I’ve been working on being more disciplined in my life- not just trying to write every day, but trying to do it a certain times, to treat it more like a job, than a work-at-home thing, because I can admit I’ve let the work at home thing …relax my ways a bit. Okay, quite a bit. With this in mind I thought I’d share some of my own motivation thoughts to stick with it this week.
A Quote or three:
“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”- Martha Washington
“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” - Denis Waitley
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” - Lou Holtz
A kick in the pants:
Thanks to Marjorie Lii for sharing this tidbit.
And, finally, from Chuck Wendig: “The Secret Menu of Writing Advice”
Write what you want to write. Write what you need to write. Write what engages you, what interests you, what gets your blood pumping and your jaw tight. Because what else are you going to do? Play it safe? Write what everybody else is writing just because everybody else is writing it? What’s the point? Why bring nothing new to the table? Why fail to bring yourself and your passions to the page?
Write urban fantasy because you want to write it. You want to write astronaut porn? Suburban murder mysteries? Arthouse tales of North Korean sexual repression? Fuck it. Buckle up, and write it.
A Reader Review of MY PREROGATIVE that I just saw on the weekend, and that made me want to write because the reader “got it”. (Plus, she commented on something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, the whole ex-military, special forces, cop hero thing. ) And BTW: My Prerogative is on sale for $5.60 right now
Ms. Daisy wrote…
Everybody knows a person like Kelsey or have heard outrageous stories about someone like her, but has anyone taken the time to find out what makes the wild child tick. Sasha White has created one of the most realistic h I have read in a romance book and deconstructed her before our eyes so the reader can fully understand why she does the things she do. My Prerogative is a story about finally growing up and getting ones life together before it is too late. Kelsey is the cool chick living her life by her own terms and loving it. Although she has a college degree she decided long ago the conventional life of a pencil pusher was not for her. Bartending in a popular Night Club is her thing and sex is her calling. She eat, sleep and breathe sex, nothing is forbidden or too outrageous. She also has deep depressive moods she must control, the methods she use is a big part of her problem. The customers and co-workers at her bar believe she is leading a happy exciting life because she is the life of the party and and sexually free. What they don’t know is that there are deep disturbing emotions consuming Kelsey that keep her from having meaningful relationships. She secretly desires a man that will accept her as she is especially her sexuality. Her family loves her but fears she will never settle down and find a committed partner. She meets Harlan after he spies on her through his apartment window while she was pleasuring herself. Once Kelsey discovers she has an audience she really puts on a series of shows that will rival a Porn Star. Harlan is smitten with Kelsey and decides to get to know her which proves harder than he imagined. He is persistent and patient as he navigate the mine field of Kelsey’s personality. It was similar to peeling away the layers of an onion, he found her center just as appealing as her outside. Harlan is the kind of alpha male I adore, confident, strong, caring and willing to let Kelsey figure out for herself what she needs to be happy. I enjoyed this modern romance about a bad girl finally falling in love for all the right reasons. The sex is HOT, but the sex with Harlan is sizzlin’ with a lot of heart. You know this man loves him some Kelsey.
Finally a book about falling in love without a kidnapping, gun or Special Ops/Assassin in sight. I don’t know why every other romantic book whether HR, Erotica or Contemporary you pick up lately feel the need to insert some type of violence/crime into the plot to bring the H/h together. If you are looking for a romantic sexy read this is the book for you.
I admit it, I find reader reviews very motivation when it comes to my writing. Sales are always good, but actually hearing (or reading) that someone has enjoyed the story that I created, the characters that I build, really warms my heart and makes me want to do it again ad again.
What motivates you to stick with your goals?