This week’s prompt for Wicked Wednesday is motivation. How do you motivate yourself to do the thing you want or need to do? Whether it’s the day job, blogging or writing stories/novels, how do I keep motivated when things get tough?
I don’t always follow the prompt when I participate in memes, but I really like this one. It’s something that I have been asking myself lately. I was really busy in 2019, but that meant that I had to keep motivated to write or else I would miss deadlines.
I don’t always find it easy to keep myself going. Especially when you have an “off” day and all you want to do is curl up in bed with a good book. While self-care days are important, at some point you have to face the music and start writing. I find motivation with the day job easier because you have people around you who are in the same boat, so you keep each other going. But when it’s just you and your laptop at home, that’s another story.
Sometimes I also find it difficult to keep myself motivated when I don’t get paid for my writing. I have days when I look at other bloggers and writers and they seem to be doing so much better than me – financially – with their blogs and writing. They seem to be winning competitions with their work, or be getting commissions left, right and centre. That can make me feel like a loser. Like I haven’t “made it”, whatever “made it” may be. And then the motivation to create more content goes right out the window.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve decided to take a step back from monetising my blog and my writing. Apart from wanting to recoup my expenses from self-publishing my novel, The Insatiable Jane Travers, I won’t actively try to get it to become a bestseller, nor will I try to get an agent or publisher for any of my following novels. Monetising what is essentially my hobby kills my motivation.
Whenever I am no longer motivated to write or work on my blog, I take a step back and ask myself why that is. There is always an underlying issue. I LOVE writing, so for me not to be motivated to do it there has to be a reason. It could be because my day job is too busy and stressful. Or maybe I am writing things that don’t really speak to me, but that I think my readers want. Or I feel like I need to make my novel more “commercial” rather than write what’s in my heart.
Generally, I get motivation from going back to why I enjoyed the activity in the first place. If I struggle with a blog post, I try to figure out what it is that I actually want to say. Am I authentic or am I pandering to an audience? Am I putting myself out there or am I hiding? And if I’m hiding, why? The same goes for my short stories and novels. As long as I write the story I feel like writing, I have no problem with motivation. As soon as I change it to suit others, my motivation goes right out the window.
Motivation is different for everyone. I just shared what works for me, but to see other people’s perspective, click on the Wicked Wednesday badge below to see what others are writing about this theme.
It’s the roaring twenties.
Desperate to escape the stifling confines of her life with her aunt and uncle in New York, Jane Travers arrives at her friend Rachel’s country home determined to enjoy a summer full of fun and excitement. Rachel has promised her risqué parties, but what awaits Jane is beyond her wildest dreams. Guided by her old flame, Sidney Fitzroy, and the sensual singer Lillian Smith, Jane enthusiastically embarks on a journey of sexual self-discovery.
With Sidney and Lillian both satisfying her deepest desires, Jane sheds her restrictive upbringing and embraces her newfound freedom. As her feelings for both Lillian and Sidney intensify, Jane faces an impossible choice: a stable future with Sidney or a lifetime of excitement with Lillian.
But how can she choose when her heart belongs to both of them?