Wednesday, July 21, 2010
How I Write Series: Motivation
Welcome to the sixth installment of the How I Write series, brainchild of Ansha Kotyk. A group of writers are writing about how we write – scheduled for Wednesdays through August. Please check back weekly. And click here for the list of all the writers participating and links to their blogs.
Today's topic: Motivation: Getting through the Dreaded Middle Pages
Yikes. Am I really supposed to tell people how to do this? Me? Um, okay, here goes...
It seems to me that even the most seasoned writers have trouble with motivation. I've got all sorts of fabulous and successful procrastination devices (not to imply that I'm seasoned. Yet). None of which are particularly productive.
twitter. itunes. facebook. When I'm really desperate, I might vacuum. (I know, ::gasp::). None of these things really help me rack up word count. Or figure out my story. Or make me feel productive.
So how to get motivated? I keep glancing up at my shiny new blog title. Writing. For Real. And it hits me. You just have to write. Write crap if you must. If you get stuck, write character bios. Write obituaries for your characters. Interview them. Ask 'what if' questions. Pull out all those writing exercises you hate to write. Just write.
I know I know. It's a whole lot easier said than done. Ask my crit group--I'm forever complaining I don't know what happens next. But the fact of the matter is, I haven't really sat down and tried for this new wip. It's summer, and I've been vacuuming. And if you believe that, I'll sell you a shiny new blog title. ;)
How do you get motivated?