Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Excuses and Motivation



Confession time! Besides blog posts and journal entries, I haven't written anything in over a month. A month! My editor returned her notes to me right after Memorial Day weekend, and I haven't even opened the document. I feel as if spider webs are growing on my laptop.

*sigh*

At first I came up with loads of excuses...my son's graduation, end of school year banquets, hosting a swim party with 35 freshmen. My list of excuses was looooong. But really, there are no excuses. I just haven't been motivated.

But! I'm going on a mini writing retreat with a couple of friends soon, and I'm looking forward to quiet time to open up that document and get back to work. I'm motivated to be motivated :)

In honor of my long list of excuses, and my desire to motivate myself to be motivated, I'll share some quotes with you:

Excuses

"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." -- Don Wilder and Bill Rechin (ouch!)

"There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one's excuses." -- Robert Brault

"You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can't do both." -- Hap Holmstead, The Biggest Loser

Motivation

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." -- Lou Holtz

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." -- Norman Ralph Augustine

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar

Have you been consistently writing? Or are you like me, and haven't opened a document in a while? Do you have a long list of excuses? Are you sufficiently motivated? Please share!

9 comments:

  1. A couple of those are real zappers.
    After the Challenge and writing so many guest posts, the burnout was my excuse. I am working on a short story now. The outline anyway. I do like to outline to death.

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  2. It's hard to balance a busy life and a writing life. I like to think of my off-writing time as mulching. It makes me feel so much better about myself.

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  3. My current protag (to be published this week) waxes frequently about her own whining. :)

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  4. I have my own long list of excuses and they are never encouraging! Except sometimes the writing does have to take a back seat to more immediate concerns, especially with certain projects that require a long stretch to ponder.

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  5. It sounds like the things you were doing kept you very busy. We all have those times, and it can make it harder to be motivated to write. But I know you'll get back into it, especially with your retreat coming up.

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  6. Since April, the most I had worked on were blog posts, but over the past week or so I've done a lot more writing. One tip from an author/blogger I know: Every time you think about your WIP, write a sentence. When you write one sentence, you may end up writing more. :)

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  7. I'm returning to a "marinating" project and needed a kick in the pants to get going. I made a "character bible" to get reacquainted with the story using pix and character analysis write ups to pull me back in.

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  8. I've been opening the document, but I haven't gotten very far. It's slow going. I think this time of year is getting to be my worst to get anything done. I need fall or winter to press on but going to continue to persevere through these months.

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  9. I've been writing pretty consistently but not getting as far as I'd like. Need to write faster.
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