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    Motivation

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by para_noir, Jun 7, 2008.

    I need motivation. Loads of it.

    I have the plot, I have the characters. I have everything. Except for the motivation to actually start writing. I mean, I can think of 200 reasons not to write.

    1) I'm too tired
    2) My book will never be published
    3) Everyone will hate my book
    4) I can't write for ****. I suck. Who am I kidding with this?
    5) The story is way too boring

    And so on and so forth.

    I admit, I tend to procrastinate, A LOT.

    So, any help with this? Any advice on gritting my teeth and just going for it?
     
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    if you don't have the motivation/passion to write, we can't give it to you... that's something that is either there or it isn't...

    everyone and his/her cousin gets ideas for stories/books/movies, but only a true, born-to-write writer will get around to actuallywriting them...
     
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    Yep, like Mammamaia indicated.

    Almost everyone it seems believes they have at least one book in them, and intend to write it...ummm someday.

    From there some do more than talk about it...they actually plan and even start writing.

    From there a small fraction actually complete the first draft. (here some think they did the job and simply submit, doomed to rejection)

    From there a small percentage really dig in and do what's necessary...researching, editing, revising where needed, seeking input and polishing the final product. (Some actually take it this far and never submit for some reason)

    From here, some submit but never follow through after the first rejection. (an very very rare few get accepted the first time out--cool if it happens)

    From here some keep improving that work (and others) and keep submitting.

    From here a few get published...while even fewer make a living at it.

    I did not throw in learning the craft of writing, studying the markets, preparing strong query letters and other necessary skills. There is so much, but I think the point is made.

    Knowing what is ahead of you, Para, only you can muster the drive needed. The perseverance to continue when things get difficult and the motivation to overcome the hurdles and barriers to not only completing a novel but succeeding in getting it published.

    Yep, there are hundreds of excuses not to write...

    I truly hope you decide it is worth the effort to write your novel (and others) and follow through to a successful end.

    Terry
     
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    When people make excuses, there is always an underlying truth. Fear of failure, laziness, self doubt, lack of skill, fear of success, inadequate preparation...you need to ask yourself "Why am I procrastinating?"

    Only when you can answer that question, will you know if you really have the necessary drive to embark on such a big project. Until then, be a happy reader, enjoying the works of others. You'll know when the time is right to take your own plot and characters for a ride.

    .....NaCl
     
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    That's all I got! :rolleyes:
     
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    We seem to be mostly on the same boat. I do have a few plot bunnies in my head, but I worry about writing them down in case they don't turn out as well as I want them to. Maybe you could read a book on writing - for inspiration and to learn the craft even more. That's what I'm doing.
     
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    Unfortunately, no one on here can give you motivation. But, providing you feel as if you could write if only you had some motivation to do so, I have a few suggestions...

    1. Read some books on writing.
    This is one of the most inspirational things you can if you lack the motivation to write. Just read a book on writing. I'd suggest, first and foremost, Your First Novel by Laura Whitcomb and Ann Rittenberg. This is an exceptionally good book - it gives you tips, hints, advice, suggestions, inspiration, and a behind-the-scenes look at agenting, editing and publishing. It's written by a published author and a top agent. I'd also recommend Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint - part of the 'Write Great Fiction' series.

    2. Read other books.
    It inspires you, and gives you insight into others' work and what succeeds and what fails.

    3. Spend a night developing characters in your head.
    This can be surprisingly inspirational - it helps you bond with the characters before you begin writing and gives you a reason to write.
     
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    I get inspired from quite a few things:

    1. Music - Theres nothing better than picturing a battle and listening to my favorite song choice for battles (The Battle - Gladiator Soundtrack) or trying to depict a club or bar scene and playing some techno. Whatever gets you in the mood for a particular scene just plug it in, close your eyes, and let it take you.

    2. Movies - Nothing is better than watching a Sci-Fi or Fantasy movie to me and thinking of how things could change to put a better spin on the story. Or just watching glorious battles/fight scenes to put you in that action type mood.

    3. Books - Reading novels/stories from your favorite author may have you swimming in a dreamland of creating a masterpiece of your own, triggering ideas in your head that can bring you there.

    The choice is yours, but the motivation is everywhere. Just have to pick what you enjoy to get the process moving.
     
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    Write because you have a story to tell. Write so that you can say that you told it. Write because it's something you love to do. Write it with truth, with passion and to the best of your ability.

    If you write with passion, you may find that being tired will be less of an issue, and if you have a passion for the story that is being told, I doubt it would be boring :). If you write with truth, it will resonate with readers - not everyone is going to love everything that you ever write, but writing with truth will ensure that you do, and if you do, it's more likely that others will, too. Writing to the best of your ability is the most that you can ask of yourself. If the results are published - wonderful - if they're not, each story is still testament to a craft that can take years to hone.

    Hope that helps.

    :)
     
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    "1. Music"- if you want a really really epic song to get you in the mood to write something equally epic, youtube a song called Take Me Away, by Globus. It's what I listen to when editing my book. I often write to music actually, it helps tone my writing.

    And saying everyone will hate your book and that you can't write. I get that now whilst editing my novel and I'm planning to send it off to a publishers soon. Everyone gets self doubt- don't let it get in the way. If your going to think that your story is rubbish when you havent even started it, your not going to feel any worse when you do actually write it, so you might as well!

    And if you need further encouragement, tour this forum looking at what people write in their introductory paragraph to their stories they post. There are loads, including mine, that say something along the lines of 'oh this is rubbish. It's not funny/emmotional/descriptive etc enough. Rip it to peices- it deserves it.' only for people to come back saying things such as 'this is impressive/amazing/really good/i want to read more.'

    A lot of people will say that they are their own harshest critic, which is a good thing, as it means that when you post stories on here people will say things that will surprise you. I hope you have been encouraged by what everyone here has said- the world might be missing out on another bestseller if you dont write it. You never know....
     

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