FMF Link-Up :: Motivate

Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday link-up of 2018!

After a two-week break for the holidays, we’re back and ready to write!

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Every week we write for five minutes flat on a one-word prompt.

This week’s prompt is: MOTIVATE



Ready? Let’s write!

As we embark on a new year, many of us find a fresh reserve of motivation to set goals and take steps toward positive change. We’re spurred on by the collective hype of a fresh start, another chance.

Marketing campaigns pressure us from every angle: New Year, New You!

We make resolutions with the best intentions, but if you’re anything like me, it won’t be long until they fizzle out and get flushed down the toilet.

So how can we stay motivated? What about particularly when it comes to our writing lives? How can we be sure that we keep going strong, keep fighting the good fight as Christian writers, keep showing up to serve and offer our gifts for His purposes?

One slight mental shift that often helps me is when I keep coming back to my why.

Why do I write? What’s the purpose? Not just what are my goals, but what’s behind them?

If I can identify a clear why that resonates deep within, it will be much easier to get back up, dust myself off, and keep on keepin’ on when I inevitably fall of the wagon of new resolutions.

So here’s my challenge for you this week: Think about your why. Pray about it. Ask God to help you identify your motivation, and write it down so you can come back to it when the going gets tough.



As an extra encouragement to help you remember why you write, I created this Christian Writer’s Manifesto for you. I hope it’s perfect boost of motivation right when you need it.



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  • I like the idea of what motivates. What motivates me? Usually, I'm motivated when others think something is impossible. I love that people keep asking me, "You wrote this book?" I love it because it keeps me humble. I love it because I know I only accomplish anything because it was God's idea and I simply obeyed His lead.
    Love this concept of coming back to the "why".

  • Simple. As the reason for despair builds, have to witness faith, hope, and charity that shine all the brighter.

  • This was my first time joining the FMF. What a fun thing. I loved this topic too: Motivate. Perfect for the New Year.

  • Hi Kate, this was the best word for me today! In writing, I felt lots of reasons that I can bring to the Lord. I stopped and journalled as soon as I was finished. Thanks!

  • Great question. I'm in my tenth blogging year. The reason I began is no longer the reason I keep going. I'm human and I struggle with wanting influence and money, but at the end of the day what matters most is giving God glory. May He constantly remind me of this throughout 2018.

  • There's something deeply ironic with how much I struggled with this prompt. Thanks for forcing me to examine it.

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