Author values questions to help you determine what’s really important to you and help you reach your book writing goals.
“Understanding your motivation for a decision helps you stay committed to it.”Brant Menswar
Self regulation is a cycle of actions designed to help you reach your goals – book writing goals included.
Less simply put, and for psychology nerds like me, the American Psychological Association dictionary defines self-regulation as – the control of one’s behavior through the use of self-monitoring (keeping a record of behavior), self-evaluation (assessing the information obtained during self-monitoring), and self-reinforcement (rewarding oneself for appropriate behavior or for attaining a goal).
Within the broader topic of self-regulation is a key motivational variable – your values. As an individual and in relation to your identity and goals as an author.
Your values reflect what is truly important to you as an author, the WHYs behind your writing goals, and other key pieces of mental machinery driving your writing habits and ultimately, your writing results.
That’s how it works. The results you’re getting as an author don’t fall out of the sky. It’s the deep stuff beneath the surface that drives those results.
Let’s put this into action! Here are some author values questions to help connect the dots between your values and your results.
1) How important to you is writing a book – really?
2) Do you see uses for your published book? Write about each one.
3) Truthfully, why are you writing a book? For you or because you feel that you “should”? Perhaps based on an outside suggestion?
4) Which of your personal core values can you tap into as motivation to finish writing your book? Core values might include things such as curiosity, status, power, idealism, or achievement. Use as many as you need to get the job done.
5) What additional author values questions can you ask yourself about the inner machine driving you in the writing of your book? What else do you need to know about the forces either driving you or holding you back (or both, at times)?
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