Good evening! What motivates you? What, exactly, is motivation? Webster defines motivation as,”a force or influence that causes someone to do something.” — Hmmm…I like Webster’s definition because I am ‘influenced‘ every year to take a writing challenge. Why does this challenge motivate me? The reasons are many – but, the most important one is – the creative brain preparation that is required before the journey begins on November 1st at 12:01 am. You see, I have promised myself to obey the NaNoWriMo novel-writing rule. – RULE: “Novel must be an ‘original’ idea to BEGIN writing ON November 1st.” – While this is a difficult rule to obey, as a writer, because it requires training your brain to suppress any ideas throughout the year, until preparation time arrives – It is the driving force that keeps me motivated throughout the year – especially during the days leading up to November 1st . Add this fact to my excitement – I am a ‘Pantser’! — Yep….I like to let my characters run the show! When my fingers turn the page on my calendar to reveal October – something electrifying happens in my brain – it feels as if the novel-writing stimuli awaken from a ten-month hibernation screaming, “Novel Alert! Wake up and start creating your story!” Each touch of my soft calendar pages – reveal hints of how my story might unfold – like flowers peeking out of the ground in the wake of Spring. The words dancing around in my psyche – feel like a ray of sunshine soaking my body – I welcome this ‘word therapy’! NaNoWriMo has become one of my favorite writing exercises of the year. Let the countdown begin! — Only 18 days, 3 hours, and 40 minutes before I type my first word – that will lead to my 50,000 word count novel. Happy novel preparation to all of you fabulous writers around the globe!
© Daily Writer Girl 10/13/2016