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I am planning to be inspired and motivated

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.

Your turn

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)?

13 responses to “I am planning to be inspired and motivated”

  1. Amy Parmenter says:

    motivation is such a great subject. most people have several different blocks around it. finding ways to push through those blocks is key — and there are probably several approachs. wish i could add one here, but i’m not motivated. :0) (just running out the door — nothing personally i assure you!)

    Amy Parmenter
    The ParmFarm

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks a lot for your comment. It would be awesome if you’d tell me how you stay motivated. I love this subject, and do my best to stay on top of it.

      Thanks again 🙂

  2. Krishna YetDigital says:

    I believe this post makes everyone to get some motivation and derive some inspiration 🙂

  3. Christina Crowe says:

    Hi Jen,

    Good luck with your novel! I’ve been meaning to work on a novel of my own for a long time. Though, once I got started, I ended up putting it on hold.

    After reading this, I’m considering writing in it again. I have two novels that I’ve started (one on historical romance and the other fantasy). Thanks for the motivation boost!


    • Hi Christina,

      I understand why can put a novel on hold. It’s so hard to write one. When I first got started I found the writing to be fairly easy, but now, when I have written more than 350 pages, it’s very hard and the more I write the harder it seems to be. The story is all over the place, and it feels like I am in no control 🙂

      I hope you start writing again. I would love to see your books published.

      Thanks a lot for the awesome comment (and the motivation boost).

  4. Suzanne says:

    motivation is such a good subject and it is very important for all.

  5. 110k? Dang Jens, she’s getting up there man.

    Loved what you said about giving yourself ‘permission to suck’. Great point. As a writer, some days are going to be great and others are not–hence the need for accepting suckiness….and it happens to all of us.

    Like you, I look for inspiration everywhere. I try to stay open to it. I try to be aware….and I try to write thoughts down wherever and whenever.

    Keep up the great work Jens. You’re coming down the home stretch!!


    • jens says:

      Hi Marcus,

      I have just finished writing 122k 🙂

      I’m really looking forward to getting some feedback. My wife will be the first one to read it. I hope it doesn’t suck 🙂

      Thanks a lot for your comment, much appreciated.

  6. Christian says:

    I tend to plan when I’m going to be motivated. I’m of the opinion that pretty much everyone in this world chooses to do exactly what they want to in life. I know what I want, and I do what I want. If I’m going to be successful for a day, then I’ve got to plan it out the night before. Otherwise, I just won’t be successful.

  7. ELLEN says:

    I think inspiration is what comes of action. It targets what is on your mind. It happens for doers and thinkers. At least thats how I am starting the article I’m writing on the topic of inspiration. I remember reading something about the man who invented the electric sewing machine. His all-consuming problem was the design of a needle that worked. The inspiration for a workable design came to this man of action in a dream. Snug in his bed, he was being chased by a band of warriors throwing spears his way. In his dream he saw the sharply pointed spears flying through the air but there was something just a little different about the spears. They were not solid. There were enlongated holes above each pointed tip. He woke from the dream and began his work anew. He had the design he was sure would work. Sometimes when you leave a problem the answer comes to you. It has happened to me from time-to-time as I’m doing some other mundane task. I’ll be doing dishes, enjoying the sensation of hot, sudsy water and smooth unensils in my hand and enjoying the energy of work when suddenly the answer to a problem jumps from nowhere into my thinking. Become a doer in order to gain inspiration. Tackle the problem. Begin. Do. Think. Good things are bound to happen. (I’m going to clean this up a little, add a little to it and put it in my article on my Squidoo page. Thanks for allowing me to be busy on your blog.)

    • Hi Ellen,

      That’s a very interesting story, and I haven’t thought about inspiration this way. To me, inspiration just seems to appear from out of nowhere, usually when I’m out walking and enjoying nature. But, I have to be doing something. If I just sit on my office and I’m looking for inspiration I usually won’t find it. I can’t force it.

      Add a link to your article, I’d love to read it.

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