This week, we’re talking motivation. I could dive right into a post about character motivations. But that’s not the motivation I’m talking about. This blog is all about that about the fundamental motivation to pick up the laptop after a long, stressful day of work and get words on the page.
I’m talking personal motivation.
You know, telling the little voice in your head that watching TV for the next few hours won’t get that novel written any faster.
I would be a liar if I told you I managed to write every night. Most weeks, I scrape together three work nights and a few hours on the weekend. It’s a decent effort, but of course I wish I could do better.
At this rate, I can usually put out a chapter a week depending on how difficult my characters are choosing to be. And recently, they’ve been incredibly moody which doesn’t help getting me into the writing headspace.
How do I get motivated to write? For me, it is as simple as making it a habit and putting words on the page no matter how much I want to shut my laptop. Of course, some carefully selected music, and the right setting helps get me in the headspace. But if I can motivate myself to open my chapter document, things get done.
Just like putting one foot in front of the other gets you to the top of the mountain, one word after the other will eventually become a novel.