“You must be keen,” he said.Except I’m not. I have forced myself to the computer while the household are still asleep. I’m trying to instil a habit of writing. To do this writing job well I need to write even when I can’t be bothered. When I feel too lazy. When the ideas will not come.
Just like now.In November I used the NaNoWriMo framework to start a new short story every day. I didn’t insist that I finish unless a particular story was flowing well. Then I deliberately put them out of my mind. Two months later I looked again at those beginnings and was pleasantly surprised by what I had written. Many were usable ideas and have become stories I have since submitted and sold.
I decided to do the same exercise in April, managed two days and ground to a halt – because it was Easter, because the family were coming round, because I had a jigsaw to finish…What techniques do you use to motivate yourself to write even when you feel anything other than keen?