This is less an advisory post than sharing a motivational moment, or demotivational, however you want to see it (you've been warned).
But first, how about a little anecdote to get us going? (If there's one thing this blog needs more of, it's movie clips with Bill Murray in it!)
Pretty much how we feel after reading our first drafts, right?
Some of you may have heard of an app called Write or Die, which I was introduced to at our last inkPageant gathering. My revision was lagging a bit, so I investigated. This program is pure, downloadable, insanity. Seriously. It's like inviting a troll into your computer with a cattle prod. The point of this self-imposed virtual slap? It keeps you writing throughout a certain window of time. If you get distracted or procrastinate, the app starts messing with you. And punishes you. Relentlessly. It will even delete your lines if you allow it. Yeouch!
There's just one problem: you can turn it off. If one can discipline themselves to keep it on, and stay on track, there's really no point to having the app. That is, of course, if one needs it to get into the writing habit. Then I was thinking (uh oh), should I buy this?
This question posed a free alternative: What if I died tomorrow?
We don't like to think about, but it's a reality we all must face:
There's a point to all of this, so don't freak out.
Each day, I get old, a little closer to drawing the curtain on this thing I know as life. If this isn't the case for you, we should talk (we'll patent it and make millions, okay? - but no vampire bites. That won't fly).
While I intend to live a full life, writing as much as I can, I realized I ought to live each day to the fullest, writing or not. Set a manageable goal in the morning and say to myself, "I'm going to do this or I'm going to die." (There's a clover in my wallet - so jinx free, right?)
With that mindset, I found myself unstoppable this last week. Food? Sleep? What's all that about? It was a tremendous, if not radical motivational stunt that kicked my writing back into gear. If not to get published, to finish something, to leave for someone to find in the future (If you've ever read Cloud Atlas, you'll know what I mean).
This is not the rule, just my thoughts on the matter.
Everyone works at their own level of motivation, apps or no apps, vacations or jelly beans, which doesn't always work or may need altering at any time. This is what's worked for me lately. So wherever we are in our projects, the end is near *cough* ... of our book, of course. We can do it. When it's done, we can be like this guy:
What's your motivation to keep your writing on track? Any less drastic approaches that works for you? Ever try a fried Twinkie?
I'm David, and you're going to ... be awesome today!