Motivation

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I wish I could find this again so that I could be sure to quote it accurately, but a couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook something to the effect of, “Writers write. Posers write tomorrow.” Possibly, there was some other word in place of “Poser.” The point is, that quote really kicked my butt, and has become yet another mantra for me, and I pass it along in the hope that it will inspire others.

There are days or weeks even when I don’t feel like writing. I’m not in the mood; it’s hard; I have so much life stuff or other work or whatever providing a perfect excuse for procrastination. But here’s the truth: every day I don’t write it becomes harder to write the next day. Every day I do, it’s easier to pick up the pen again. Creativity is something like a muscle. If you work at it on a regular basis, it becomes easier, the strength of your words and use of your time that much more productive. If you get into a routine, you get things done. It’s much like the theory of studying they teach you in school – if you study at about the same time and under the same conditions every day, you’ll be preconditioned to focus on absorbing the knowledge and buckling down, and your time will be better spent. Writing is like that for me.

It’s easy to become so daunted by the action or emotional scene in front of you that you fear your ability to write, but if you shy away from it, it will certainly never get written. Accept that it might not be right the first time. Or the second. Or the third. Commit to putting the work in. Accept that you might need to rewrite entirely. But sometimes you only find the proper path by allowing yourself to get lost in the woods, trying this way and that. But if you never wade in, you’ll never find your way to Granny’s house to save her from the Big Bad Wolf.

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18 comments to Motivation

  • sagablessed

    Too true!!

  • Absolutely true! I’ve gone a long while without sitting down and doing a prolongue write (as opposed to rewrites and edits), and I know I’m out of practice. I’m hoping that I can start to do more writing more often soon. But I can totally feel it when I haven’t written in a long while.

  • This. The exercise analogy works for me. Just as mixing workout days makes the next workout that much worse, so missing writing days makes it harder to write. So now I’m going to get to work . . .

  • Well-said, Lucienne! I agree, it’s so much easier to get to work when I’m in a rhythm, but like Emily, I find that being revisions and rewrites can take up a lot of that time. While necessary, they definitely break that rhythm. Maybe more balance is in order?

    Oh, and it was “Authors write today. Pretenders write tomorrow.” :)

  • Ah ha! Thanks, Laura, I knew Posers sounded a big harsh. Was it you who posted that great quote?

  • You’re welcome, Lucienne! Yes, via one of my friends.

  • AWESOMELY said! That is so very true!! The longer you are away from your story, the harder it is to get back in the swing of things. It’s another reason why I hate having to stop when other responsibilities call. Then it’s hard to get back in the sing of things. Def a great reminder that the longer you wait, the harder it’ll be. Love the Big Bad Wolf analogy!

  • Cindy

    Thanks for a very helpful message.

  • Definitely good advice and a message I’m struggling to internalize. I was doing well until life stuff got in the way and now I’m trying to get myself back into the rhythm. I love the quote, and will be posting that above my computer immediately!

  • Bows to Lucienne. Writing. Writing now. :)

  • Lately, I’ve been splitting up my time between writing lyrics, singing lyrics, writing short stories based on the synopses that I used for writing the lyrics, editing/revising a couple novels I have so I can get them sent back out, and continuing the writing on a NIP (novel in progress). Housework? What’s that? 😉

  • Ken

    Great advice Lucienne!

    That is now my second favorite writing quote
    I’ve been following the advice and squeezing in regular writing time…now I have to figure out how to swing it so that it’s not at such an evil, early hour in the morning :)

  • Ken, oh, I hear you on the evil, early hour. I don’t write at 5:30 a.m. anymore, but for the longest time…

  • quillet

    So true! And thanks, I needed to hear this today. I’m going to keep that writing-date with myself, now. Right now, no excuses. (For me it’s the evil, late hour!)

  • Vhaudikas

    Thank you.

  • Ken

    Quill…there’s no such thing :)

  • Gypsyharper

    So true! My main writing goal right now is to have a schedule and stick to it – right now, that’s lunch hours, Saturday morning, and one night a week writing date with my writing partner. I’d love to have more time, but I’ve definitely found that keeping a regular schedule is best, even if it’s not as much time as I want.

  • quillet

    @ Ken LOL you’re right! What is wrong with me? I blame those evil, *early* hours: they’ve warped my thinking. 😀