I’d like to welcome my first guest blogger, Chris Redding. Chris and I have known each other for a long time and she is one of the most motivated authors I know. I’ve asked her to talk about that very subject. First a little information about Chris
Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part time at her local hospital.
I wrote my first book in high school. Instead of paying attention in class I was writing. My grades that quarter reflected it. Thankfully my great American tome was thrown away years ago.
Now I have 6 books published. You’d think it would all be easy.
It isn’t. The hardest part sometimes is staying motivated. How do I do it?
Deadlines are a good way. Some external, some internal. If you submit a partial to an agent and that agent will get back to you in a month, that gives you a good reason to finish editing that full manuscript just in case.
A think of a conference as a deadline. Probably shouldn’t because it is hard to snag an agent at a conference. Still, if I have something to pitch at a conference, that makes me happy. So I work hard to have something ready.
Internal deadlines are tougher. You have to have the fortitude to stick with it. Sometimes I don’t.
A critique group or partner can help you with motivation. More than once I’ve had a critique group talk me off the ledge of quitting. Having others around you who understand what you are going through is priceless.
Going to a conference also helps keep me motivated. I always learn something new or some new way to look at a problem. It’s energizing. I always wish I could write for the whole day after the conference.
How do you stay motivated, no matter what the task is?
Buy Links for Blonde Demolition:
Other books by Chris Redding:
The Drinking Game
Confessions: Volume One
A View to a Kilt
Where you can find me:
Thanks for having me today.