A long time ago, I realized that I am the one to blame. A long time ago, I realized that the only thing I can do about it is to do something about it. I am talking about getting things done. I am also talking about work. No matter what work is.
Writing a novel
I have told you this before, but I am going to keep telling you about it again and again. I am writing a novel, and so far, I have written about 115,000 words. I am thinking; not bad for a newbie. But I am still not finished. Now comes the hard part. The second, and third, and fourth drafts. The editing. Making the story a lot better.
I still haven’t told you what the novel is about. Instead, I wrote a post about how to get my novel published. I will let you know what it’s all about, sometime soon. Next week (that’s a promise).
Why motivation and inspiration are important
It’s really hard to work when you’re not motivated. To me, it’s close to impossible to work, if I am not ready for it.
If you are not motivated, then I believe that you can’t possibly be at your best. I want to only be working when I am at a peak. To me, it’s all about peak performance.
Motivation really sucks, because usually I can’t just start writing, or working right away. I need to plan my motivation.
Inspiration really sucks, because usually inspiration just sort of hits me, and I don’t understand how or why.
I plan my motivation
When I know that I am going to write on my novel, I don’t just sit down and start writing. I know a lot of people just starts work immediately. Well, I am not like that.
That’s probably why I wrote the 4 things I do the first 30 minutes at work.
When I am writing, I do the following in order to plan my motivation.
First, I need to plan what I am going to do, and usually I break everything down into small pieces before taking action.
Then, if I start writing (after breaking what I am going to write into small pieces of chapters), I give my self permission to suck. I believe that no matter what I do, I never get it perfect the first time. So, I plan to write fast, and then edit it later on. I just want the words and the story.
Third, I have one goal for the day. And that’s the goal I am planning to reach. For instance, I can plan to write 1,000 words, and I won’t stop writing until I reach 1,000 words. I always make sure that my goals are possible to measure. I never set writing a quality chapter as one of my goals. I would rather say write for an hour. That’s because I want to know for sure when I am done.
I plan my inspiration
I sort of understand what inspires me. And I make it a habit to look for inspiration every single day.
I am writing a suspense novel. Hence, I read a chapter from a suspense novel before starting to write (I watch movies too). I love music, hence I listen to music every single day. I love walking, hence I walk for an hour every single day. I love thinking. I love eating too. And what I love the most is to combine the things I love. So, I read a chapter from a novel, while listening to music, while eating and walking.
Actually, that’s not true. What I do is that I challenge the things I take for granted. I don’t keep doing the same things over and over again in order to find inspiration. I try new things all the time. For instance, I listen to music, but I look for new music every single day. The same with books, and the same with walking. I walk to different places. I do what comes naturally, and I try to combine what I feel like combining. I don’t know how or why, but I find inspiration when I am looking for it. The important part is to keep looking for it.
I would love to know more about how you start the process of working. Do you plan your motivation and inspiration? Or do you just start working and keep working until you’re finished (and when are you finished)?