Thursday, July 1, 2010

Is It Really July?

Missy, here. And I can NOT believe it is July already! Where does the time go?

Do you find yourself wondering the same thing? Find yourself missing opportunities for writing time? Do you plan to get things done but then don't, because the closet needed cleaning or the dog was demanding your attention or a book you ordered came in the mail and started calling your name, or... or...? Do you sometimes make a to-do list with 10 things but only get 2 crossed off by the end of the day because you chose to do something else instead? Do you tell yourself, tomorrow, I'll do better?

We can tell ourselves that till the cows come home. But it won't get things done! We can't just hope and wish and promise to do better. We have to have a plan.

I'm going to toss out some ideas that I hope will help if you're one who finds time slipping by and you have no writing to show for it.

--I suggest setting a realistic goal (Write x-number of words a day, revise x-number of pages a day, work for a set number of minutes/hours, finish a certain book my a certain date, mail off a submission by a certain date, or finish a proposal by a certain date...).

--Write down your production. There's nothing worse than looking at a calendar with several blank days in a row! :) It's great motivation to jump right back in and fill those days with accomplishments. (This is also helpful for keeping records for taxes!)

--Give yourself a deadline. I know you're probably sick of me saying this! :) But there's nothing like the motivation of a signed contract with a deadline date for motivating you to get busy. Until you have a signed contract, I suggest you set your own deadlines. It's great practice! Put it on the calendar. Tell others so they can help hold you to it (like Christy has done so well on the blog). And that leads to my next suggestion...

--Get someone to help hold you accountable. Lindi and I have done challenges before that helped motivate us (the one who finishes her book first wins the challenge and the other buys coffee or dinner).

--Reward yourself when you meet your goals. Chocolate, office supplies, pedicure, new book, a trip to Starbucks, lunch with a friend...whatever floats your boat and keeps you inspired.

--Start each day or writing session with time with God to put you in the right frame of mind. Let God be your ultimate motivator!

If you've been away from writing or from a story for a while, it can be difficult to jump back in. But do it anyway! Once you get there, you'll be glad you did it. I promise! :)

So what motivates you?

6 comments:

  1. Motivated this month by Novel Track! But gotta get off these emails if I'm gonna write!! :)

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  2. Oh, I know Edwina! Internet is such a time sucker! That's another thing I should have listed as a reward.

    Get the writing done first thing!

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  3. Missy,
    great ideas. I do some of these, but some I need to put into practice. Thanks for the post.

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  4. Oh, Missy, you just hit me where it hurt the most. My problem is that I'm not really accountable to myself. I can set goals and write things down, but that's no guarantee for me.

    So, I ask Christy or others in the writers group to keep me accountable and harass me until I stick to it. Bad of me, I know. I'm still trying to come up with that magical motivator for me.

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  5. Thanks for the motivation... can't talk now... gotta write :)

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  6. Good for you, Eva Maria! I hope you got a lot accomplished!

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