I'm still shooting for a late 2011/2012 release for my next Blur book. For the most part, it's mostly finished in rough form...I'm just chasing down the last handful of shows I'm due in order to start listening, reviewing, and writing them up for inclusion in the book. However, I have an incredibly busy life right now, even more so than I did the previous 2 years...I still have my job, a house, wife, 4 kids now, and my oldest kids are old enough to have loads of activities. It's all I can do to get a meal and a decent night's sleep, so the book project has lagged a bit. Every time I go to work on it, I tell myself "I'm too tired...I'll do it tomorrow." And of course, more often than not, I don't! I am still so passionate about Blur's music and I want to tell their concert story. Additionally, I have potential interest from two legit publishers, so I want to get this done and done well so I can have a shot at a real book release.

My question, especially for my writer friends, is how do you push through and motivate when a project has dragged on for a while and the impetus wanes, ever so slightly? I'd love to hear any advice!
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Published on June 20, 2011 09:21 • 128 views • Tags: black-book, blur, process, writing
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message 1: by Phil (new)

Phil Normally, I don't offer advice. I'm more of a "mind my own business" kind of guy. BUT, since you asked for it, here goes.

Just write. It doesn't matter if you only get in 10 minutes before you fall asleep at your keyboard, that's a paragraph or two done and a paragraph or two less for you to do tomorrow. I've fallen asleep at the keyboard (many times) and woken to a string of ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd...but at least I made some progress. And then after a few days, it adds up and hey, you're getting there!

I've spoken to a few other writers about this and they agree. The poet laureate of Rochester teaches his students to just keep writing, even if it's crap, it's something you can edit later.

One other suggestion is to write during your lunch break at work. I wrote like 60% of my second book in half hour chunks during my lunch breaks. No kids, no other immediate obligations, it worked out great.

And one last suggestion, and this is a little more obscure. Get yourself some self-imposed peer pressure. If I actually tell someone, "Yeah, the writing is going good. I should probably have the next chapter done by next week" then I feel obligated to actually finish the chapter. Maybe that's not the most universal advice, but it works for me. If nothing else, even if I miss the deadline, I feel guilty enough about it to really push myself to finish as close to on time as possible.

OK, so there's my advice. Hope it helps.

message 2: by Drew (new)

Drew Athans Phil, great advice. I actually wrote most of my first book at work during lunch breaks or long lulls in work. I need to get back to that...I've fallen into the trap where if I don't have big chunks of time to work on it, I put it off, and as you said, little bits here and there (which I used to do) work just as well, if not better.

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