What Motivates

I had a conversation with my son this last year that was intriguing. He told me that he wasn’t motivated to do anything. He’s in scouting, sports and school but felt no real drive to excel at any of it. He wanted to know what he could do to be motivated to do something…anything.

It was a great question. One that I think a lot of people struggle with. I’ve struggled with a lack of drive for short periods of time in my own life. So what do we do when that happens? How do we get up off our butts and get going? I’m certain there are as many answers to that question as there are people. For me, however, it’s been my faith. So that is the answer I gave to my son.

I told him that if he had no desire to excel then he could start by praying for desire. We aren’t meant to flounder. Each person is an amazing miracle that is meant to explore their creativity and possibilities. Each of us has so much potential. We shouldn’t let the possibilities of what we can accomplish, create, lives that we can touch, things that we can learn and explore go to waste in this life.

…So pray for the desire to accomplish great things and then get up and do it.

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Out with the old and in with the new

What a wonderful but crazy month. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement and anticipation of both giving and receiving gifts. I love spending time with my family keeping old traditions and making new ones. I think what is most amazing however, is to watch how people everywhere seem to be kinder and more giving of themselves, their money and their time.

Now that the holiday’s are behind me, I’m ready to move forward into the new year with a determination to write more. Now that I know what I’m capable of, I have no excuse but to finish the books I have started and move onto other stories. I’ve had many people ask me when I’m going to get the second book of Soul Conquest done. Sadly, I’ve not put the time into it that I should have and my fans have had to wait. I plan to fix that this year. I will finish the first draft by the end of January and plan to have the second and third draft done by the end of February. At that point I’ll send it to my editor and go from there.

Yahoo to 2016 and a new year of goals and success!

Hard Work

I made a goal to write 50,000 words in one month. I struggle with making writing one of my priorities. I have seven children, six of which are still at home. I’m busy with church, volunteering and keeping my house and small farm running and in good order. I’ve felt for a long time that I need to write more but haven’t seen how I could possibly fit it into my busy schedule.

So I challenged myself to see if I could do it. By midnight on November 30th I ended with almost 48,000 words written. I wrote 18,000 of those words on the 30th.

This is what I discovered. I can easily carve out two hours, five days a week, without jeopardizing my other responsibilities. I no longer have the excuse to tell myself that I’m too busy to write.

I need to get to work and get my stories written. Funny how I need to prove to myself that I can do it. My progress is halted or pushed forward by my one fears and desires. This goal was just one more step toward my road to success.

So what is it that’s keeping you from succeeding?

Writing Marathon

I have a little over a week to write 25,000 words. The task seems very daunting, especially since it’s taken me twenty-three days to write the first 25,000. At first I was very excited. Even getting up at 4:30 in the morning just to make sure I had time in the day to get it done. My enthusiasm, however has dwindled considerably. I find that I really don’t like what I’ve written which makes it hard to continue. I want the quality to be better, but when you’re working on quantity it’s hard to achieve success in quality. I keep telling myself that I’m doing this to prove to myself that I can write more then I think I can. I’m a little stubborn that way. I will finish this just to prove that I can.

Okay, now that I’ve finished my little rant it’s back to writing I go…I just can’t forget to wake the kids up for school…

Back At It

It doesn’t take much, for me to put off, what I love to do for what I think I must do. This has been one of those years. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an amazing year but I just couldn’t quite balance everything that I had on my list. So to get myself back into the habit of writing, I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in one month. I signed up for the NaNoWriMo challenge.

I started writing a novel that I’ve been thinking about for some time. I even woke up at 4:30 am to try and get more time out of my day. So far I’m only at 23,000 words but I still have time. The great thing about this challenge is I’ve started writing again daily. The real trick is to keep going.

Good Weather

Here I am a month after my last post. I would say I’ve been rather unsuccessful in fighting the pull that the outdoors has on me. I received a call today from a friend that wanted to know if I had finished my second book in the series “Soul Conquest.” I felt awful to have to tell her that it was not yet finished. Sometimes I forget that people are interested. It sure helps me to have a greater desire to write knowing that people are eager to read more. This time of the year is the busiest for me. I spend so much time working in my garden and farm that I have less time to write. I hope to change that this summer. Hopefully I will get a laptop which will allow me to sit outside in the beautiful summer weather and write. That should help. I don’t like being inside on nice days.

Battle Between Two Hobbies

Spring is here and with it the battle between two hobbies. I love working outdoors. During the spring and summer I spend hours and hours working on my yard and garden. Usually that means that writing is put away on a shelf waiting for the day when the rain returns and the cold sets in. This year I don’t want to set my writing aside. I want to continue to imagine and write. I will try and balance both hobbies better this year and see if I have the strength to pull myself inside every now and again to let my mind venture into worlds and troubles unknown.