Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Motivation vs. Discipline

“The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart.”
~ by Josiah G. Holland ~

Easing back into the routine of school…mmm…why does it get harder each time? All I know is, 5:30 comes awfully early in the morning!

These next couple of weeks, I really need to finish up the final chapters of Paradise, USA. The thing with Virtual Tales is, they’ll accept partial manuscripts as long as you have a clear outline of where you’re headed. Nice on one hand, but on the other hand…boy, it lets you squeak by on a ½ or ¾ finished story for a few months.

Now, I know where I’m going with the story, and since it was an old manuscript, I even have old chapters I’m resurrecting. I have a detailed outline I sent them before it was accepted, which I think is pretty tight.

I just have to write the damn thing. I have 6 chapters to go, about 2000 words each, so 12K words isn’t really that bad. Sitting my butt in the chair and forcing myself to do it, when I have other ideas running through my heads about other stories I want to work on, however, is another thing altogether.

I had a friend in college who was a serious wrestler. One time, I was complaining about not wanting to go to the gym to work out. I told him, “I don’t have any motivation today.”

His answer: “You don’t need motivation. You just need discipline.”


What about you? Ever have a really hard time buckling down and actually doing the writing? (Oh, come on. I know that’s a rhetorical question. Who hasn’t?)

Okay, but how do you motivate yourself--or rather, how do you discipline yourself into actually sitting and doing?


Judy said...

Discipline is my biggest problem. I'm trying to train myself now. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Marianne Arkins said...

I have to say that I think the folks at Virtual Tales are just a bit nuts to accept unfinished ms's... do they start publishing them without having them finished?

Good luck with it.

Me? I set goals, I'm very competitive (even with myself), and I sit down and write to meet them cuz I get really annoyed when I don't.

But without a goal - and a specific one (i.e. 500 words a day or something), I drift. So they are imperative for me.

Allie Boniface said...

Mmm, I tend to agree with you. I wonder if they will become more picky if more people start querying them? There is a section in the contract, though, that allows them to take over and finish writing a story if the author fails to.