Talkin’ Bout My Mo-ti-va-tion


This week’s entry is short as I am still working on I Married My Mother, but I couldn’t resist writing a short piece about motivation.  As a child I told some really big whoppers.  Once when a friend’s father asked, if I was related to Senator John Connally from Texas, I immediately replied, “YES!”   Later when he called my father to talk further about our well known relative, I wished I had immediately replied, “NO!”  Especially when I was informed of Senator Connally’s party affiliation and views.  Of course my father couldn’t help but laugh over the difference in the spelling of our last names.

In second grade, I began my first book, Murder At the Sidewinder Saloon.  This unfinished and unpublished four page masterpiece was lost on one of my many relocations around the country for Borders.  In the early grades I also won a state essay contest.  One of my teachers submitted my essay and I was quite surprised when I placed first for humorous writing.  The essay was about my mother’s obsessive need to keep our house perfectly clean and neat.  I wrote, my mother even tries to keep our garbage cans spotless and asks, “What would the garbage men think?”

Recently a fellow blogger (Robert 101 books) asked the question, what motivates you to write?  I had to think long and hard for several days about this question and the memories of my early writing came flooding back.   I finally decided that what motivates me goes back to my childhood.  I have stories to tell.  I have ideas swimming around in my head and I want to put those ideas on paper to inform, help and entertain others.

So as National Novel Writing Month Approaches, I had hoped to have enough motivation and time to begin my novel this year.  However, I have purposefully decided to wait until next year.  I want to work more on my outline and think through a few more of those ideas/stories swimming around.  So I am committing myself to participate right now, on paper in front of all of you next year.  Thankfully, I don’t have many readers, so if I fail to follow through, it won’t be embarrassing. If you are a writer and have that novel swimming around, now is your time to ponder putting it all down on paper.  Check out the website at:

Are you planning to participate in nanowrimo?  What motivates you to write?


7 responses »

  1. I’ll hold you to this next year!

    I was thinking about NaNoWriMo this year, but like you I need to spend some more time planning before writing. Plus I’m going to be out of town for the last two weeks of November so wouldn’t be able to do much writing then. All in all, I decided I’d be better off not trying to complete NaNo this year.

  2. I love the idea of NaNoWriMo but I thought I’d better finish off the children’s story I was writing first. I failed to make it to grown up books, but got stuck in a time warp of classic children’s literature instead. All the best in working on your writing outline – I’m sure it’ll be awesome by the time next year comes around!

  3. I’m kind of participating although for me it’s been NaNoWriDec. More than a decade ago I had an idea for a novel, and after years of dabbling and various periods of fervor and languish, I will finish it this month. I’m excited to have a completed first draft. Then, on to editing and re-writing and trying to get someone else to think it’s a good idea.

    By the way, I wish I could have read Murder at the Sidewinder Saloon. 🙂

    • Jeff, congratulations on having your first draft. Enjoy your accomplishment as you head into the editing phase. You are a part of the 5% who actually turn the idea of a book into a first draft.

  4. I’m doing NaNoWriMo, but I almost quit yesterday. I know me well enough to see an obessession coming on, and I was beating myself up over my word count. I do know that I’m writing more than I have in a long time, and that has to be enough right now. Maybe I’ll catch up in time to join Jeff for NaNoWriDec or maybe not. Only you know what’s the best timing for you. 🙂

    • Agreed! We all have to work at our own pace and sometimes that nagging thing called LIFE just gets in our way. Plus we writers are our own worst enemies as our self doubt and obsessions easily get in our way. But only if we let them. Good for you for recognizing the behavior and giving yourself a compliment. You are winning the battle.

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