Monday, April 15, 2013

Fiinding Motivation.

For a new writer, I find it hard to stay motivated.  I run a small business and have a young family so my time is always stretched thin.  Writing usually takes a back seat to everyday life.  But if you have a story that you need to have to find the time.


So when asked how I do it, my response is always the same.  I schedule time, like I would for a doctors appointment or a kids activity, and guard it.  It's my time and, outside of emergencies, I don't give it up.  I find the golden time for writing in my house is between 9 and 11 pm.  My kiddos are in bed, the dishes have been done and the house is quite.  I'll usually throw a load of laundry in and fire up the old lap top.

I also use wasted time to my best advantage.  I've been known to write while my son's at Tae Kwon Do.  I eat lunch at my lap top.  I have even been know to write at the kitchen counter while trying to cook (not leads to crappy writing and burnt food).

Another great thing I've done is join a writers group.  Mine is online, but I have a small group of people who are following my work.  I feel obligated to produce something for them to read.  So I move forward.  Ira Glass from This American Life had the best advice.  "Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story."  So my main motivation is one chapter a week at the very least. 

So do I write 3,000 words in a setting.  NO.  I'm averaging about 900.  But I'm moving forward.  Until the publishing fairy drops off a big check and I can hire someone to do my job...I'm still punching the 9 to 5 clock.

1 comment:

  1. I think time is a premium for anyone with a young family. When I am working on my first draft, my goal is about 500 words/day. But during editing, it’s only about 3-4 scenes a week. I write in increments of 10-15 minute blocks every day between setting the toddler up for coloring or play doh after I get home from work.
    I really regret not writing in my twenties, but then I didn’t have the life experience or the depth of emotion to draw from. I think the busier you are, the more you realize what’s important. If writing is important, then you’ll make the effort. And sometimes it’s okay to just live life first. I think writing is lifelong habit. It’s okay to hit the pause button when things get chaotic.