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    Why Do I Lose Motivation? Argh!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by DaMaz3s, Mar 29, 2010.

    Hi everyone. I'm new here and I'm seeking some assistance.

    I've been into writing since I was a young kid, and for many years I've tried to complete a story, but I can't. I work on it for several days/weeks and I get a good 40 or 50 pages deep, and then I lose interest. I really would like some help or advice on how to keep motivated. When I do finally decide to pick up and write some more, I've lost interest in what I was working on, and I start over fresh. So, needless to say, I've got about 10 "book starters" as I'd like to call them. :rolleyes: Thanks so much for the help.
     
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    Well, I lose motivation when I run out of ideas or write myself into plot holes or things which are hard to fix.
     
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    Motivation is a tricky thing as you're finding out, some day’s you wanna write for hours on end and others you just wanna pretend like it doesn’t exist and that's the problem because when that starts happening your story dies. I've been writing for a couple of years, nothing really serious until now though, but I know what you're going through so here are some suggestions.
    1) Pick up your favourite book and read, it always gets me back in the mood.
    2) Try doing some mind maps about where your stories going or could go, get all your ideas on paper so at least you have some sort of structure.
    3) Get peoples opinions on what you have so far, sometimes they can point out problems and suggest new angles.
    Well that's my two cents; I hope that's slightly helpful and good luck with your writing! :)
     
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    It seems like you might be better suited for writing short stories. Since they aren't nearly as long as novels, you are less likely to lose interest and quit in the middle of writing them.
     
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    Although it can be agonizing, what I do is keep moving forward, even if it's a new direction. Once I get past the part I'm stuck on I usually regain interest. To deal with redoing the beginning, I make a note of what needs to be fixed, but I don't fix it until I finish. Otherwise, you never move forward. Stories constantly evolve, and if you go back to change what you've already written every time the idea changes you just rewrite it all five times over and never get anywhere. Maybe try writing a new scene, and see if it sparks your interest. You can always come back later.
     
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    It happens to me too at about the same point in every story. Normally it's because my subconcious is telling me there is a problem with the plot. Even if I haven't quite figured out what it is yet. Once I figure it out though, I blaze through again. It would be easier to just quit and forget about it because of the frustration, at that point, but it's a lot more satisfying to sit down and figure out what's wrong. As long as I spend just a little time on it each day, and not switch to something else, the answer usually comes to me; usually when I am doing something totally different.

    So, stick at it. Once you figure out what's wrong, the whole rest of the story should fall into place, and there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of having finished a novel.
     
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    As Ray Bradbury said in his essay, "How to Keep and Feed a Muse," stuff yourself--with plays, with poems, with stories, novels movies. Keep your muse well-fed and you can overcome all. :)
     
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    One thing helps me is to write a scene with my characters that may or not have anything to do with my story. I let it go anywhere. Sometimes I can use it in the story sometimes it just gives me an idea of where I could go. Never fails to help.

    Also, always have an ending. Somewhere where the characters have to get to. Too many times we get too caught up in the journey and lose sight of the destination.
     
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    Just keep writing. Even if you have no idea what you are going to write, sit down and don't get up until you've written at least 1000 words. Sometimes those are the days when your characters tell you where the story has to go.

    And yes, it happens to everyone. There always seems to be a point where you run out of ideas and enthusiasm, and the only solution is to just keep going regardless.

    That's one reason why no agent or publisher will even consider an unfinished book from an unknown writer. There are an awful lot of unfinished books out there.
     
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    try writing a single short story [pick one idea and ignore all others] and make yourself keep at it till you get to the end... if you can't do that, either, then being 'into' writing may not be enough to make you a writer, sad to say...
     
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    How to stay enthusiastic.

    I have a very hard time finishing my work.
    The problem is normally not that I run out of ideas or that I'm too busy, it's that I lose interest in my characters/story. I usually go through a great deal of work developing my characters and my plot, etc, and I write a few chapters. But after those first few chapters, I simply lose interest. I go through an anti-creative funk where I get no ideas, and then sooner or later I get a "better" one. I've heard advice to just "write the better ideas", but I really do want to commit to my current idea, I just end up becoming careless about it. I feel like I just abandon my characters that I'd worked so hard to develop, and they're in my subconscious saying "Uh, Trezzy! Hellloooo? What are you going to do with us?" *excuse cheesy analogy. I was wondering if anyone could share how they stay enthusiastic about their ideas, and not "ditch" their characters, so to speak. I know that maybe if I lose interest in my characters/story that's because it wasn't good enough to begin with, but I just work so hard only to lose my enthusiasm and I would love to hear if others experience this problem and what they've done about it.
    Thank you! :D

    EDIT: Sorry. I hadn't realized this was already a thread, and tried to create a new one. My apologies. :/
     
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    Here's how I do it. I always write an outline. Each point in the outline is a brief description of what I want to achieve in the story but not how it should be written. This way I'm always motivated until the end.
     
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    Everyones advice was suprisingly helpful. It's not that I lose interest in writing, I just lose interest in that particular story. I always come up with something else that seems new, fresh, and just plain more fun. I wonder if I could somehow encorporate those new ideas into the current story in order to keep my interest. I do not believe for even one moment that I'm not meant to be a writer. I may never become rich or famous, and I am okay with that. It is my goal in life to publish a book. That in itself would be successful to me.


    I find Midnight's take on the situation particularly interesting because I have never considered just stopping and picking up a book. This may just be the key to my problem. Thanks so much everyone for welcoming me to your forum.
     
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    This is when you need to stop and ask yourself whether you want to finish the book or move on. This happened to me only once during my last novel, and when it did, I found writing down the other, new, idea, along with what inspired me, and then putting it from my mind to focus on my current story got me through it.
    Writing a novel isn't always fun - sometimes you need to slog through it, until you find the problem and fix it enough to move on with the story. For me, the interest picked up again, even though at the time, it felt like continuing was the last thing I wanted to do.

    So your choices are, slog through the rough bits, or stick to shorter stories that you will be more able to finish. Or, of course, write a few hundred more story starters. :)

    good luck
     

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