Rewards and punishments

Ideally, we should all be motivated to write by the _art_ of it all, the creative expression of our…

Or not. One thing I’ve noticed not only about myself but also every other writer I’ve ever known is that we are fundamentally a lazy bunch. More succinctly, the only thing a writer enjoys more than writing is avoiding writing. Sometimes we need an extra little kick. Especially during [NaNoWriMo](, where the clock is very literally ticking.

This year I’m using a carrot and a stick. The stick is easy. I’m doing this in public. My daily wordcounts will be posted for all to see at []( Am I leaving myself open to public jeering, ridicule, possibly thrown virtual vegetables? Sure. My friends know I am nearly immune to embarrassment, but I do have an ego to protect.

The carrot is a little more fun. If I “win” NaNoWriMo, by which I mean if I get to 50,000 words within the month of November, I’m buying myself a [Kindle]( I’ve been wanting one, and even though I’m saving up to get an apartment, I’ll make an exception for this… if I win. If I don’t have 50,000 words by 11:59:59 PM November 30th, no Kindle until after I move, if then.

So what are your extra little incentives to write this November?

Rhythms of a bipolar writer

I’ve noticed something about my approach to blogging, and writing in general. I don’t think I’m ever going to be a consistent, post daily or even 2-3 times a week blogger. The problem is that when I’m in a manic phase, like I am now, I’ll post daily or even multiple times a day. But then when I slide back over into depression, I won’t post anything for weeks.

For novelists, this kind of workflow isn’t really a big deal so long as the depressive phases don’t last so long that you lose the story. But blogging is an interactive medium and intended to be a steady flow of words. I know this is what prevents me from becoming a successful blogger, but I’m not sure how to make myself keep writing even when nothing seems interesting enough to write about (or, as is more common when I’m depressed, I can’t believe anyone would care what I have to say in the first place).

So this is more of a question to my readers than an article in its own right. Let me know in the comments how you stay motivated to write even when you aren’t motivated to do much of anything.