I spend a fair amount of time everyday reading up on motivational newsletters or sites or even blogs by folks doing what I do or love to do to keep me going day to day. There is only so much you can do alone and only so many times you can meet friends. For other times, I suggest:
Carol Tice’s Make a Living Writing blog and site which are great resources to turn to at any time. I have subscribed to her newsletters and even found some of her pointers in her 21 day marketing plan to be worthwhile. I have not done any of her courses but have joined in on some of her podcasts/webinars. She has a lot of experience and so a lot to share. Would be good for you to check her out if you haven’t already.
Linda Formicelli of the Renegade Writer is another good resource. Her morning motivation series is a good start to your day. I have also done her 4-week J-school course before and found some helpful pointers. She works with Carol on quite a few ventures but the two share loads of information useful for all writers everywhere. I have learned of some useful apps and time savers from her as well so definitely someone to check on.
Chris Guillebeau I heard of when he was doing his first national book launch tour with the Art of NonConformity. I have followed him since! Well, virtually. I enjoy all his work, have read his books, got most of his offerings from his site, subscribe to his newsletter…not that you will enjoy everything CB has to offer as much as I do but I have found his work to be very useful and motivational to do what I do, therefore offering up the idea.
Marc and Angels’ practical productivity tips may seem like too much to read but honestly sometimes these are my reality checks. I don’t read every word but I do check out their posts, enjoy their positive affirmations, tips for a better life, etc. Anybody that I have shared this with has only ever thanked me for doing so. I have not purchased any of their books and such but their website in itself is inspiring.
There is also Good.is, a website but you can subscribe to their newsletter. There is just so much good stuff and work and projects being addressed here that you can’t but feel positive and driven, inspired and motivated to do more. Some of these could even spark story ideas or you could consider folks featured here as expert sources for a feature you are working on. I enjoy the stories that I get to read about usually only on this site.
You might have other ways to motivate yourself but these are some of mine. I hope they are helpful. I hope you will share motivational resources that help you in your freelance success. I plan on sharing more such resources with you in the future.