Motivation

I Have To Do This and That and…Eh, I’ll Do It Later….

 

Do you know what really bugs me?  Is that when I want to write, I don’t have time.  When I have time, I don’t want to write.  Am I the only one that this happens to?

I just don’t have the motivation.  I want to write, I want to get published, but sometimes I just don’t have the attention span for it.  I know how I want to story to end, but sometimes I don’t know how to get there.  I know how I want to start the story, but I feel like writing something completely different.  As I’m writing something, I’ll come up with a completely new idea for a whole new novel.  I start writing that and never get back to the previous one.  That cycle continues on and soon I’m stuck with 100 half-written stories and I feeling like crap because I can’t seem to get anything finished.

I looked up my horoscope the other day.  I’m a Virgo.  Apparently, Virgos are known to not finish what they start.  What luck I have!  Of course, I’m not all that into that superstitious stuff.  I like looking up my horoscope for fun purposes.  But the one thing that happens to be true…

I reflected back on my life once I read that small piece of information.  I realized that I have never ever seemed to finish anything in my life before.  All the things that I had to finish, I procrastinated with.  You know, you have a project to work on for school and you’re up all night the night before it’s due and you’re only just starting it.  Well, I think everyone does that just because it’s school, but hopefully you get my point.

I also realized that my problem isn’t motivating me to write.  It’s motivating me to finish.  I have finished two children books and two young adult novels.  That’s something, at least.  Except I can’t get anywhere with them because I won’t edit them.

I figured out something that gets me motivated, though.  My sister and I always go to Barnes & Noble to write.  There’s a section of books that’s for writing and publishing and such.  I always go to that area.  I flip through a couple of the books and I say to myself, “I can do that, I can do that, I can do that.”  Truth is, I should really be saying, “I want to do that.”  More truthfully, I really can do it, I just don’t.

I am on a bunch of different writing websites.  One of them being NaNoWriMo, as you all have heard me mention before.  I have been a part of NaNoWriMo for three years.  I only won one year, but I’ve still tried the other years.  NaNoWriMo has forums for the members to chat with one another about many different topics before, during, and after November.  I usually look in there.  I read what everyone else writes, especially the “Self-Promoting” section.  A lot of people have had their NaNoWriMo novels published.  I want to do that.  That gets me motivated to write because I want to be just like those people.

So, I get myself motivated, I go home and write.  Now let’s just see if I can follow through with it like I have with the four books I have already completed.  What gets you motivated?  Because just maybe it’ll help me….

On a side note…go check out the Come Find Me page. I added a new link and also made the page look a lot neater! 😉

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6 thoughts on “Motivation

  1. Heh heh. You are on the same writing level, you and I. XD I had participated in NaNo two or three times before this past one (NaNo 2011), and had written gobs PLENTY stories that were mostly either unedited stand-alones or unedited parts of my larger story lines.

    It wasn’t until NaNo 2011 that I “won”…but dude, if I showed you what it turned out to be…whew! XD Talk about a mass of confusion!! I came away with some awesome ideas I’m going to keep, but I don’t think it’s something I will ever finish. lol Still, it helped me in a lot of ways.

    Don’t give up!! We’ll make it there, girlie! 😀

    • Mine was just as bad. I repeat myself A LOT in my novels just to get the word count up. I did technically win in 2009 (I think that year) because I made it to 50,000 words, but I had no idea that you had to validate it. By the time I figured it out, it was too late. XD

  2. I am constantly plagued by the problem of having the time to write and having the motivation to write. I usually just tell myself “to bad… get writing” and sometimes it actually works

    • Yeah, that’s what a lot people say to do. They say, “force yourself to write.” It may come out pretty bad, but at least you wrote some words.

  3. Are you the only one that only feels like writing when they don’t have time? No. Not even nearly.

    I came across a blog (can’t recall which one, unfortunately) where the author had set themselves a challenge – write one sentence every day. Just one sentence, but every single day, without fail, even when they don’t feel like it.

    It might be helpful to try.

    • That’s very useful information. I would like to try to get myself to write for at least one hour every day, but the one sentence thing might work out better in the end when it comes to school and regular work that I’m going to be busy with.

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