Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Finding Motivation

Recently, I was sick for about a week. I stayed home for 2 days, but then didn't have any other sick time, so I slogged my butt to work. I didn't get any writing done at that time, as I'm sure you can imagine.

I'm starting to feel better now, and am trying to work writing back into my schedule, but I don't have the motivation. My schedule has been messed up so bad, I think, "Why bother?" But I have to bother. I have deadlines and contracts.

To get over my lethargy, I force myself to put something down on paper. It kind of sounds torturous, and some nights it can be, but at least I have something to go back and edit later. Even if it's crap, I have something to work with. Last night, I worked on an outline for chapter 1 of my nonfiction book. Was it much? Not really. But today when I go to work, I have a general idea of where to begin. It's better than starting at square 1.

I've found that going back to a notebook and pen has helped immensely. I'm not tied to the computer, and if the kids need something, I'm right there to help. Plus, I can do it anywhere. There is more freedom with a laptop, but hauling one to swim lessons is a pain. Pen and paper, easy.

Getting back on task, especially after major setbacks, can be difficult, but has to be done. What kinds of things do you do to find your motivation?

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Michelle said...

I read an article that said to keep a jar of little tokens by your desk. It can be filled with anything - I use the little things my kids are always giving me...a marble, pet rock, army man, acorn, whatever they find and give me goes in the jar. When I need motivation I reach in and blindly take out an item and then write about it...just write. It gets me back in the "mood" to write after a long time away.

Here's a quote I love:

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, “Okay. Okay. I’ll come.” (Maya Angelou)

Pembroke Sinclair said...

What a great idea! I might have to use that...