Monday Motivation & Humor

Good Monday morning everyone.

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I know I did. Over the weekend I worked on my current WIP putting it down on a story board, worked on the outline, picked up a new book I have been waiting on and can’t wait to start reading it, and binged watched some Gilmore Girls to remember what all happened before the brand new episodes debut on Netfix.

So a productive and happy weekend. Now, on to the week. Here are the funny reading and writing memes, and some motivation writing memes I found over the weekend.

Monday Motivation and Humor

Good Monday Morning. I would like to start with an apology. I missed last week, entirely. No excuses but, I started a new job. Which in turn made me leave my house every morning at 6:45am and not get home till around 7:00pm. Needless to say, my first week, between the new job and working on my manuscript, left me beat.

I neglected the blog.

But, I am back, now that I have become used to the routine and know what my schedule will be. So let’s start this week on a funny and possibly motivational tone. Here are the memes I found over the weekend.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Monday Motivation & Humor

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

So, not only is this morning dedicated to the funny and the motivational; It is also dedicated to thanks.

Over the weekend, one of my posts was shared on two different writers sites. I couldn’t be more grateful. I always hope that anything I post can be helpful to any who read them.

So thank you to A Writers Path and to Kim’s Author Support Blog for sharing my post with your readers. I sincerely hope they enjoyed it!

Now, on to our funny and sometimes motivating, Monday images to get you into a good mood to start the week.

 

This Writers Life: About Bravery

BraveSo today, I want to talk about bravery. As writers, as people, as humans we sometimes shy away from doing something we want to because of fear. We fear how we think we may do, we fear what others may think of us, we fear failure.

This week, I witnessed bravery in the face of something that would have terrified me. And I witnessed this from a teenager.

Now, I have said before, that I believe teenage girls to be the cruelest animal on the planet, and I stick by that. But, setting that aside, I witnessed my daughter look that fear in the eye and… shrug.

This week my daughter tried out for the High School Volleyball Team. Why did this simple act put me in awe of her? Because she has never played volleyball in her life. Aside from the few times in gym class, which of course does not go over the rules or positions. So she really had no experience in this sport.

Given that, she had really enjoyed playing in her gym class, and was set on trying out. My stomach was in knots for her, but of course I supported and encouraged her. She wanted to do this thing, where the odds were greatly stacked against her. Trying out with a bunch of girls who had far more experience, far more skill, and she still went for it.

I took her on the first day of tryouts, and I watched her shoulders square, her chin lift, and walk into that gym with her head held high. In that moment I stood in awe. So proud that she was trying, so proud that no matter how nervous she was, she didn’t show it, so proud that she didn’t let the fear stop her.

Now tryouts are over, and this isn’t a story, this isn’t fiction, and my heart broke for her when she told me she was cut and didn’t make it. However, she still said, after telling me she didn’t make it, she wants to practice, and she wants to go to the summer volleyball camp over the next summer so that when she tries out again next year, she will make it.

She faced the fear, the insurmountable odds stacked against her, and faced it with bravery. And though she didn’t accomplish her goal at this time, she isn’t lettting it stop her. In fact, she is more determined than she was before tryouts. To improve, to make it next year.

Sometimes in life, we allow these things, these fears of failure and doubt, to tell us we’re not good enough and we don’t try. We aren’t brave. I was reminded this week why we shouldn’t let that stop us. And I was reminded by my teenage daughter.

And though she didn’t make it, and though my heart still hurts for her, I couldn’t be more proud of her. For the way she handled herself, for the way she faced something that most adults would have shied away from, for the way she didn’t let this one obstacle stop her in her tracks. That she became more determined. And proud, that she taught me something.

So, to my daughter, one of the bravest people I know.

Monday Motivation & Humor

Oh Good Monday Morning everyone!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend and are up and ready for the week ahead, bright eyed and roaring to go.

I don’t have a lot to say this morning, so I will just right in with our funny and sometimes motivational reading and writing memes.

Monday Motivation and Humor

This is starting to become one of my favorite days. Sharing the funny or motivational images on reading or writing I found throughout the week before. Really, I look forward to it.

I hope you all find it amusing as well.

Sometimes, if I’m stuck writing, or on my lunch break, I look up funny memes for reading and writing, as well as motivational ones. I started doing this just to release stress and laugh, because let’s face it, that’s essential.

But now I get to share what I laugh at with you all, and that makes it even better.

So here are the ones I found last week.

Writing Tips Wednesday: 5 tips to keep you motivated to finish that first draft

Wednesday Writing Tips

Do you ever find yourself drifting? Not motivated to finish that draft? Get half way through and want to start on a new project?

Well, you’re not alone. A lot of writers feel this way. I know I feel it at times. I can’t tell you how many first drafts I started and then abandoned. How many unfinished manuscripts liter my closet and hard drive.

Now, whether this is from distraction, or the stories I abandoned not being big enough to carry all the way through to the end, one thing is for sure, I find new motivation every day.

As a writer you have to discipline yourself to keep going. Finish it. No matter if you think it’s crap.

I know I found this difficult at first. So find motivation to keep going.

Here are five tips to keep you motivated to finish that first draft:

  1. Give yourself a deadline

A reasonable one of course. If you work a day job and only have 2 hours to write a night, don’t set a deadline to finish a full length manuscript in a week, two weeks, etc. By doing that, you will only disappoint yourself and lose your motivation to keep going.

So give yourself a reasonable deadline. If you start on a Monday, give yourself a week to two weeks for research, a week for character bios, a week for your outline (if you outline), a chapter a day or every two days, and so on.

You could break it down in several ways, whichever works best for you. But, it’s a good idea to have one big deadline, with other smaller deadlines along the way.

For example, let’s hypothetically say I am starting a new project today, July 13, 2016. All I have is my idea so far. I want to finish it by the end of the year to have it go into revisions by January 1, 2017. Great, there is my deadline to finish my first draft. (This may seem like a lot of time, but this is just for informational purposes.)

Main Deadline:

December 31, 2016 – Completed First draft.

Smaller Deadlines:

July 31, 2016 – Research completed (Setting, Plot, Theme, etc.)

August 15, 2016 – Character Bios Completed (I know my Protagonist, I know my Antagonist, I know my side characters. I have their voice, dialect, back ground, and know how they fit into the world I will create from the research I completed.)

August 29, 2016 – Outline completed, if you outline. (I know the basic chapter outlines, scenes, how it will end. Can spot some inconsistencies in the story, I know where it’s going, and I’m ready to begin.)

November 1, 2016 – Reach half way point of the first draft. 9 weeks from when I started.

The next deadline after that is to finish. You can see how breaking it down and giving yourself deadlines can help. You have a goal, something smaller you’re working towards, other than to just finish. You have stepping stones.

2. ┬áDon’t second guess yourself.

When you’re writing, self-doubt can rear its ugly head. This is normal. But don’t let it stop you in your tracks. remind yourself that every writer feels this way. Remind yourself how the first draft is not the final draft. The point of the first draft is to get the story down. It is much easier to edit and revise a story when there is a completed story.

If you find yourself stopping because you don’t feel like your writing is up to par, or the story is all that great, know that you are not alone. Reach out to other writers, take a writing course if it makes you feel better, visit blogs of writers who discuss the difficulties of writing. But then get back to it. Don’t lament on word choices or sentence structure, those can all be changed in revisions and editing. Don’t compare it to what you’re reading. Not yet. Just get it down.

3. Write Everyday. Every. Day.

The only way to finish is to write. No matter if you write one sentence, or an entire chapter. Write everyday. To grow as a writer, you have to write. So do it. No excuses.

4. Set a writing schedule, and guard it with your life.

You have no idea how helpful this can be. When you schedule yourself an exact time to be writing, you no longer allow yourself the excuse of “I just don’t have the time today.” No, you do. Schedule other things around your writing block.

If you can only write at night because you’re busy during the day, great, set that time. Do not let anything else creep into this time. If you only have time at 5a.m., great, set your alarm and get up and write.

This writing block is sacred. Keep it safe, guard it, protect it, and don’t let anyone or anything (barring an emergency) interrupt it.

5. Find motivation in your peers.

Become friends with other writers. Writers who have finished a Novel. When you find yourself slumping, slacking, or just down right unmotivated to keep writing, reach out. Ask them what they did to keep themselves going. Read through twitter (I’m not kidding, you’d be surprised some of the motivation and support you can get there).

So there you have it, 5 tips to stay motivated to finish your first draft. These have helped me to stay motivated and go from unfinished manuscripts, to one full completed and one in progress.

How about you? Do you have additional tips to add to the list? Let’s hear them!