Wednesday, November 28, 2012
My Writing Motivation (Writercize)
This week, Writercize asks about my motivation to write.
What prevents me from writing?
I love to read so much that it often interferes with my writing time. This year I even started a Pinterest board to keep track of all the books I have read. During NaNoWriMo this year, I only allowed myself to read books about writing. This kept me more focused and inspired me to write. However, it also made me want to start revising before I had finished the first draft. I did manage to sneak in one non-fiction book this month also, since it was research for the novel I am writing :)
2. My Crafts
I love to create. I knit, crochet and bead. In the evening, when I am sitting on the couch, relaxing after work, I usually pick up a project. Sometimes it's my writing, but more often it's a knitting or crochet project.
3. My Daily Routine
I have yet to put away time in my daily routine that is sacred and only for writing. I work 40 hours a week, maintain my house, cook meals and spend lots of time with my husband and elderly kitty. All of these responsibilities take away from my writing time.
I almost forgot one of my biggest distractions: the internet. I love to read blogs. I can spend hours just staring at Pinterest. I am a member of more than one social network. Sometimes I can't use the computer for writing because there are too many ways to be distracted :)
What motivates me to write?
I have always loved to write and have kept a journal of one type or another for much of my life. I used to rely on other people's prompts and searched out lists of new and interesting ideas and story starters. Then, one day I realized that I had some of my own story ideas swirling around in my head. I discovered NaNoWriMo and decided to give it a try. Now I can't stop the story ideas and I feel a need to get them all down on paper, even if they never get published.
What prevents you from writing? What motivates you to write?