How to Stay Motivated With Your Writing (and get out of that writing slump!)

I recently listened to a podcast by Marketing Science Fiction and Fantasy who interviewed Elle Casey. For those of you that don't know, she's an extremely prolific writer, churning out about one 85k word novel a month. This got me thinking - our motivations (or lack thereof) can determine how much, if at all, we end up writing.

While I don't want to produce a novel a month, partially because mine tend to be longer than 85k words, I've recently required a bit of a reality check with my writing.

I'll get into that in a minute.

I wanted to pose a question: how many books will you turn out in a year if you write 0 words a day?

*hushed gasping and dramatic fainting*

Yup. None.

I got a little away from my writing in the last couple months and had a serious sit down (well, a couple...let's be honest here) to motivate myself to get back on the writing horse.

So I'm here today to help you, in case you find yourself in the same boat that I was in.

Readers beware: this post might seem like an over-excited cheerleader cross trained to become a boot camp instructor. Consider yourself warned.

First up: everyone's favorite, the analysis!

Are you not feeling your novel anymore? Do the characters not speak to you like they once did? Are you too exhausted to sit at your computer and write?