It's a bright, sunshiney Wednesday morning here on the North Coast...this afternoon we'll be a sweltering 80-something with a ton of humidity. The kind of weather that makes you want to laze in the pool or stay in the A/C...unmotivated.
Every morning after a sleepover, bebe follows Holly (in-laws older dog) around the house, hoping she will play a little bit. Every morning Holly avoids bebe until she gets distracted by some other playtime options. I guess they're both motivated.
Each day I open my WIP folder, open the current chapter and work. Some days I get totally new words, some days only some revision and some days a little bit of both. But even on days when I don't feel like it I open that document and get to work. What motivates me?
Honestly, some days nothing motivates me. I don't want to write, I don't feel like writing and I wonder if by writing I'm actually doing myself - and the WIP - a disservice. And then I remember what Nora once said: You can deal with crap on a page but you can't do anything with a blank page.
On those days that I don't feel like writing, editing or plotting, I chant those words like a mantra because she was (and still is) right. If I waited for inspiration to strike or for The Muse to be ready, I'd never finish a scene, finish a chapter or finish a book. So I can't wait, I have to be motivated. I'll ask again: What motivates me?
Actually, I have an answer to that: It's my goal sheet. Every January I start a new goal sheet. I has goals for each month, quarter, 6-month mark and year. This past year my goals were to write 4 books and revise another. My goals got a little off-track because of a sagging middle issue, but I'm actually not that far off. I revised and sent in Book 1 and Book 2, I've nearly finished the first in a series (I think 3) novellas and am plotting the second. I'm feeling pretty good about that. You know what kept me motivated through that sagging middle and reaching November a full book-and-a-half off my goal? The goal itself.
I'm just the teensiest bit competitive, especially against myself. I don't like to set goals and not meet them - although that does happen - so I set goals at the beginning of the year and I revisit those goals throughout the year. When that sagging middle problem hit? I revised my goals for the next 6 weeks so I could concentrate on the middle and not beat myself up over not making more progress with another project.
I love setting goals but I love even more the ability to adjust goals when the time comes...it helps keep me on track. How about you? Are you a goal setter? How do you deal with missed goals or setting new goals in the middle of a session?