I haven’t posted in two months. It’s ironic that I can’t motivate myself to get up and write a motivational blog, isn’t it? Well, that’s not the case.
I’ve been working full tilt at other things, like my studies (creative writing diploma), and Amazon KDP. Since I got Hope’s End (formerly Once a Dread Knight…) out I haven’t published a single other thing.
I was a little demotivated that all I’d managed to sell was 23 free copies. I’m not letting that stop me though. I’ve realised in time that Hope’s End is poorly written. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I sort of knew it all along but in my haste to get something published I conveniently overlooked this fact.
On Wednesday I realised how few hours there were in a day. The last two days I’ve been forcing myself up at 4:30 AM to squeeze a little extra from the day. I’m halfway through a complete re-write of Hope’s End.
Faceless’ second draft was also completed yesterday. So something has indeed worked. My Friday is going to be slightly less busy than the rest of the week. (I hope.)
I haven’t been doing much self-motivating lately. It hasn’t really been necessary. I’m more motivated than I’ve been in a long time. Yes Hope’s End only “sold” 23 free copies, but people out there read my work!
Even if the work wasn’t my best, it’s awesome to know that my work doesn’t get completely overlooked. Even with my poor cover design!
I can’t afford a pro to do it for me, so I do my own covers. I’m trying to learn GIMP at the moment but it’s not easy. Especially with my shaky internet.
Anyway, the ideas have since flowed in and I’ve never enjoyed my writing more. Even the tedious editing feels bearable.
Faceless should be out next Wednesday. It’s a 7500 word paranormal horror that should get the blood flowing nicely. The House On Hornberry Hill was also completed yesterday, a 2000 word short story that’s part of an assignment. I’m supposed to submit it to a magazine. I may pop it on Amazon for free when the time comes. It’s another paranormal horror. Oops.
This is becoming more of a journal now, isn’t it?
I promise to “self-motivate” early next week and add it to the blog. Something useful I did hear recently is to make a “dream collage” or “dream book”. Paste all the things that motivate you on a large paper or cardboard or in a book.
Every day, before you start work, stare at it/flip through it. Seeing your mansion or your six-pack or your Lambo every day should give you enough motivation to keep moving forward; whatever your goals.
Whatever you do, never ever ever give up. I have a lot more to say but I think I’ll save some for next week. I need to get back to work now.
Have an epic weekend. Go relax and come back full of energy (and motivation) for Monday.