Try to pick up bit by bit.  Maybe you can just write down ideas when they come up to you.  You can do it with your own pace but not to hurry.  Stop blame yourself.  You must do it when you feel comfortable and enjoy the moment of writing.  You can write a good book!

Best Regards  

Badge

Thanks to Laura for the invitation to join the personal development community. I am a training consultant based out of Malaysia. I completed “The Science of Success” offered by University of Michigan on Coursera a month ago and have just started on my second course: Wine Tasting: Sensory Techniques for Wine Analysis offered by UC Davis.

One of my life goals is to be an author. I aspire to be a write of popular thrillers such as Michael Connelly, John Grisham, etc. I start on my book middle of 2019 and managed to write 22,700 words in 2+ months. A busy work assignment last 2019 took me away from the writing project and now in May 2020, I have not made much progress in the book.

For some reason, I am fearful to sit down in front of the computer and open the manuscript to write, even I continue to develop scenes along the plot. I simply am not able to muster up the motivation to write. In another word, I feel that I have gotten lazy. 

I would love to receive your comment and advice about my lack of motivation. Thank you very much.  

Hello Khorhanheng, we seem to  be facing the same dilemma. This is actually one of the reasons why I opted for the course: to motivate myself from what I read of others progress and teachings.

t will be nice indeed, if we can find a way out of the blackout/blocking. 

Reply