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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What motivates you? If you're like Colleen, being healthy is a motivation. Getting something you want is a motivation, but the fact is, we're all motivated by different things. This is what makes parenting so fun. No kid is motivated by the same carrot at the end of the stick.

I'm not writing to contract right now. I really wanted to search a story out without a deadline. To find the joy that I used to have when writing. It turns out finishing something with no deadline is freedom-inducing, but not necessary word-count producing.

So Jenny B. Jones and I have established a pact. Just like exercise buddies. We're challenging each other once daily to 1,000 words-an-hour sprints. Lots of writers have done this before, it's not new, but it's working for us. Apparently, my Catholic background makes guilt a very strong motivator.

What do you need motivation for? Can you enlist a friend to help?
posted at 12:40 PM  
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At 2:06 PM, Blogger Julie Jarnagin said...

After publishing three Heartsongs, I'm now writing without a contract as well. And like you, I've realized the lack of deadline is slowing me down. Right now my motivation to get this book done is that I'm tired of looking at it, but I'm not letting myself move on to something else until I finish editing it. :)

At 4:33 PM, Blogger dave c said...

I work way better with a deadline. Otherwise, I fritter away my time!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That was me, not Dave who just said that. LOL I was accidentally signed in as him!

At 4:43 PM, Blogger dave c said...

When I was working I worked better with a deadline. Because without it I didn't work it all.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

This is my first time doing it, but I find that I'm getting my joy back and writing where the book goes, not the book that will sell. I just needed that for a time. And I'm working pretty fast. I find when I slow down, I really slow down, so I need to keep the momentum.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger hobbymomof4 said...

I have no motivation, and therein lies the problem. There. I've said it. Aaaaack. I'm a stay-at-home mom of 4 (all in school now) and am unpublished -- because I have no finished work to show anyone (although 4 nearly done projects that I continue to avoid). Can you say procrastination, fear of failure, and poor time management??? Ha! I love your writing, Kristin. Keep on keepin' on!!

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At 7:54 PM, Blogger Mary F. Allen said...

I thought the guilt-ridden comment was quite funny (I was raised Catholic).

Periodically I set a certain goal and head gangbusters for it. I did really well when I joined NaNoWriMo one November.

I think I'd do well with a buddy system and a word goal as you have suggested.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Mary, try it. Jen and I are both disorganized, so we just catch each other and say, can you write? If we can, we do. I will say it gets me motivated and makes me feel guilty if she got a time and I didn't.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

You can do it Momof4! Set a small goal for yourself and see if you can't make it. I'm doing a proposal for a YA and I didn't make my goal. My heroine isn't likable enough, but I'm a lot further than if I didn't have that goal.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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