Apr 4, 2012

A to Z + IWSG - Discipline, Determination & Dreams



Today is a double blogging day!  It is both the first day of the month, which mean Insecure Writer's Support Group, and the fourth day of the A to Z blogfest.

Those of you who have been following know that March was insane for me.  Just absolutely insane.  My housework suffered, my grading (I'm a teacher) suffered, I just got behind on life.  And that meant my writing was no where near where I wanted it to be.  And that sucks.


I feel like I became a stranger to my characters, forgetting who they were and what I was trying to say about them.  I tried to squeeze in time for even a little character development but not much was done as far as progress was concerned.  

But I remembered what happened before, when I felt like this.  I would quit.  I was so far behind the goals that really only mattered to me that I couldn't imagine getting caught back up.  

So, I'm not quitting.  I'm annoyed and frustrated that writing fell so far down the priority list, but I can see that my determination has changed, that I'm willing to keep working and not getting overwhelmed by the progress that could have been. I have put parameters in place to resume writing every day, making the sacrifices for the little things that don't really matter in order to achieve my dreams that have been my dreams for so long.

How do you keep up the motivation to chase your dreams?  What are some ideas to maintain your determination when it just seems so daunting? 




24 comments :

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My characters won't let me give up even if I wanted to.

Yes, I'm in serious need of therapy. lol

I've sacrificed TV time so that I can write more. With one exception. But I count Criminal Minds as research. :D

Bish Denham said...

A little meditation, a walk in the woods, some alone time. These things help keep me determined. That and the fact that sometimes the characters in my head are like pit bulls and just won't let me rest.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I play a relaxation cd in a darkened room. I find my determination wanes if I feel stressed.
In no time I feel better , motivation and determination usually returns.

Yvonne.

farawayeyes said...

Sacrifice the little things that don't really matter. Great advice.

Tonja said...

I wrote about the same thing. March was not good for me either. I think we have to have faith in ourselves that we can pick up our ms where we left off. It's better for me to write a little bit most days than nothing. But some days don't leave room for even a little bit of writing.

Danielle B. said...

Sometimes life happens and other stuff gets pushed aside.

My kids keep me going. I have them so wrapped up in my writings that they have no choice but to keep me motivated.

Cassie Mae said...

You know, best thing about writing taking a break from us is that when we finally get back to it, it's like having lunch with some old friends. It's a little awkward at first, but pretty soon you're talking like there never was a break. You keep pushing forward my dear! :)

Clare said...

Determination is so important if you want to make it as a writer. Reminding yourself why you write in the first place is a good way to start when lacking motivation.

Angela Cothran said...

I don't feel like I have to push myself or force determination. I think it's because I love writing and would do it no matter what.

DonnaGalanti said...

Great post! And a tough spot to be in. I think writers can fall into this trap easily...need all three of these D's to climb out again. Good luck and nice to be in A to Z with you!
www.donnagalanti.com
A to Z

lostinsidethecovers said...

Excellent advice, those little things that ultimately don't matter take up so much time!

Shannon Cyr said...

I don't force myself to work on my fiction if I'm not feeling it. I can't do that with my professional writing career since I have deadlines - that's about sucking it up and just doing it.

I've found that breaks from my writing create some needed distance from my characters and the story. When I'm ready to return to it, I'm able to approach the mss with a new set of eyes. To keep from beating myself up over my breaks, I remind myself that writing is about the journey not the destination and I need to cherish each step of the process, even the ones I don't like.

I hope that helps!

Shannon
http://shannoncyr.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't know, but you just motivated me! I pulled up my Google Reader this afternoon and there were a hundred and fifty posts from my blogger buddies alone. I had no idea how I was going to get through all of those but just started down the list. Now I am determined to reach the end!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I just force myself to keep going, even when I want to give up. I know how disappointed I'd be in myself if I did give up. I have in the past - no more!

Happy Hump Day!
My D

Donna K. Weaver said...

My father drilled into me when I was a teen not to give up. He was a high school drop out and regretted it his entire life, even though he later got his GED and attended college. I've been grateful to him many times.

Andrew Leon said...

I know how that is. I have so many things going on right now, it feels like nothing is happening anywhere.

Michelle Mach said...

Sometimes I need to find encouragement from other writers, whether at a conference or just one of my favorite writing books. Other times, oddly, I find that if I walk away briefly, then I'll get the spark of an idea and that will bring me back to the page.

Jessica L. Foster said...

It seems like there are always times when things get crazy and writing slows. When it happens to me, I just try to keep my chin up and focus on the future, not the past. Tomorrow can only get better.

50 foot QE said...

Sometimes you have to leave the work and come back to it later to see it clearly. Just make sure you have time to feed the writer.

Leigh Covington said...

It's easy to give up. One thing that has kept me going is the writing community. Everyone is so positive and uplifting. Okay - probably not everyone, but the majority. Also - I keep telling myself that the only way to ensure I fail is if I give up. So I don't give up. I keep working on it. :)

Rena said...

I'm suffering from grading problems too. =(

*hugs*

And go get a pedicure. Always helps me.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I just buckle down and get it done. But it is hard to stay focused. Good luck on the challenge.
dreamweaver

Beth said...

A little bit of encouragement helps. Maybe write something (short) you can post somewhere for people to tell you how brilliant you are, then you can be prepared for the tougher challenge. ;)
Just a thought.

Alana said...

I think giving yourself permission to take a guilt free break can do wonders for getting back on track!

It stinks to have a busy month when you get behind in everything in life ... I completely feel you there, so I hope things get back to normal soon and you are able to fit in all your writing and other priorities in the way that works best for you!

Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com