Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's a total mystery...

...in terms of what I'm gonna post about today. I've been working under a deadline for a non-fiction (and non-mystery) writing project and it's due President's Day. Which is Monday. So my brain and creativity (which don't always work in tandem) have been focused entirely on this particular project, which consists of stringing a lot of quotes together from survey respondents. Which can get really dull REALLY fast.

So here's my question. What do you do when you are bored to tears with your own writing project? How do you keep going? For me (on this particular book) it's two-fold: keeping a promise to my writing partner and friend, and the fact we'll get the second half of a decent (and very much needed) advance when we turn this puppy in.

What keeps all of you going when you want to turn a flame-thrower on your computer? I want to hear about inspiration and perspiration!

And now back to the perspiring here....

6 comments:

F. M. Meredith, author said...

Money is a great motivator. I've ghost written several projects that I wasn't thrilled with--autobiographies, conspiracy theory novels--but the money paid in thirds certainly kept me writing.

With my own books, I don't have the time to write as much as I'd like--the motivation for those is the enjoyment I get from the writing.

Marilyn
http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

Dana Fredsti said...

Right now my motivator are money, getting another book published, and not letting my co-author down. And working towards someday being able to work part-time instead of full time, if not quit the day job altogether... But oh...I am So looking forward to the fiction again!

Chester Campbell said...

It's been too long to remember since I had a writing project that bored me to death. Thankfully I don't depend on my writing for a living. Retirement has its advantages. Like Marilyn, I write for enjoyment, and, hopefully, a little cash to boot.

Helen Ginger said...

For me, going back and reading earlier parts of the book that I haven't read in a while help me get back into it. If it's been a long time, it's almost like reading someone else's words.

Morgan Mandel said...

Sometimes I wait too much for the perfect time to write instead of just doing it. There's no perfect time. There will always be zillions of e-mails to catch up on, dishes to clean, etc. I need to block all that out and just do it.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/morganmandel

Dana Fredsti said...

There really isn't any perfect time to write for me either - which is why I just have to make time to do it. It's getting past the initial frustration/boredom (depending on the project) I find challenging. Helen, I find going back and re-reading stuff very helpful too, especially if I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality of my own writing.

Chester, green with envy here! Green!