Jumping Back on the #writemotivation Train

#writemotivationI was around for the early days of #writemotivation and met so many wonderful people through it, but I eventually drifted away because of my own failings. Month after month I set the same goal: finish rewriting my WIP. And then month after month I spent more time making excuses about why I wasn’t getting it done than, you know, actually doing it. 
 
Here were all these kind and generous people cheering me on and instead of employing some self-discipline, I was constantly distracted by new and shiny things. It made me feel guilty that they were wasting their enthusiasm on me, so I slunk away like a coward so I wouldn’t have to ‘look them in the eyes’ and admit that procrastination was getting the better of me. 
 
But I’m back!!!!
 
In that time away, I’ve actually made some really solid progress on my WIP. It’s been super slow, but I’m really happy with the changes I’ve made to my novel. This week I passed the halfway point, and even though it’s taken me almost a year to reach it, I’m going to be super bold and make just one goal for this month:
 
Really and truly, no take backs this time, finally finish the rewrite of The Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf.
 
Considering my progress up until now, that might seem a bit crazy, but I have two reasons I think I can really push myself this August.
 
1. The first half was the part that really needed help, as in ‘completely sliced and diced it and wrote a bunch of new chapters from scratch’ help. The second half only needs some tweaking and tightening, so the going should be much faster. 
 
2. If you didn’t see my announcement last week, I just won the SCBWI WIP grant for contemporary novel (Whoo hoo! And, yes, I will be looking for a way to fit that exciting news into all my posts for the rest of the year!). This is the type of honor that can open doors, but only if I’m ready to walk through them, and unfortunately I’m still standing on the sidewalk. So I have more drive than ever to finish the rewrite ASAP so I don’t miss any potential opportunities. 
 
It’s going to be a tough month for me as I force my nose to the grindstone even when the TV or video games or twitter or my doggies beckon me. But it feels different this time – I really believe I can do it. And I’m looking forward to cheering everyone on knowing we’re all on this crazy ride together.
 
Are you participating in #writemotivation this time? Have you participated in the past? What methods do you use to keep your butt in the chair when distractions call your name?
 
Also, I’m giving away a signed copy of Megan Shepherd’s gothic thriller The Madman’s Daughter, so make sure to enter here.
 
Image courtesy of Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Comments

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Awesome that you're motivated and getting writing done. My problem is time right now. Too many other necessary things are pulling me away from my writing. Sigh. But I know more time is in my future.

Alessa Hinlo's picture

I totally empathize. I did #writemotivation when K.T. Hanna started it last year but then I fell off the wagon and then just plain went off social media for a while! But I came back for August like you and am hoping to make some serious headway on my writing. :)

Patricia Lynne's picture

Good luck with your goal. You can do it!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Natalie - Here's hoping that you find some solid writing time soon!

Alessa - We can be the 'comeback gals' and totally kick our novels' butts this time!

Patricia - Thank you!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)'s picture

You really shouldn't worry about us "wasting energy" on you. There is no waste! We cheer, we cry, we laugh, we procrastinate...TOGETHER! That's the whole reason why we come together! I've been doing #Writemotivation since it's inception and my goals really haven't changed. I feel like I slack...especially when I compare myself to others. But I manage to progress, regardless of the amount! It's taken 2.5 years for me to finish a first draft. Now I have to learn how to edit! :) It's always nice to be able to vent when I need to. They always chuck cookies at me and get my butt in gear! We are always here for you!

Medeia sharif's picture

I used to do ROW80, but now I'm motivated by What's Up Wednesday and Ready, Set, Write.

Yes, you can do it!

Heather Jacobs's picture

Welcome back to #writemotivation darling!

Congrats on the grant! That is so frakking awesome. Like super-duper-I can't-come-up-with-anything-else-because-I'm-so-excited awesome!

Good luck darling on your goals this month!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Jamie - Thanks, sweets! You're always so awesomely supportive, and I REALLY appreciate it! Procrastinate together and then write together!

Medeia - Thanks for the words of encouragement, and I'll have to look into the ones you mention to see if they might help keep me in check, too.

Heather - Thank you! That's kind of how I felt when I found out I won, like all these superlatives were bubbling up inside me, but none of them were enough. :-) Good luck to you, too!

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog's picture

I love that you have found your motivation. I hope August has been a good writing month for you. Sometimes we procrastinate or don't write as much as we want to- but I think you are on a roll now. Best of luck! :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, it really was a good writing month! 

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