I'll be honest. Sometimes, writing a novel can be a challenge. A big challenge. There are days when we don't feel like writing or our lives are so busy and hectic that we just aren't feeling like being creative. But this is the life of a writer. We must make time when there is no time, and we must focus when we are distracted. Regardless of everything going on in our lives, we must write. Because failing to write is failing at our calling in life! It's very important, and lately I have found that there are a few things I can do to keep myself motivated to write those novels and meet those harrowing deadlines!
One of the things I do is make a list. Having a physical, visual aid at my desk is super helpful in encouraging me to get my work done. On this list I have major goals - or, if you want to be geeky, "plot points of life" - that I'm going to accomplish in the next 365 days. This includes business ventures and book releases. I keep it pretty simple and literally have this list tacked up right in front of my face on my desk. It reminds me of where I am, where I'm going and why it's important to stay focused. Because there are greater things waiting just around the corner!
So my question to you is this: How do you get motivated? What keeps you going on the dog days of editing or during those moments when you've been sleep deprived for two weeks and you just don't want to write? You know. That moment when you'd much rather have a snack and watch a movie with Tom Hiddleston in it than actually work.
(Yep, one of those moments)
Let me know. I'd love to hear what you've got to say! Until then, happy writing, my friends!