Motivation & Productivity

The WordNerds know that the toughest part of writing is actually sitting down and meeting your goals. To watch all of our productivity videos, use the playlist. To find a specific productivity/motivation/goal setting video, use the list below or the search bar.


Meghan Jashinsky shares 20 excuses to give to your family/friends so you can write during the holidays!

3 Quick Writer Tips

E. Latimer talks about the importance of writing something daily (but not hating yourself when you don’t), and letting yourself suck.

A Variety of Hiccups

Calyn Morgan talks about overcoming life and publishing’s hiccups and how to get yourself back into the groove.

Anxiety and Productivity

Erica Crouch talks about managing productivity while dealing with anxiety disorders or depression. It’s okay to take a break to take care of yourself!

Apps for Writers

Emma Kate recommends some useful apps for aspiring authors. More info about the apps: Focus Keeper: Flora: Todoist: Productive: Evernote: Werdsmith: Brainsparker: The Brainstormer:

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Back-to-School Writing Tips

Meghan Jashinsky gives some tips on how to handle this whole back-to-school thing while still finding time to write.

Balancing School and Writing

Erica Crouch talks about how she tries to balance being a full time student with writing. The word of the day is BALANCE!

Be a Goal Digger!

Desiraye Williams talks about the importance of five-year plans and using them to guilde your life choices.

Be a Productivity Wizard!

Kellie Sheridan thinks it’s okay to to need to focus on something other than writing sometimes, but remember to go into super productivity mode to get it all done. And then jump back into your writing!

Bullet Journal for Writers

Kellie Sheridan shares her writing-specific bullet journal. Boho Berry Writing Bullet Journal –

Cold Turkey Writer

Kellie Sheridan talks about one of her favorite writing tools.


Erica Crouch talks about setting realistic deadlines for yourself and then sticking to them.


Meghan Jashinsky provides three questions you can ask to determine whether your distraction needs attention now, or if it can wait until after you write.

Distractions and Pacemaker

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how her writing life is going, and a new website called Pacemaker that she’s trying out. Check out Pacemaker for yourself!

Don’t Get Discouraged

Erica Crouch wants you to keep your chin up and keep moving forward, even when you don’t reach your goals.

Dream Big for 2017

Kellie Sheridan encourages you to dream big and set attainable, but still reaching, goals for 2017.

Dream Big in 2016!

Kellie Sheridan talks about setting big goals for yourself at the new year.

Finding a Routine

Emma Kate talks about finding a routine when you’ve got a hectic life and have to squeeze writing into smaller stretches of time.

Four Ways to Make Yourself Write

Meghan Jashinsky talks about ways to help make yourself write when you just don’t want to or when you’re struggling to get into it.

Get to Work!

Emma Gisclair talks about the BICHOK (Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard) method.

How I Wrote Faster

Meghan Jashinsky talks about what she did to get faster at writing, and shares the spreadsheet she used to track all her data. LINK TO THE WRITE FASTER SPREADSHEET: To save the spreadsheet for yourself, you have two options: File / Make a Copy / Okay (on the box that pops up and asks … Continue reading How I Wrote Faster

How to Get Back to Writing After a Hiatus

Rachel Sargeant talks about getting back into the habit of writing after taking some time away from it. HINT: a sacrifice is always a good start.

How to Write When You Don’t Want To

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to make yourself write when you are in a slump.


Meghan Jashinsky tried to write as many words as she possibly could in 48 hours. Here’s how it went.

I’m Baaaaack!

E. Latimer is back from maternity and talking about stealing moments of writing time and managing expectations based on life limitations.

INTRO TO: 4TheWords!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of October 3, 2018, 4TheWords has a completely new, awesome interface! I’m planning to do an updated getting started video, but in the meantime, here’s a video from the 4TheWords creator about all the changes to this wonderful site: Meghan talks about 4Thewords, a website they’ll be teaming up with for … Continue reading INTRO TO: 4TheWords!

K.N. Lee: From Pantsing to Plotting

K.N. Lee–NYT and USA Today bestselling author–talks about how switching from pantsing to plotting helped her become a stronger, more focused writer. She also shares how you can become more of a plotter while still maintaining the free, character-driven feeling of pantsing.

Keeping Motivations High and Finishing What You Start

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about avoiding distractions and shiny new ideas, and maintaining excitement as you try to finish what you started.

Let’s Get Productive!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all things productivity and making sure you get those words on the page!

Let’s Set Some Goals!

Meghan Jashinsky thinks that even though it’s almost the end of the year, you should still be setting new goals!

Life as a Full Time Writer

Meghan Jashinsky spent several months writing full time. Here’s the schedule she kept while doing so!

Making a Vision Board

E. Latimer talks about making a collage of your goals.

Motivation and Perseverance

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about keeping your motivation high and sticking through your projects all the way to “The End.”

Motivation and You

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss what motivates them to read and write.

New Beginnings!

Kellie Sheridan talks about finding the new beginnings in your life and using them to help motivate you to set and achieve goals.

New Month, New Goals

Emma Gisclair talks about how September is a great month to take stock of what you’ve been doing and refresh your goals.


Erica Crouch wants you to be writing right now.

One Month on FocusMate

Kellie Sheridan talks about the productivity enhancing website, Focus Mate.

Pencil It In

E. Latimer says that you should consider writing as important as your other responsibilities.

PIVOT! (Your Goals)

Meghan Jashinsky talks about reevaluating your goals to make sure that they are still attainable, challenging, and something you are passionate about.

Procrastination Is (Sometimes) Okay

Erica Crouch gives you permission to procrastinate when you absolutely need to.

Productivity Book Recs??

Meghan Jashinsky wants to know your recommendations for books on productivity! BUY FROM 2K TO10K BY RACHEL AARON:

Productivity Hacks/Websites for Writers

Kellie Sheridan shares some website to hack your productivity!

Publishing Resolutions?

E. Latimer wonders if you should make publishing resolutions at the new year (HINT: probably not).

Publishing Routines and Work Ethic

K.N. Lee stops by and shares just how much is possible when you put your mind to something and get to work. http://knlee.com

Ready for 2017

New year, new goals, new existential crisis. Emma Kate talks about setting goals for 2017 and the new planner that’s going to (hopefully) help her track her progress.

Ride the Inspiration Wave

Emma Kate talks about those times when your inspiration is high, and how to optimize that time so you can be as productive as possible.

Schedule Your Writing Time

E. Latimer talks about the importance of setting aside time for your writing.

Self-Imposed Deadlines

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to make yourself meet deadlines that you’ve set.

Setting SMART Goals

Emma Gisclair teaches about the SMART goal-setting method and how it can help you set achievable goals.

Shiny New Ideas

Emma Kate talks about the amazingness that are shiny new ideas, and what to do when they try to distract her from her existing projects.

So You Wanna Be a Writer

Emma Kate shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.

Some Tough Love

Desiraye Williams talks about using punishments to help enforce deadlines.

Stop Making Excuses and Write!

Erica Crouch thinks you need to stop making excuses and get those words on the page!

Taking a Self Care Day

Rachel Sargeant talks about the importance of giving yourself days off.


Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to keep your writing chops strong when there genuinely is no time (or energy) left for you to sit down and hammer out the words.

Tips for Writing While Pregnant

Meghan Jashinsky talks about the things that have been most helpful as she’s tried to balance writing and being pregnant. What are your favorite tips for writing while pregnant or with a newborn?

Too Busy to Write

E. Latimer talks about not feeling like you have enough to write and making yourself get the words on the page when you feel like you’re juggling too many things.

Too Many Projects

E. Latimer talks about biting off more than you can chew and managing multiple projects.

Track Your Writing in 2017

Kellie Sheridan shares a few ways to track your writing so that you can increase your productivity.

Treating Writing as a Job

Erica Crouch wants you to treat writing like a job!

Trying Out Bullet Journaling

Emma Kate loves planners, so now she’s giving bullet journals a try. She’s also got some tips for you if you want to try bullet journaling, but are worried you aren’t artistic enough. Bullet Journal Links! Official Bullet Journal website: BohoBerry (creator of the habit tracker I show in this video!): WTF Is … Continue reading Trying Out Bullet Journaling

Weekly Bullet Journal Spread

Kellie Sheridan shows off how she uses her weekly bullet journal.

What Goals Did You Set Last Year?

Meghan Jashinsky asks what goals you set last year, and uses her 2016 goals to inform her goal setting for 2017.

Write Every Day … Or Not

Calyn Morgan talks about how there isn’t one correct way to write and the importance of trying new things to find out what will work best for your personality and your schedule.

Write Every Day?

Emma Kate debunks the age-old writing advice.

Write or Die Tutorial

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson gives you a tutorial for the writing program, Write or Die!

Writers Are Incredible People

E. Latimer talks about writing through chronic illness and gives you a little pep talk.

Writing & The Holidays

Calyn Morgan asks for advice on how to be productive during the holidays.

You’re Procrastinating, Aren’t you? AREN’T YOU?

Meghan Jashinsky thinks maybe you’re supposed to be writing right now…