Motivation

You're only a writer when you write.

Like many emerging writers, I think about writing every day but I don't always write every day. And there's no question about it - I should. To build up a writing practice, a writing habit, is to make for better writing. It means confidence grows and projects are actually finished.

I've been fortunate recently to combine my love of writing with my day job, and myself and the Creative Concern gang have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca Evans, a literature consultant, to develop Write-Track - which has just gone live.

Write-Track is a writer-specific app, which encourages writers to set goals and dreams for their current writing project and then track against them. Users are able to follow the progress of other writers on the site, which fosters a lovely community feel and, most importantly, motivates.

Writing motivation comes in all shapes and sizes. I was motivated recently when I was shortlisted for the Ideastap/Writers' Centre Inspires mentoring project - I didn't go on to win, but I was so grateful for the kick up the... - and I finally finished writing up the longhand for a project which has been hanging around for ages. A natural pause in my ghostwriting, while I collected new material, allowed me to think about my fiction and I ended up writing four short stories based on original songs by one of my favourite singers - another unexpected motivation.

I've been using Write-Track in a testing capacity before the launch, but I've found that as a motivational tool, it's really, really helpful. It's a lovely feeling, ticking an item off the to-do list, and this is what Write-Track apes: users draw up their own personal writing to-do list, and bit by bit, we can cross it off, give it a lovely exaggerated tick. I've done it.

Rebecca Evans adds to this through her blog and newsletters, interviewing writers about their motivations, and posting about habit-making theory. Check it out, and see if it can be the kickstart you need.