Motivational Media for Writers

Motivational Media for Writers

Like most writers, you probably experience low motivation sometimes. You find that once you get started, the writing flows, but getting started is the problem. So, why not try one of these motivation boosters?

Read
The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst

I recently checked out this book to remind myself of the little things in life to be happy about. Though it’s not a writing book, per se, Deborah van der Schaaf’s lovely illustrations, along with Smit and van der Hulst’s collection of offbeat information and recipes (not just for food) gave me plenty of inspiration to think creatively and maybe even try some new things. I recommend it if you’re feeling stuck (when it comes to life, your writing, or both).

Watch
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This Amazon Prime show appeals on many levels: history, feminism, and authenticity, to name a few. As a writer, there’s just something about watching Midge Maisel jot down ideas in her fancy pink notebook and work out her comedy sets that makes me want to write, create, get down to business. She challenges social norms and goes for what she wants, and I can’t wait to see where the writers take it from here. I recommend it if you, too, have something to prove in your life and/or writing.

Listen
LeVar Burton Reads

I don’t know about you, but I adored Reading Rainbow. A TV show about reading? Yes, please. Well, now you can have LeVar Burton (the charisma, that voice!) read to you once again. This time, in a podcast for adults. You’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy in its diverse lineup of short stories. I listen through the Stitcher app, but the podcast is also available through Apple Podcasts and Spotify. I recommend it if you need a reminder of the magical, performative aspects of reading (and writing, of course).

Teresa Boyer
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