Celia: To celebrate Leap Year Day, I’m not going to propose marriage to any of you (although I’m sure you’re all very eligible and charming) but to say Happy Birthday to anyone unfortunate enough to be born on February 29th. I remember my lovely Grandpa bemoaning the fact that he only had one birthday to everyone else’s four, and having a huge cake for his 21st (also his 84th). So for all of you, and also for anyone who, like me, is celebrating getting their writing Mojo back after a long dry spell, here’s a big cheer. This week I aim to:
- Finish the revisions on my brand new romance with a dark twist.
- Write a synopsis that isn’t as truly awful as the last one.
- Rewrite my author bio so I don’t sound so much of a psycho.
How about you?
Lucie – After a rocky start to 2016, I am not going to focus on the bad this week. This weeks motivation for me is to keep my head up, and smile. I am going to look at all the positives going on in my life – and yes, I do have some – and move forward. So my list this week:
* Not put so much pressure on myself
*Refocus and organise.
January and February haven’t been great, but March is the start of a brand new month. Onwards and upwards. Lots of love xx
It’s nearing the end of February. We’ve been swamped with work. And some weeks the only thing you can manage is reading a good book and eating an exorbitant amount of cake. So today is dedicated to all the things that help us find our mojo again:
We do seem to have a universal theme of using food and cake to get our mojo back. We do occasionally stretch to fresh air as well. What do you do to find your motivation?
Sue : Hello, hope you all had a good weekend. I’m sure I said this before, but I can’t believe how quickly this past fortnight has gone.
This week it’s half term so I probably won’t get much writing time but I’m hoping to complete a few writing related tasks in addition to #1 on the list.
- Keep my daughter occupied and have some days out.
- Organise my first newsletter.
- Laminate some book marks.
- Start building new website.
- Read two of these books – rather optimistic but I’ll give it a go. Can’t quite decide which one to start with though. Any suggestions?
Laura: Like Sue, I have children at home this week, but they appear to have plans of their own, so I’m hoping to get down to some serious writing when they are occupied. I had a successful week following my week of cough and cold, so apart from one task I must complete, the way is clear for the wip.
- Create slide show for the Romaniacs on Tour at Chichester Library.
- Write like a mad woman.
Celia: After my epic fail last time, I’m now feeling a bit more positive, so this week I’m going to;
1. Begin something that popped into my head in the middle of last night – it can only be described as a slightly smutty ghost story.
2. Continue editing my WIP – have got a couple of new ideas to weave in.
Wish us luck, and the same to all of you as motivate yourselves for the week.
Monday is here upon us again, I hope you all had a good weekend and ready to tackle the week ahead.
My To Do List isn’t very big, but if, I mean when, I get it done it will be a huge relief to me. So, here it is …
- Final read through of manuscript on Kindle.
- Tweak as necessary.
- Send to editor.
Celia: This is my first time on Motivation Monday, for a very good reason – I haven’t had any writing motivation to report! The day job is syphoning off lots of energy and the writing part of it hasn’t been much fun. BUT, the new area for creating works of fiction is waiting for me upstairs in the spare room, and this week I’m aiming to use it to:
- Redraft and enter 2000 words and synopsis in the SCBWI Slushpile Challenge for the start of a YA love story.
- Write the next part of the Year Five spoof Greek myth play.
- Continue with edits of WIP, even if only a couple of chapters.
Is it Monday again already?! It’s a new week and a new list of targets for some of us…
- Finish my edits! I’ve set myself a target of sending the revised ms to my lovely agent by half term, which is w/c 15th Feb, so I’m hoping to finish the edits this week so I have a couple of weeks to polish it and make it all nice and shiny!
- Polish first 3000 words of ms for a novel competition
- Finish a short story for a mid-Feb deadline
- Non-writing related: make birthday cake for father-in-law’s birthday, calm nine year old’s nerves before her first youth theatre panto appearance next weekend!
What are everyone else’s plans for the week? I’ll let you know how I got on on Friday!
Lucie: Wow, it’s Monday again – where did that weekend go? I had better set my weekly targets then…
- Carrying over from last week, write up a plan for my contemporary series.
- Complete more of my Autism training.
- Write the blog posts that I need to do.
- Get some editing done!
Hopefully I’ll have a more successful week, writing wise, than last week. Good luck everyone! X
Welcome to our second Motivation Monday! This week, it’s Vanessa and Catherine sharing their ‘to do’ list for the week. We would love it if you could join in too, it doesn’t have to be anything huge, just something you want to get done that week. All you have to do is leave a comment below.
- Edit first 100 pages of the work-in-progress – I’ve just finished a fairly major re-write, so now need to embark on a major edit!
- Work out exactly how the ending of the same wip is going to be structured… because I have several characters to get to a certain point, I keep re-writing the ending over and over, changing it each time. This week will be the week I pick an ending and stick to it!!
- Find five new writing competitions to enter in January/February – I’m looking for new flash fiction competitions.
- Come up with some ideas for new flash fiction to enter in those competitions!
- Try to survive my first ever zumba class.
- Get to the half way point of Novel Two.
- Do more organising for book tour/promotional day/launch day for Waiting for You.
- Sit still for one hour and read.
- Try a new recipe.
I’ll let you know how I got on on Friday!