The Writer’s Bane: Staying Motivated…Hanging in There When Life Has Other Plans

Life is a demanding thing, isn’t it? Thanks to my recent move to Ohio, I’ve found that my writing is now weeks behind schedule, and whenever I do get some time I’m so exhausted that the lure of the bed is so powerful that I opt to catch some rest instead of trying to do some catch up. Add to that the ever present demanding day job, and sometimes the notion of writing regularly seems to be incredibly elusive. 

Luckily I have a supportive wife, who has gone to great lengths to help me carve out some writing time.  I still think that I can publish my novella, THE PRINCE OF GRAVES, by late October, early November, and my novel SHADOWS AND BONES, by February.  Still, the call of sleep sometimes wins over the call to creativity, so I’ve tried – with some success – to keep in mind the things that inspire me. I decided it might be helpful to others struggling with keeping on track, writing wise, to categorize these areas of inspiration and to share them here.

1. Remember why you do what you’re doing.  I’m not writing just to put words on paper. I love creating, and I love telling stories.  I’ve never had occasion, as some writers have claimed, to hate or resent my characters or to despise my own writing.  I love it, and I need to get my work out in front of others – otherwise, what’s the point?  When the day is finally winding down, and I start vegging out on some game on my Xoom, I’ll suddenly remember that I could be creating, writing, and more and more I’m putting down the games and picking up the virtual pen.

Article continued on The Weathered Journal.


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