On #Writing Wednesday: Motivation

Artists 0007Today I want to talk about finding the motivation to get your butt in the chair and write.

This has been something of an evolving thing for me. I started writing on my lunch hour several years ago when I was determined to make a go at this thing. I had an HP Mini (the predecessor of the tablets and 2-in-1s). The place I worked had a full-service restaurant in the building with lots of tables. I’d pick a corner table that was out of sight, out of mind, plug in my earbuds and start writing.

It created a habit. Now I’m to the point where when it’s noon (or 11:30), my brain shifts into writing mode.

I have an office now so it makes it super easy to close the door, inhale my lunch and write. I’ve gotten so good at this I can usually knock out around 1500-2000 words in an hour. That is, IF I know where I’m going in the story and what happens next. There are times, though, where I’m absolutely stumped. (That’s a post for another day.) In the evenings after dinner, I try to write at least an hour and get in more words.

It is true what they say – you have to find your motivation to write even when you don’t feel inspired. There are all sorts of support groups to help writers achieve their motivation – from NaNoWriMo to whatever local writing group you’re in to even Facebook groups. Even daily writing goals where you can post your daily word count and wow the others in the group.

Those don’t work for me. All the do is annoy me that I’m not producing as much as someone else or writing as much as someone else who may be bragging about their huge word counts. I’m certain there are writers who can knock out 10k day – but do they have a full time job, a husband, a house to run, a teenager to coral? I wonder. A good day for me is around 2000-2500 words. A bad for me is 500 words. And a super bad day is nothing. It really sucks to get nothing when you know you HAVE to produce. I take weekends off, so I know I have to produce around 10k during the week to stay on schedule. And when I get off schedule, my penance is writing on the weekends. It’s not that I don’t like writing on weekends, it’s that I have a bazillion distractions and sometimes I just want to play.

Anyway, my point is that you have to find what works for you to motivate you to write on a daily basis. All the groups in the world won’t help you if you don’t find your own inner motivation to get your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard. Find that daily routine that is a trigger for your brain to know that it’s time to be creative. You can do it.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.