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Saturday, April 11, 2009

M&Ms: Motivation and Momentum

The state of my writing: Sad... I am, however, working diligently on my upcoming ladies' conference notes. May 8th and 9th will be here before I know it!

The state of my reading: Sad... I am, however, diligently reading over those said notes. (I'm also skimming back through Mr. Maass' workbook.)

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle

My hubby has a passion for M&Ms. He collects those cute novelty dispensers that, when you pull a lever or push a button, or move around some part of the object, a colorful candy coated little piece of heaven drops out. Sometimes, you have to struggle with the device in order to even get the candy out. But, once you do, oh man!

I was digging through our garage the other day, and many of the boxes we still have stored away, when I came across another one of my hubby's lost M&M dispensers. It got me to thinking about those M&Ms (when I usually crave Dove Chocolate), and as one thought led to another, the words motivation and momentum popped into my head.

As writers, wouldn't it be grand if all we had to do to receive motivation and keep up momentum would be to press the "easy button" and grab a few pieces? Unfortunately, it's not like that. The only comparison that I can say holds true is the struggle to get the darn things out!

I think as writers, we must keep these two Ms (motivation and momentum) clear in our hearts and minds. First, we need to ask ourselves what our motivation is. What causes us to act on our inspiration and create something special? What drives us to push through self-doubt and fear of rejection? What propels us when we must sacrifice time with family and friends? What prompts us to keep typing or writing away for hundreds of hours? In a nut shell, why do we do this? Why do we write?

If we don't have a clear and concise motivation, we will lack desire and and passion for our writing. If we're not passionate about it, how can we expect others to be?

Second, we must keep up our momentum as writers. Our momentum determines the length of time it will take to bring our work to completion. It's as simple as that. If we catch a great flow, we work longer and more passionately than if we don't know where we're going with our story lines.

It takes both motivation and momentum, working hand in hand, in order for us to accomplish what we desire in our writing careers. One can't work effectively without the other, in my "humble-bumble" opinion. How can we be motivated to do something if we don't know why we're even doing it?

Sometimes, it's easy for us to lose our way. I know that, like a hound dog, I've had to find my scent in order to get back on the trail to my writing endeavors time and time again. If we keep our motivations before us, then our momentum will come.


Shoe Mood:

Following the yellow-brick road...
Dorothy ain't got nothin' on me! ;-)


Bish Denham said...

Lions and tigers and bears...oh my!

Great post. May each of us have a steady suppy of M & Ms (Motivation and Momentum.)

Bish Denham said...

PS. Cheers! I've nominated you for the Lemonade Stand Award.

Rena said...

Great post! I'm at the same stage with my writing and reading. Still waiting for that really great story idea to hit me. It would be awesome if I could just push a button and have one pop out.

That's really cool about your husband collecting M&M dispensers. I was at the M&M store in Las Vegas in Febuary and they had a ton of fun ones. I only have one dispenser for M&Ms and one for Jelly Bellies. I want to get a gumball one next!

LOVE the shoes!

CJ Raymer said...

Bish! Awwww, thanks! MUAH!!

Rena - I know, it's a consistent struggle. But, the good stuff always manages to find its way to us, or vice-versa. XOXO

Christina Farley said...

I think that too! I say, oh just a few at the end of this page and then a few more once I finish these pages. But no, it ends up being too many.

Still loving your i-pod songs!

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