Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Paging My Motivation...

Has anyone seen my motivation?

Right now, determination is the only thing keeping my butt in the chair in the morning. Determination not to let these damn revisions get the best of me. Determination to slog through each page and get to the end by March 31st. Determination to win, conquer and defeat.

But I can't say I'm feeling motivated. I am not waking up in the morning, jumping out of bed and rushing downstairs to greet the manuscript with my usual vim and vigor. It seems lately I'm wearing more of a scowl and glare and muttering under my breath, 'Bah-ring it you @#$% piece of crap. You won't take me alive!'

Well okay, maybe that's just on the really bad mornings. But it's there. That steely-eyed 'you're not taking me down, I will defeat you' sense of purpose that is more combative than conducive to good writing.

I know a lot of it has to do with the timeline. I want this done. I need to get it out to Berkley. I can't procrastinate or walk away from it for a bit and come back when I'm feeling better. Well, I could, I suppose. No one will arrest me if I do. But the simple fact of the matter is, if I were published and I had a deadline, the option would not be there. I would have to produce and do it within the allotted timeframe the publisher set out. And so when I imposed my own deadline for this manuscript, I decided to treat it the same way.

I need to know I can do it. When the time comes, and it is a publisher's deadline staring me in the face the knowledge that I can do it will set my frame of mind. My outside commitments will not change, at least at first. I will still have a day job, I will still have constraints on my time that limit the amount of hours in a day I have to write. So I will need to know I can use my time wisely and get the work done as needed.

Does that motivate me? No. Does it make me determined? You bet.

8 comments:

Kacey said...

well, sometimes determination is just as important as motivation!

Melissa Marsh said...

I have every confidence that you'll get this puppy done and sent off. Sometimes it just take true grit to finish a manuscript that you're probably really sick of. :-)

Julia Smith said...

Can I borrow 'Bah-ring it you @#$% piece of crap. You won't take me alive!' as my personal mantra?

Kelly Boyce said...

Absolutely. Have at it. :)

Tess said...

I know what you mean about needing motivation. Sounds like you're doing a great job, despite the lack of it :)

Annie Mac said...

Motivation is a very fickle friend. I think determination and discipline (another word I hate) work better.

Rene said...

Perserverance will probably carry you through until motivation pops back in there. I can't even get that going. I registered for conference so I'm hoping that will get me going.

Lexi said...

Dang, girl! Your post may not have motivated you but it's working on me! I was going to slack off tonight, but now I'll go home and get back to work because I too have a self-imposed deadline. And I also want to know I can meet the editor's deadlines. Thanks! And I hope you're doing better! If not, hang in there.