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! 



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  1. MUSIC! This happened to me just the other day and I put on Pandora and this song Madness by Muse came on and that was all she wrote...well, I wrote about 2K words, but you know what I mean. I love your 'plot points of life' idea, though. I may have to implement that. =) Comment guys, I'd like to hear everyone's tips and tricks too!!

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    1. Music is awesome. I have used to instrumental pieces to get myself going many times! :)

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  2. For me, it's my critique partners. Knowing that I owe pages to my CP on a certain date makes me get that word count in!

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    1. Nothing like pressure to keep a writer on track - I totally agree! Knowing that somebody is expecting something makes it easier to stay focused on creating that certain something!

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  3. I tend to find photos of who I imagine my characters to look like - actors, models, etc. and then have them up on screen while I'm writing. It helps me feel like I'm listening in on a conversations when writing dialogue :-)

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    1. That's always super fun. Pinterest is a great place to find pictures of people who could play your characters!

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    1. To-do lists! I have so many of those, lol

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  5. Music and I take a walk, looked at the people and their behaviors; of course, without bother them. I think I always find my inspirations in my surroundings... oh! and in my dreams.

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    1. Yes! I've actually had some dreams in my time that I wrote down because I thought they were good inspiration for my writing.

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  6. Good question! Truth is, for me, I'm so busy with other aspects of life, that writing is a welcomed relief and solace for my ruts. Maybe if my life wasnt so busy I'd lack motivation, but I don't have that problem, thankfully!! :D

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    1. Good point! That was certainly the case for me when I was in high school. I wrote to escape!

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