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

Carol Tice

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:


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.


  1. Shirley Hesner

    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

    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!)

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