This site brings together resources from several previous sites: The Willpower Engine, where I first started posting about willpower, the psychology of habits, productivity, and happiness; the old LucReid.com, a personal writing site; and my old LiveJournal writing site, ReidWrite.
Many of my posts here share information about research, techniques, and insight into self-motivation, in order to help me and my readers make major positive impacts in our lives. The self-motivation posts here are not temporary inspiration or motivational speaker material so much as specific, usable knowledge, generally based on research, expertise of people who have contributed substantially to our understanding of motivating ourselves, and direct or described experience. The goal is to help us understand ourselves better through fact-based sources.
Motivating others is a bit of a different topic than motivating ourselves, and so this site doesn’t really delve into motivating others whole lot.
My relationship with self-motivation is learning and writing, so while I’ve done coaching on the subject, I’m much more of a communicator or fellow learner than a guru or counselor. Certainly I haven’t perfected self-motivation in my own life, although I’ve been making great use of a lot of my findings so far.
The writing posts here run the gamut from traditional publishing versus self- or “indie” publishing to plot techniques, workshops, writing motivation (especially), and news of the writing and publishing worlds.
I’m–among other things–a writer living in Vermont with my girlfriend/partner/inamorata and our three children. I’ve been reading, researching, and writing about cognitive psychology, positive psychology, strengths psychology, nonviolent communication, cooperative living, consensus decision-making, and other topics having to do with personal and community growth for more than ten years now. I’m a Writers of the Future winner; a former radio commentator for Jacksonville, Florida NPR affiliate WJCT; the founder of Codex, an energetic, online, neopro writers’ group; a founding member of the Daily Cabal, where you can find over a thousand original, free stories of 400 words or less; the author of Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures, which was featured on BoingBoing and the NPR program Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me ; and the author of the flash fiction collection Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories. My short stories have sold to venues like Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Writers of the Future, Abyss & Apex, Nature, and others. My Amazon author page is http://www.amazon.com/Luc-Reid/e/B001JRXAE6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 , and I tweet @lucreid.
Listings of my published works:
Interviews of Luc
You can read interviews of me online on these sites:
Cat Rambo interviews Luc for Suite 101 (May 2006)
Kari Wolfe interviews Luc for Imperfect Clarity (June 2010)
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen does Q&A with Luc on his site (January 2011)
Work by Luc Reid on this site can be reused for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. There are more details at
Photo by Keyna Houston.