Monday Motivation

Last week has been a successful week in writing.

I am a quarter of the way through the 1st editing stage of my novel and things are shaping into the way I envisioned them two years ago.

Whilst editing, I had a moment of clarity about blogging. Each week I tried to encourage writers to participate in #shortstories competitions and when I started my blog, my core value was to entice bloggers onto my page by sharing my writing journey, writing thoughts and relative questions for writing; visiting my blog for the interest of Douglas W. T. Smith.

This is for my writing, which one day will hopefully turn myself from a writer into an author. Plants all start off small, with enough water, sunlight and fresh air they can grow as high as they can possible stretch their trunks and branches. That is my plan, to grow until my heart is content and not my wallet full.

This is a quote from my first blog post – Follow Your Bliss

Throughout the last few weeks my vision for my blog has drifted. Let’s stay motivated for this week, and reach those goals we placed at the end the end of the day, week, month or year.

What helped you stay motivated last week?

The main thing that kept me motivated last week was physically seeing my progress. I printed the first 50 pages of my edited draft. It sent shivers down my spine and made my palms moist with excitement. To one day share my story to other people motivated me to finish it as soon as possible.


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16 thoughts on “Monday Motivation

  1. I know that feeling of having your own print in your hand. That’s why I like getting copies of the anthologies I put my stories in. You can think someone out there might be reading this too! As for my motivation last week, I got a reply from a professional sci-fi mag that I had almost made the cut. That sort of blew my mind. I sent the story to a couple readers, took the bit of feedback the magazine editor provided, and revised the story. I sent it out to another magazine, and this is the first time I have felt like it has a real good chance of making a sale. How’s that for motivation?

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  2. I’m motivated by unexpected success. Having my novel suddenly jump up in Amazon rankings while earning great positive reviews has been incredibly motivating. It’s amazing how fast the ideas are flowing right now, and there’s nothing I want to do more than write at the moment.

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  3. Congrats on getting so far with your editing! Keep up the progress. πŸ™‚

    What kept me motivated last week? Eh, I don’t even know. I suppose my family? I thought about how much easier it’d be not to write and do my blog and all the normal writerly things, but my husband has been so supportive of me, so how could I not just give it my all? πŸ˜› I remind myself of that on days I say I don’t want to.

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  4. My main motivation right now while proofing/editing one novel and editing/rewriting another is simply that if I get even a second behind, I’ll never catch up. Shallow reason, but it’s pushed me through the past week! Congrats on your progress!!

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  5. This is such a nice post! I love your quote so much – when you know why you are writing – until your heart is content not your wallet full. You know why you are writing and that’s important. I have a passion for writing too – in English – it is a hard journey – I have only started speaking the language a couple of years ago. I’ve been working on my first novel for two years now and I have started my own blog last week. I already have two followers and it makes me truly happy. I wish you will complete your mission as you’ve planned and become an author. I shall follow for more inspirational posts! Take care!

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  6. Spectacular! I had to reread the beginning where you wrote that things ARE shaping into what you envisioned. Sadly, I think the status quo is to read β€œthings ARE NOT shaping into what I envisioned. It seems like your hard work and self motivation are paying off. I’m reminded of the story of Picasso(poorly summarized here) when he painted a sketch for a young lady and then told her that it would be five thousand dollars.
    In which she replied, β€œBut, what?” β€œHow could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

    To which Picasso responded, β€œMadame, it took me my entire life.”

    Keep on writing it will pay off!!


    • Thank you! I agree, sometimes there are a lot of people bleeding their lack of accomplishments and their veered sense of direction, (I am a culprit of this) and it makes it hard to remember what we HAVE achieved.

      That’s an amazing reminder of Picasso’s work and frame of mind; artworks have more history than meets the eye.

      Thank you again, I greatly appreciate it. I wish the best on your endeavors and projects.

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