June 12, 2010

Do You Need Some Motivation? (What Writer Doesn't?)

We all need a little boost every now and then. Most of the good stuff is posted in November, during NaNoWriMo season. (Let's face it, we need it.) But the summer months tend to dry up when it comes to mood-boosters.

Suzanne Young did a guest post on Delightful Reviews on How to Keep Writing. It's not easy.

Elana Johnson reminded her readers last month: You Can Do Hard Things.

If you tend to fizzle out in the middle of your projects, you'll appreciate Staying Faithful to Your WIP by Christopher Jackson. He helps writers keep the love for your story burnin' ;)

Writers can be insecure, especially with all the rejection we face. This article was retweeted over a hundred times and will be a classic go-to for me. Writer Unboxed: The Only Way to Know If You'll Be A Successful Writer

and

There Are No Rules: Read This and Tell Me What To Do (Same message, from a different perspective.)

This isn't exactly motivational, but it got my brain churning and thinking new ideas, so it still counts. Finding Your Perfect Writing Method by Jennifer Blanchard

Writers tend to be introverts, but staying indoors in our pajamas could hurt our creativity. Alexis Montgomery tells writers to Cut the Cord to stimulate that muse.

Lilith Saintcrow never ceases to inspire me and her blog post on the Importance of Dreams is no exception. She even uses one of my all-time favorite quotes:
"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams." (Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka)

and, from the same source:

If you want to view Paradise

Simply look around and view it.
Anything you want to, do it…
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
to it… (Willy Wonka)

4 comments:

Margo Berendsen said...

Thank you for all the great links! I read Elana's but I am eager to go check out the others and jot them down for future reference when I need to get motivated!

I find the ultimate motivator is a conference or a workshop - I just got back from one and so far I have had my most productive week so far in 2010. Now just have to keep up the momentum.

Great quotes!

Emily Casey said...

Thanks. I know what you mean about the conferences. In a perfect world, I would go to one every month. :)

Lou said...

Well, this is fate (or something like it). I've been struggling with my novel the last few days which has been tough because last week i experienced a surge in new motivation and ideas. So i'll be checking out these links, pronto!

Thanks. :)

Emily Casey said...

I believe in serendipity. :)

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