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As most things go, the longer I go without touching my novel the more I lose sight of my goal. And then I forget my motivation and start wondering if writing fiction novels is really what I want to do. I tell myself that my novel sucks and I should concentrate on technical writing and forget about fiction.
More time goes by and I don't touch my novel for months. MONTHS! I think about it nearly everyday but I'd lost my motivation to proceed.
Today I decided to find it.
My long-term goal is to be a published fiction author so my motivation comes in the form of seeing others achieve what I want. I search out blogs of relatively new authors and read them starting from the beginning. I am especially interested in the posts regarding acquiring an agent or selling to a publisher.
So, today I read the blog of Veronica Roth, the ridiculously talented author of Divergent. She got an agent and sold her book in 2010 (said book was adapted into a movie and came out in theaters today, but I digress). Reading her post about landing an agent was just the motivation I needed.