Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Butt. In. Chair.

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I've been through those times before. You know the ones. Where you hit a wall and either have no idea where to go next in your book, don't have the motivation to finish and just want to start a new project, or need to take a break from writing all together because you just aren't feeling it.

I'm going through that now. Where all I want to do is work on the book I'm excited about, NOT the one I HAVE to write with a tight deadline and no desire to do it. But I have to, because it's my JOB. And did I mention tight deadline?

I have to constantly tell myself: Butt in chair, Ilima. Butt in chair! I've decided to take it one day at a time. I WILL do this.

How do you motivate yourself to keep going when you REALLY don't want to?

I keep feeling smaller and smaller...


12 comments:

Murees Dupé said...

Butt in chair is the best solution. I even put on music to motivate me. I hope you make tons of progress. All the best.

Sarah Foster said...

I guess if you have a deadline it's important to get it done, but maybe give yourself just a little time each day to work on the new story that you're excited about. Maybe it will help keep you motivated and inspired to keep going.

Sarah Foster
August IWSG Co-host

Donna K. Weaver said...

Sometimes I think those deadlines kill creativity. Good luck finding it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Maybe try giving yourself a small treat or reward when you achieve a daily or weekly goal? Whether that's getting to work on the story you're excited about or a good piece of chocolate or watching favorite TV show. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Emma Adams said...

Deadlines, daily goals and rewards can all work! :) Good luck!

jaybird said...

I never want to write what I have to write, I always go off in my own direction. I feel your pain of having to just slam your butt down in a chair and do it!! *Big hugs to you*

Chrys Fey said...

Taking it one day at a time is the thing to do. You can do it, Ilima!! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know the feeling! Although fortunately I never had one I HAD to work on. Just none that called to me. Just keep powering through.

S.K. Anthony said...

Butt in chair. Butt in chair. Butt in chair. That's a pretty good mantra for me to chant to right now lol

Good luck getting it done, you can do it!!!

DAVID WALSTON said...

I use lots of coffee and chocolate. It tends to help me get through the day, and on emotionally hard days it's the chocolate that helps. My wife tells me I should have been born a girl.

Morgan said...

Now THAT'S the question… sigh…

I think for me, I *try* to remember my ultimate goals and how passionate about them I am… and I usually can feel a hint of that spark that can keep me going. But there are definitely periods of time where I can't do it at all…

Keep pushing, Ilima. So sorry for the tight deadline!!! But I believe in you!!!!!

Tammy Theriault said...

my advice is to make it exciting again. brainstorm it with someone even if you have all the plot and characters down. when they show excitement, it reminds you of your initial excitement. and also talking about it positively and updating us. that will make it more obligatory as you beat out writing goals if you choose that route too! I'm always here for ya to bounce around with!! butt bouncing in chair - what a vision!