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October 16, 2009

Listening to the girls or self sabotage?

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 12:43 am

I’m sitting here on day . . . 2, maybe 3 of little motivation to write.  Well that’s not true.  I want to write, on the NaNo story I have scheduled for November instead of the manuscript I have spread out here next to me.  It’s not that I don’t like this story because I do it’s just the “new shiny” is calling.  Again.  I worry about this as it’s not the first time I’ve done this.  It’s far from the first time I’ve walked this road. 

I putter way the day and the evenings, well let’s just say Winter has arrived and it’s hard to push  beyond the urge to curl up and veg in front of the television.  It certainly doesn’t help when the placeholder for the NaNo story is on tv for large chunks of the evening.  I’m distracted and coming up with excuses.  I know that.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do either.  I don’t want this story, or any story, to become drudgery.  I don’t want to resent a project either. 

So guys, what do I do?



  1. I won’t lie and say it’s all sunshine and daisies. It’s not. The story can get rough and hard to write on. Sometimes I’d rather stick a fork in my eye, but I keep writing. Even when it’s a painful, I stick to it. One paragraph is more than no paragraph. One page is better than no page at all. And always it becomes fun again for me. The characters take a turn I didn’t expect. Or I write a throw away scene so the drudgery can end. Sometimes that zany scene stays. Either way I’m loving writing again.

    Best of luck and you can always have more wine.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 16, 2009 @ 1:09 am

  2. See the problem isn’t the writing but rather the current story. I’ve got characters chattering in my head, just wish it were the ones for the story I’ve been trying to move forward now instead of the story I want to start fresh on for NaNo. I think the mistake I made was pulling out the notebook for the NaNo story . . . or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to not focus. Don’t know at the moment, too tired to think straight.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 16, 2009 @ 1:17 am

  3. I’m always partial to rewards. Write for ten minutes, get five Oreos. Write for another ten, get a glass of chocolate milk. (Your rewards may vary…) I think once you get into the habit, you’ll pick up steam and will becaome UNSTOPPABLE!!!

    And as far as which story to write, I’d say go with the one the girls are sending up. By being unpublished, we have the luxury of being choosy with what stories we’re wriing (rather than being under contract), so play with that freedom for the few more months you won’t have to worry about it (because then you’ll get an agent and a contract and wheee!)

    Comment by Pamela Cayne — October 16, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  4. Thanks Pam! I’ll have to work on a rewards system and I think I’ll just listen to the girls and what story they are sending for the moment.

    I think some of my lack of motivation is the sudden (very sudden) change of season. Seasonal changes always effect me but the inches of snow hasn’t made me a very happy human being. It will all settle down soon and I’ll be back in a rhythm.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 16, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  5. I always have the same “Ooh, shiny!” problem with focusing on my current story instead of working on the shiny new idea. Try setting a timer for 15 to 30 minutes and tell yourself after you spend that time writing your current story, your reward will be putting it away and letting the new characters chatter all they want while you pay attention. There’s a good chance that when the timer goes off you’ll be too engrossed in the current manuscript to quit, but if not, then at least you’ll have done your duty to it for the day.

    Comment by Jean — October 16, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  6. What Jean said. I like that idea. The new shiny being the reward for being a good author.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 16, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  7. I’m absolutely going to work on some sort of reward system, not sure what direction, but I’ll be formulating a plan this weekend.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 16, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  8. I understand your conundrum. Nothing is as fun as the story you’ve barely begun. At least you have a set starting date for it, so you know it won’t be on the back burner forever, right?

    Comment by Caryn Caldwell — October 27, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  9. Having a start date has helped, a little. I’m actually about to plug into the playlist and get an outline down so I’ll have a blueprint for Sunday. I started NaNo last year with a bare bones outline and it served me well. I just hope I can get the current manuscript a little longer before the month ends. I’ve been distracted by . . . well . . . everything lately. Not a great way to go into NaNo.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 27, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

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