Friday, March 21, 2014

Motivation! Where are you?

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I have to admit that I've been neglecting the blog. I've spent a lot of time working on my part-time freelance writing business and almost no time working on anything else. My novel is sitting on my computer gathering virtual dust just waiting for me to find some time to work on revisions.

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.

Vigor. Renewed.