The Letter ‘M’ for Motivation
I could use this word to swear, stomp my feet and bang my head on a feather pillow.
After pulling words out of my muse for the past 12 days, I will accept day 13 as my good luck day. Tuesday, November 13, 2018, a very lucky day.
I have made it to day 13. I am still writing loads of horrible scat. I will use that word, ‘scat’ with the implication of music, jazz with a beat, a sound that has me tapping my toes as my fingers dance across my keyboard.
Hey, don’t take that away from me, the music –words- are flowing –with coffee and lots of eye pain.
So let’s get on with this ‘motivating’ day, with a little swing in your step and broken lead in your pencils.
How to find motivation on this 13th day, of NaNoWriMo
First I set up what I want to get done in the morning the night before.
I don’t write down my schedule. What I do –as I am falling asleep is go over what I need to do first thing, starting at the moment I open my eyes.
Then as the day starts before I even open my eyes, I am going over my story ideas.
Before I even get out of bed- I stretch. Pulling out the kinks in my back. I spend some time on a few yoga stretches. Then, I roll out of bed and immediately fix my bed.
My day starts on myself. Then I feed my pets, make coffee, and turn on my computer. By the time I have butt-in-seat, my fingers are hovering over my computer’s keys dripping words out on the page.
My characters motivations: Physical such as food, water, a home, a family, painful death, beliefs, exercise, the hiccups even the taste for ice cream.
Characters have the same motivations as we do. Picture your characters motivation as your own. Feel their emotional side; love, hate, longing, your character’s motivations for dating, for hate, or sadness.
Motivations move my day along. A motivation for my characters moves the plot forward. Giving them a reason for moving through their story and mine.