One of the most difficult things to sustain while in the middle of a major writing project is motivation. Regular sound kicks in the right direction are essential to the successful completion of a novel. Currently, up to my eyes in Kinnel’s Prison (working title), I have a dozen ideas, about twice as many questions and apprehensions, and many times the number of excuses not to write.
It’s funny that I never realized it before, but one thing that motivates me best is to go and hang around in bookshops! And I don’t mean Blossoms or Bookworm, who mainly deal with used books — I mean shops that sell new books. Being surrounded by new books, picking up the odd one and reading the back (or flap), being amazed at the number of great ideas around you… I find there’s nothing better than that to reconnect you with your writing self.
Having spend the morning in Landmark today (bought Malorie Blackman’s The Stuff of Nightmares), I found myself suddenly excited about what’s going to happen next in Kinnel’s Prison. Our friends are about to enter the mysterious, surreal world of Minar’s estate… [Insert creepy music here]
Of course, the thought that the sooner you finish your damned writing, the faster you could end up on the shelves yourself is a great kick up the backside. Alternatively, you could try keeping track of Niklas’s writing when he’s going through one of his prolific phases — it’s bound to completely inspire or totally demoralize!