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Keeping Myself Motivated

Summer is here, and I’ve been going outside a lot. Even more now because of Pokemon Go. That game motivates me to go out. However, there are other things I want to be more motivated on.

Writing

I think I have the motivation, just not the privacy. I’m actually writing this blog post in the basement, where I have privacy for now. I just did an assessment for a job application, so I needed the privacy. No one is interrupting me! That’s what I need.

Videos

Honestly, while the videos don’t take much time to shoot and edit, it’s getting myself to appear more outgoing on camera where I lack motivation. Maybe I feel too self-conscious. I see others who are very animated, but I’m not an animated speaker. I’m the kind of person who’s always been calm and always hid my stronger emotions. Maybe I should drink alcohol before making videos. That usually loosens me up!

Blogging

Ever since I’ve started doing the videos, I’ve lacked the motivation to write longer, well-thought out blog posts. The video has been my blog post in many cases. I need to get back to my old blog series, like Quick Facts and the Worldbuilding posts. I’ve been losing motivation for my Instagram polls, as well. Even though the quality of the photos are improving, I’ve been getting fewer and fewer votes recently. Maybe it’s summer. Maybe I should wait until September to continue with them.

Anyone else lacking motivation recently? What do you do to motivate yourself at times like this? Let me know in the comments below.

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Authors Answer 66 – The Urge to Quit Writing

I quit.

No, just kidding. Some authors may feel like quitting from time to time. Writing can be difficult. The rejections from publishers can become too much. The lack of sales can discourage an author. And if someone gets overwhelmingly negative reviews, that could cause an author to quit. But have we thought about it?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 66 – Have you ever wanted to quit writing?

Allen Tiffany

I did quit for about 15 years. It was not so much that I wanted to so much as life got in the way. There was a lot of good stuff going on in those 15 years that kept me excited and engaged (and busy), so writing just faded way, way back. Two years ago, while I was grossly under challenged by a job that only kept me busy 6 hours a day, I started writing again. There has just been an explosion of words hitting pages ever since, even as a new job is pushing me hard.

H. Anthe Davis

The temptation is always there, particularly in times like now, where I’m struggling through the first draft of a story.  Or when I’m bogged down in endless edits and rewrites, or when I’m eyeing my sales statistics, or…  Well, the point is, there are many, many, many easier things I could be doing with my time, but when I’ve actually tried to walk away, I may get some brief relief…until the story-ideas and characters start plaguing me.  If I ignored them for long enough, I’m sure the urge would eventually fade, and with it the skill; whenever I take a long pause from writing, I get this quiet fear that I’ve forgotten how to do it.  But I’ve worked too hard to reach this level, and I owe it to the characters to tell their stories — because they feel like people to me, and I’m their only outlet to the world.

So yeah, I could stop at any time if not for the voices in my head.  >_>

Jean Davis

I’ve never wanted to quit writing, but having babies did put writing on hold for a while. It’s hard to be creative when you’re utterly exhausted. I find writing relaxing and enjoyable. Even the editing. The only part of writing I’ve ever wanted to quit was the waiting to hear on submissions.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Oh, absolutely. See, like many writers, I have to deal with this little brain sucking vampire called “a day job”,  and between it, family, being a mother, and all that other good stuff, time is a very limited commodity. Then you add in all the extra things you pretty much have to do in order to be a writer – blogging, marketing yourself, etc. – and there are definitely times when I want to throw up my hands and say “Screw this!” It’s exhausting, it’s regularly quite discouraging, and you can often feel like you’re getting absolutely nowhere at the slowest possible pace known to mankind.

Unfortunately I love it too much to quit. Even when I’ve been at my absolute lowest and couldn’t find a second in the day to breathe, let alone write, I just can’t quit. If I’m away for it for too long I start to get antsy and depressed. It’s too much a part of who I am.

Paul B. Spence

I have moments of despair/weakness. I expect most writers do. Those moments are fleeting. I could never stop writing; I have too many stories left to tell.

S. R. Carrillo

Never not ever. It’s in my blood. It’s part of me – a huge part.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I’ve never wanted to quit completely, but there have been stretches of time where I lost the will to write anything new or continue projects. The difference is that I’ve never said “never,” but “not now.”

Linda G. Hill

… I don’t understand the question. Haha. But seriously, I don’t think writing, for me, is a choice to begin with. It’s part of who I am, like the colour of my eyes and the size of my feet. I wouldn’t be able to stop even if I went blind and all the paper and pencils and keyboards in the world disappeared – I’d still be making up stories in my head.

Gregory S. Close

I’ve never wanted to quit writing permanently, but I think every writer has had his/her moment of frustration, futility and doubt that brings that question into sharp focus.  Should I keep at it?  Is it worth it?  Am I good enough?

Sometimes circumstances have forced long breaks in production, but my desire to write has only gotten stronger since my first novel was published.

To borrow a quote from Gloria Steinem, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”

Eric Wood

I’ve never really considered myself a writer, so to speak. I’ll write a story here and there and I only started blogging consistently a year ago. I may not write for a day or for a week, but it never lasts. I’m always back at it. Or at least thinking of more things write. I’ve taken time off, but never really quit.

D. T. Nova

No.

I’ve been writing various stories in different ways for a lot longer than I’ve been thinking of myself as “a writer”, and at no point have I ever thought “I don’t want to do this again”.

Jay Dee Archer

I’ve never wanted to quit. I’ve had lengthy breaks, though. In fact, when I first developed Ariadne, I’d planned the story, but never wrote anything until the last three years. And even now, I’m on hiatus due to lack of privacy, lack of time, and abundance of child.

I don’t think I ever want to quit writing. I have four novel series, two science fiction, two fantasy, that are stuck in my head trying to get out. You’re going to see a lot of writing from me pretty soon.

How about you?

Have any of you authors wanted to quit writing? How about bloggers? Did you ever want to click on delete and end the blog? Let us know in the comments below.

I’m Cold, and It’s Killing My Creativity

Ever feel like you just don’t want to do anything? Or you want to do something, but you don’t want to put in the effort? That’s how I feel right now. Of course, I managed to push myself to write this blog post, but my mind doesn’t seem to want to think about much at the moment.

The problem? I’m cold. It’s cold in my apartment. But that’s the way homes are in Japan during winter. Insulation isn’t very good and there’s no central heating. Our heat source is an air conditioner. It dries the air, so gives us sore throats if we use it during the night. So, I’m sitting here on the sofa with my feet off the floor. And I’m cold. It took a lot of effort just to reach over to my keyboard and type this. Sometimes, this is how I feel in winter here. I don’t want to move. I just want to cover myself up and remain immobile. I don’t want to leave bed in the morning, either.

When I was a kid, and it was cold, I’d always lie down on the floor or sofa wrapped up in an afghan. It helped keep me warm while I enjoyed watching TV or doing something else. But now, I live in an apartment that has wood floors that get cold in winter. I don’t want to be down there on the floor.

Cold is my kryptonite. It makes me shut down. I’m from Canada. Some Canadian, huh?

What keeps you from doing what you want? Share your personal motivation killer in the comments below.

Change of Weather, Change of Feelings

Although it’s still summer, the air has changed. Around mid-August, the winds change to being cooler, relieving us of the oppressive heat. It’s still hot and humid, but at least the wind is no longer hot. People’s feelings become lighter and going out isn’t as difficult.

For me, I’m finding that this change has coincided with a change in my online attitude. I’m feeling energised. I want to work on YouTube videos. I want to get involved in new things, such as Reddit, as well as start organising Pinterest more effectively. I guess you could say I’m feeling even more social online.

As far as YouTube goes, I’m planning on making a lot of videos of places I visit while my sister is here. But also when I visit different places with my family or myself.

On Reddit, I want to get involved in discussions in the writing, fantasy, and science fiction sections.

On Pinterest, I want to create new boards and categorise my posts more effectively, as well as pin other people’s pins. That should draw more people to my boards.

There are other things I want to do, but these are the most immediate.

Anyone feeling motivated lately?

I Really Want to Do This

Ever have trouble getting your mind into writing?  Well, there are some things I’d like to do right now.

Go for a walk. Walking helps me think.  I talk out my ideas in my mind while I walk alone.  It really helps me straighten out some of the ideas and make them more cohesive.

Walk in a forest. I haven’t done this in such a long time, but I’m loving looking at forest pictures.  I want to go for a walk in a forest.  It helps inspire me.

Walk along the beach. Also been a while since I’ve done this.  I live in a city with a famous beach, but I haven’t gone there in months.  The sound of the waves and the view help me think.

It seems my thinking activities involve walking.  What do you like to do to get your creative juices going?

Robin Williams, Thank You

It’s late, and I’m tired, but I just wanted to say a few brief things about Robin Williams.  Today, I’d been in a bit of a funk because of his death.  The day went by very slowly, I didn’t feel very motivated.  It was a depressing day, but nothing like how he must have felt with his severe depression.

I recorded this video a few hours ago, giving my thoughts at the time.

He was in my thoughts all day, and everyone I spoke to was so shocked about his death.  But sometimes good things can come from bad news.  You see, by reading into his life, going back to look at some videos of him, I came to realise how full of life he was.  He started out as a shy kid, but he eventually came out of his shell and became this incredible comedy machine.  He was very intelligent.  His mind worked so fast, he could improvise and create jokes at incredible speeds.  He was also quite uninhibited in how he delivered his performances.  He was a comedy genius, and he was well-loved by many.  I’ve heard stories about how he was a very kind-hearted person, despite all of his troubles with alcohol and drugs.  He seemed to thrive on his craft, and he was an outstanding talent.  What I got out of all of this has only encouraged me to work harder.  You see, he went all out.  He wasn’t shy about his comedy or acting.  And that’s what I want to do with my writing, blogging, and vlogging.  I’ve been rather reserved, if you ask me.  But no more.  I want to show everyone what I’m capable of and deliver something great.

In the next couple of days, I’m going to make a proper post about Robin Williams.  I owe it to him because he was the best.  And he was my favourite.  To many people, Elvis Presley was their idol.  When he died, many cried.  The same with Michael Jackson and John Lennon.  But they were all musicians.  My mom had Elvis.  Robin Williams was my Elvis.

I’ll leave you with a couple movie quotes of Robin Williams’ that I like.

“Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

I really need to watch Dead Poets Society.

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By Eva Rinaldi (Flickr: Robin Williams) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Resolutions, and It’s not New Year’s Day

Who cares that it’s not January 1st?  I’m going to make some resolutions now.

Sometimes, I feel like I have to do some refocusing on what I need to do to be more successful at what I do.  I need to cut what’s unnecessary and devote more resources to what’s important.  So, here are my New Month’s Resolutions:

  • Devote at least 30 minutes a day reading.  I do read around 40-90 minutes already, but I don’t read on my days off.  I need to remedy that.
  • Devote at least 30 minutes a day writing.  I’ve been bad at this.  I need to write, whether it’s for Journey to Ariadne, flash fiction, or something else.
  • Work on Journey to Ariadne at least 3 days a week.  If I do this, I could get more parts out faster.
  • Do at least 2 videos a week, preferably one on books and writing, and the other on Japan.  I’ve been doing a decent job of Japan videos, though.
  • Post comments on other blogs every day.  I just must do this.
  • Reblog a great post at least once a week.  It’s great to promote others’ blogs.
  • Try to post on average 2 posts per day.  1 post is flash fiction, the other is something else.  More if I can.
  • Write flash fiction every day.  It’ll help me improve my writing skills and will expose people to my writing.
  • Write a rather personal blog post, one which I hope will be inspirational to others.
  • Engage people on Twitter daily.  I tend to respond a day or two late.  I can’t continue doing that.
  • Use more images on my blog posts.  Something simple is fine.
  • Try to do one worldbuilding post a month.  This is an important subject to me.

That’s a lot of resolutions, but I think they’re all achievable.  They aren’t extreme, and I have the ability to do them all.  I just need to dedicate myself to doing this.

Anyone else have any 58.3% of the Year’s Resolutions?