I’m back with another short, non-update update.
Honestly, I don’t know if I should keep doing these posts.
I’ve barely touched my SF WIP this year, and every time I have an urge to actually sit down and work on it – I either lose that motivation the minute I sit down to work on it, or I’m busy at work and can’t work on it.
And work is busy, I come home hot, tired and wanting to do nothing but sit down, have a beer and chill. The last thing I want to do is revise.
It also doesn’t help that in my brain, my book is done. Revisions are done. So, when I sit down to actually work on my book, I get annoyed that it’s not actually done and then I get frustrated and I’m so annoyed at myself. Back before COVID, when I got into these moods, I would go to Barnes and Nobles and I would force myself to write. It was like going to work, so I had to do the work.
Working from home 24/7 (when it comes to writing) has sucked. It’s stripped my accountability – that’s an excuse, I know, but that’s what it feels like. It’s even more annoying to think that if I could just sit down, uninterrupted by anyone else in my house, I could probably knock the rest of the revisions out in a handful of days. I know exactly what needs to change, what needs to be added, what needs to be deleted. Even though I’m not physically working on my SF WIP, I’ve been thinking about it a lot.
Whenever I’m at work and in the rare moments I’m not listening to an audiobook, I’m thinking about how much I want to get back to my characters story, finish it, and freaking move on to the next step.
I think I said it in the last update – I’m ready for people to read this WIP. I’m hella nervous, but so excited to see what people think, have them hopefully fall in love with my characters – I want that.
So, can someone – once I’m done this month shift at my job – sit me down and force me to actually work on this freaking WIP? Please?
I need your tips and tricks! In a world where us writers can’t go to our favorite bookstores and coffeeshops – or wherever we like to write – how do you stay motivated? Is it purely deadline related? Or do you have other methods of sitting down and forcing your brain to cooperate? I seem to have no problem diving into every Shiny New Idea that flings itself at me – but I need to finish this WIP. I don’t think it’s a lack of feeling inspired to write, or not feeling creative, I just can’t seem to get my ass in a chair and do productive work on this WIP. Maybe it’s time for fresh eyes to see it?
Any tips and tricks you might have will be greatly appreciated! I’m ready to knock these revisions off my To-Do List.