If you read my blog, you likely have some desire to be, or already are, a published author. I happen to fall into the first category. But let me tell you something. Working 40 hours a week on top of trying to be a real person (by you know, cooking good meals and having a social life) doesn’t always mean I am motivated to write. Because for me, motivation seems to strike in the most inopportune moments.
Just because I am not motivated doesn’t mean I don’t work on my novel that day. I just want to watch another episode of some trashy show on Netflix instead of writing/editing. But, I force myself to start working on it and I usually find myself spending a good hour to two hours on my novel.
So great, I can get myself to write when I don’t necessarily feel impulsed to do so. But what about those times where I am in the urge to write but can’t because I am at work? I haven’t yet found a way to harness those impulses and use them when I actually have the time to write.
While I have goals for myself (I want to finish this round of edits by the end of September. I want to finish additions by the end of October…) my own deadlines don’t cause motivation. I am motivated when I am inspired.
Basically, I’m stuck when it comes to motivation. I need it when I don’t have it and have it when I can’t use it. If any of you writers out there have any tips or useful advice, I would love to hear it!