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    Motivation

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Dex, Jun 19, 2009.

    How do you keep yourself motivated and optimistic enough to write?

    I've just started my book but looking at what I've written so far, it seems kind of crappy. What should I do to keep myself motivated. I really do want to get this story down, to express it in written word, but can't help but feel disheartened.
     
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    Just keep writing and tie up the loose ends when you're satisfied with what you've done, and see the need to continue.
     
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    I'd suggest not re-reading what you've already written, except for the last paragraph or so at the start of each session just to remind you of what you were doing. If it's the first draft you shouldn't sit and ponder over every word. Concentrate on getting the words out now, and then refine it at a later date.

    On keeping myself motivated, I check my outline. I work out how far I am away from a scene I'm eager to write, and then work towards it. I refuse to write out of sequence, so the only way to get to what I want is to plough through the scenes day after day until I get there. Then once I've reached that point, and written the scene/chapter, I then do the same again: find something to work towards.
     
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    i don't have to... writing is my life... i just do it the way i breathe...

    if you've gotten discouraged/bored with what you're writing, leave it for a while and write something else... when you come back to it, you'll see it with fresh eyes and be able to either 'fix' it or continue, if it's going the way you want it to...
     
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    Remember why you write. As long as it's not for money or fame, sometimes knowing why you write can help you. I often like to just imagine my story in my head, like a movie, in all its epic scenery - and then I keep thinking "wow" and I know I have to write it.

    Also, for a first draft, just get through it. If you keep going back, you'll never finish it. Almost every single writer never publishes a first draft, and many work on their projects for years on end - so it's nothing unusual.
     
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    Dex,

    While there are some external things you can do, it is mostly internal. You have to have the self-discipline to do what it takes to move forward with your writing, be it adding new words to project, revising, researching, finding markets to submit completed works, etc.

    From what you described, consider picking up where you left off each day (or when you're able to sit down and write) and focus on completing the story/novel. Get the first draft finished.

    You'll find that from beginning to end, your writing will have improved. In addition to that, you'll have the entire story down, so that going back and making revisions--fixing plot holes, removing or expanding scenes, fixing dialogue, in addition to typos and grammar gaffs--will be more effective and efficient.

    It is also motivating to have completed projects, working from a first draft toward a final draft, instead of reworking the same chapters/scenes over and over again.

    In the end it is you who will determine if you're going to move forward toward your writing goals or not. It won't always be loads of fun, or easy. Despite this, you'll just have to sit down and do what it takes. That's just the way it is.

    Just a few thoughts. Hope they help.

    Terry
     
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    I feel that the most important, and oftentimes the most difficult, aspect of writing is the storyline (I will assume that your novel is fictional). If you find yourself struggling to find a basis for the story, it will be exceedingly difficult to produce anything without unnecessary effort. However, if you can find an idea that flows well within your mind, no matter how simple that plot is, it will evolve over time as if you had always planned it.

    This by no means that you should already know everything about that story. But to write, I don't feel that you need to have that sort of omniscience from the beginning. As long as it can start off, it will be fine. The most important part in a space mission (or missile-based attack, for that matter) is the launch; it is no different for writing.

    If you already have a clear sense of what that book is about, continue to consider it constantly. It will come together naturally. If it truly fits the way it should, and it comes easily to you, then you will likely have no need for outside motivation. The writing itself should be its own reward.

    I don't know if this was at all helpful; if it wasn't, please tell me.
     
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    this is saying that has kept me very motivated through out the years.


    You don't have to like coal, but it's all you have to make diamonds with.

    basically my beginners abilities are the only tools i have to work with to write stories. i can sit there at the computer all i want and wish i had so and so's abiltiy to describe or wish i have there ability to ... whatever but when it comes down to it. the only tools i have are my own. and the more i work with them the better and more refine they will become!
     
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    You need to have fun. Simple as that. Your characters must come alive and feel so real you would rather talk to them than a real life person.
     
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    I just have to thank you all for the great advice. My moment of writers depression has passed!
     
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    I write to get better. Think of it as practice, knowing that the more you write the better you will get at it.

    I think more than anything, writing is a discipline. Form a schedule and stick to it no matter what. Eventually, your brain makes a ritual out of it and writing during that time becomes second nature.
     
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    I recommend you just write and write until you've got all of the story out of you. Don't critique yourself at all. Don't proofread/edit/or anything. Just write, write, write. Maybe even type without looking up at what you've written, if that is the only way to keep yourself from judging yourself. Get that story out of you. Once that's done, then work on revisions and such.
     

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