Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Inspiration....or Motivation

Do you find yourself struggling to find the inspiration?  Maybe you have the inspiration but no motivation?  I have had some of the same struggles here lately. 

So how do I fix it?  That's what I wondered.  So far I've tried scheduling time to do it, that just made me feel like it was forced to do it at that time and only that time.  I found myself being inspired at different times of day and when I had set aside time at one time I wasn't ready or had forgotten what I wanted to do.  So to fix that I had my note books everywhere.  That didn't mean my inspiration was easily captured.  I found that I wanted to write when it was there, but I only had a quick moment to jot down the notes.

So how do you have all day to write when you don't.  I mean I have a full time job, two kids who depend on me to have time for them separate and then a fiance who wants time.  Oh, let's not forget the planning of a wedding, T-Ball for the boy, Girl Scouts for the girl and I like to read.  Nope, there is not a time to put writing in there all day every day.  So I tried doing my weekends when the kids are with their Father to writing.  But I was struggling with that too!  I needed to have that time for myself.  I had to do things I can't normally do with the kids here; like SLEEP IN!

So I started to do it at work too, taking time on my breaks, between calls, my lunch to write, or jot down things.  I still had my note books everywhere! (I'm not joking, I even had one in the bathroom, two in the car, one in my purse, one at work on my desk, one with my laptop, another beside the bed.)  They all have pens attached so I couldn't use that as an excuse.  Once every so often I would gather them all up transfer the information and put them back.  This just made it hard!  Most of them had the same information in them just worded differently.

So I went to recording myself when I was driving when I felt like writing, or had a good idea (this included songs that inspired me).  This was GREAT!  But I kinda killed my cell phone battery or ran out of storage space!  (my phone sucked anyway and I'm getting a new one tomorrow!)

So what does this mean?  When the mood strikes you can't force it down, and when it's not there you can't force it to be there.  So take the time when you have it and just breath and go for it.  I mean it.  It is just that simple. 

I did make some motivation cards to kinda just make sure I knew that I could do this!  So I've attached a picture for you to see, this was at work shhh...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Make it happen

Hi guys,

I have been busy!! I've been writing...not just on "A dating Bite" but working on "guarding the beast"-my gryphon's and working on some great ideas that I've come up with. 

What I'm also working on is this blog.  I am trying to make it nice for you guys...so tell me what you think would be good!  I am not all that great at it, but I'm learning. 

Lets see, as far as "Uncover Me" goes I'm on chapter 3 almost to chapter 4 on the rough draft.  This is a rough outline of something that was done in role play form and I've used the same people, but differently and used a different story line.  This is great, mostly because I can use some of what was already written. 

I'm also working on reading and critique reading the first couple chapters of Ash's story...

Alright, I'm off to bed, it's late, and I'm tired.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Readers Wanted

This is like an ad in a newspaper....

Critique partner wanted

Must be honest and want to read unpublished works and help work on them.

**Spelling helps, but knowing how to use spell check will work

**Nee to like Romance books, because that’s what they are

**Again, honesty is a must, I don't care if you hurt my feelings...I want them to be good!!

So do you know anyone who could do this with me I would be very happy. I will even read your works; I will help you, that's truly what I want!!! A partner!!

So, I am writing, I wrote some at work and I'm still trying to clean up what is typed already... it's the third revision of this start, one day I'll get past chapter 2!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So Far So good

Well, Monday was hard. I was home sick from work, but I did get the writing done. I wrote a total of 700 words. Not bad, considering I didn't even get out of bed till after noon.

What am I working on?? The W.I.P is titled "A Dating Bite" It's a story of a single mom who finds herself looking for daycare that has some special 'perks' for the sunlight challenged. I love the people in this book, Marie is kinda just like me and I see a lot of myself in Ava too. Putting yourself inside a book makes it hard, but it's also fun to do things you can only do in a book.

Today I am home again. I plan on writing today, even more than yesterday. Mostly because I want to get to the first big part of the book, that's where I've ended with the planning, and it will just be the "flow" taking over. I plan on keeping up better with my blog, because I hope that by the end of the year to be looking for an agent...here's to that!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New goals

So, goals are hard to deal with when life throws things at you. So you have school work or a full time job. You have homework, house work and people who depend on you, and not just the ones in your head.

So, most authors set goals, full time Authors have large goals like 3000 words a day. I've seen some who want to do even higher ones. Some who still have 'jobs' other than writing set smaller ones, but they still have a goal. I've seen some who go for the 3000 also.

I can't do that much. I have a full time job, two kids who have their own activities, T-ball for the boy and glam girl for the daughter. I also have a house to take care of and let's not forget relationships and relaxation to do.

So how do I fit in writing? I have found myself not writing, having trouble finishing what I have started and sometimes even getting going. That's when I had set a goal to finish a novel by the end of the year. That's right, the whole book will be finished before the end of 2010!

That's how I plan to do it. I plan to write at least 500 words a day. Why so little.... well, it was 1000, and I had trouble meeting it so far this year. I was struggling, fining it to be a punishment to write. Now how did I pick that goal?? I wanted to finish a book by the end of the year and wanted to have it edited. I looked that it would be 365000 words written by the end of the year, but it was too much.

My new goal is 500 a day, and it started this week. That leaves me 262 or so days left in the year. So by the end of the year I should have 131,000 words written. So that's the new goal, one that is easier to fit with in my life.

My challenge is for you to try it on too. If you have something that you want to complete, put a goal to it.