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Daily Greatness: Motivated Writing

The Life Of A Writer

Lots of people dream about becoming a writer, but would they want the life that goes with it? Many people think it’s the easiest job in the world, getting paid to daydream. The reality is somewhat different. Now don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and I’ve pretty much counted my blessings every day since I left my job in the police to write full time. But writing is an art, and in between the good days, creative artists suffer a certain amount of angst. It’s not as easy as turning on a tap and allowing the words to flow. If there are any authors who sit down and do so then I have yet to meet one (and I’ve met quite a few).

“Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” – Stephen King

Goal Setting

Some days I feel like I’m on a roll, but as deadlines loom it can be like walking through treacle. Keeping motivated is a very important part of writing. Goal setting and accountability come into play if you plan to write long term. Writing buddies are invaluable, and I’m very lucky to have fellow authors who keep me buoyant during the tough times.

By the end of this year, I will have published three books. That requires a lot of self-discipline and motivation. So how do I do it? Here are two amazing journals that I use every day.


Daily Greatness Journal

This journal is amazing. It costs a little more than you might normally pay, but it’s great quality and worth every penny. It’s very thick with a beautifully finished cover and workbook type colour coded pages which are lovely to write in. The pictures don’t do it justice. It’s fantastic for goal setting and if used properly, can lead to life changing experiences. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort this is worth checking out.

It Features:

– Day-to-a-View Planner

– Comprehensive Goal Planning System

– Gratitude Journal

– Weekly, Quarterly and Yearly Check-Ins 

– Weekly & Quarterly Goal Planners

– Inspirational Quotes

– Appointment Planner

– Soul Clarity Worksheets

– Prompts and Reminders for Staying on Track

– Undated, so you can start anytime


Leonie Dawson Workbooks & Diary

I love my Leonie Dawson diary and use it in tandem with my daily greatness journal. This comes with a workbook too, but I prefer using the diary. It’s more compact with a hard cover and has glossy pages with gorgeous life-affirming illustrations. This is something I use when setting my daily wordcount, particularly when I’m under pressure to meet deadlines. It has weekly, daily and monthly planners and is packed with many features. The diary is dated and easier to throw in your bag. I can confirm it’s very hardy, as I’ve bashed it about a fair bit and it still looks as perfect as the day I got it.

It Features:

– Goal Tracker

– Contacts List

– Monthly and weekly goals

– Weekly gratitude list

– Yearly and monthly calendar planner

– Weekly to do lists for personal and work projects



I’ve just skimmed over the details of these fab planners but you can find out lots more by clicking on the related pictures above. These are affiliate links, which means I get a few pence for each sale. I recommend very few items and only those I use and enjoy myself. Do you use motivational tools? I’d love to hear your recommendations below.


This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. You’re always inspirational, Caroline, and your work rate is amazing. If these diaries can help to achieve that, then I’ll definitely be looking into them. I always have difficulty in setting and achieving goals, but maybe that can be my new year’s resolution!

    1. Hi, thanks for your lovely words. Yes, goal setting is a must. I wouldn’t be able to reach my writing deadlines without them. There are also some great Facebook writing groups out there, but you have to be careful not to get sucked into the realms of social media when going online. Good luck!

  2. […] I’m going to leave you with a task. It’s the beginning of a new year, a time for making resolutions, many of which have been forgotten by the end of January. Motivation is crucial if you’re serious about a writing career. I want you to watch The Secret. If you’ve seen it already, watch it again. When you’ve done it, leave a comment below and tell me what you thought. Even if you don’t believe in it, give it a whirl. Then buy yourself a journal or diary and plan your year ahead. Work out how much time you have to write and set yourself a daily target. Accountability and goal setting is a great way of keeping track. Read more about motivated writing here. […]

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