Motivating the Writer by Lynn Crain
Some days it is hard to motivate the writer in me. There are days when I just don’t want to do anything for a variety of reasons. Some are allergy days which can occur almost any time for me but mainly during the spring and fall. On those days, I have absolutely zero motivate and no desire to get any.
But for any writer to make money, one has to stay motivated and at the top of their game. So, I decided to look at some of the other things which fill this void when I need a good kick in the pants. I’ll be honest, there are lots of them but for today, I’ll only look at two of the things which motivate me to be a better writer as well as to just write every day.
The first I want to touch on is TV. Now this one can be a blessing or a curse and every writer knows this. But those also in the curse column would be email, blogs and the internet as they can pull you off task very easy. For me, I decided to start recording all my shows to watch during some down time. And I have a long list of shows. Right now the ones I watch regularly are Sanctuary, Stargate Universe, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Fringe. These are all my very, very favorites and if just one of them doesn’t happen during a week I feel deprived.
From each I get something. From Sanctuary, I get my oddity fix as it is about a group who offers a haven for those who are different. From Stargate Universe, I get my space fix as I really have a thing for roaming the universe as well as all things Stargate. From House, I get my irreverence fix. From Private Practice, I get my doctor/patient fix. From Grey’s Anatomy, I get my adrenaline rush. And from Fringe, well, let’s just say that Fringe is one of those series which get under your skin almost immediately because it is so off, it’s fantastic. And now with it’s alternate universe thing…OMG! Sigh.
Yeah…I love my TV…I know you’re wondering just how does that help me as a writer? Well, every time I watch one of those different shows, I get something for a book I’m writing. Stargate, Sanctuary and Fringe constantly give me ideas and various different things for the sci-fi books I so love to do. In the others, I find something for the contemporary works I do.
Another one of my motivators is music. Believe me, I listen to a gamut of different sounds. One on my favorite is movie themes. Many times a specific scene is brought to mind by the music and many times that scene is exactly what I need to spur the creative juices to flow. I also like soft jazz and Celtic music. My iTunes has so many songs on it that I can listen for at least 5 full days before I would need to buy something new. And everyone of the songs there gives me something new every time I listen to it.
All these things can move me to write more and better stories. What motivates you to become the best you can be?
A Lover for Rachel by Lynn Crain
Shooting Star Books
Paranormal Erotic Novella
Rachel Hamilton comes to Stonehenge to celebrate her birthday on Summer Solstice, only to find herself trapped beneath the massive rhyolite bluestones with sexy wizard, Dewin Kingston, who convinces her that she is the key to their escape.
NOTE: This is a SHORT STORY with EXPLICIT language and adult situations.
About Lynn Crain:
Lynn Crain realized at an early age she wanted to write. She took the long way to that goal by doing a variety of things like nursing, geologist, technical writer and computer manager. Even though she is no longer in the medical field, Lynn has studied natural medicine and remedies for years. She is currently getting her Ph.D. in natural medicine with an emphasis on historical medicine and is still utterly fascinated with all things medical. During her free time she weaves fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales as well as erotic stories for various publishers. She lives in the very hot southwest with her husband, son, one dog, three cats and a snake named Sandune. She is a past board member of the Romance Writers of America, past VP of EPIC and current EPPIEs Chairman for EPIC.
Wait – if you’ve read any of my blogs recently, you’ll see that obviously I’m not in the beautiful southwest right now. I’m on the adventure of a lifetime in Vienna, Austria. An adventure with issues…yup…that’s me!
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