M: Motivated


The topic was “Commit to Writing,” and that’s the reason we show up at the meetings—to recharge the commitment. Wendy Hornsby talked about the non-glamorous reality that to be a writer is to be committed to the craft. Treat writing like a job, schedule when you write, budget time to get it done.The meetings at Writers of Kern are like pulling into the gas station. We stop to get fuel and then go on.

The Reasons why I was motivated by the WOK meeting on 10/25/14

I have not been as committed to a daily word count but now plan to set a #

I need to list and eliminate distractions during my writing time

Hey, I need to set a writing time

Budgeting my time is something I did all the time when I was working but have let the habit grow cold

People ask me when my next book will be done, now I can say I’m working against a deadline

Before I can focus on poetry I need to finish the memoir and get it published

The idea of spending a day with a character sound intriguing; I hope they like coffee houses

When I first joined WOK I did write out the first draft longhand but now I’m more comfortable using the computer

The mystery lingers…what will my finished memoir look like?

This is the talk I needed today.

I have already completed NaNoWriMo once and have the mug to prove it so I can focus on other goals

So what did you write down when Wendy Hornsby was talking?

What is your takeaway?

I earned and paid for this mug in NaNoWriMo

nano mug


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JasmineDLowe
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 21:06:38

    Writers of Kern has definitely been a great motivator for me to write and work on my novel, however, I’ve been slacking lately. I’m hoping that this year’s NaNoWritMo will give me the kick in the pants that I need to get going again.



  2. heyannis
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 15:11:19

    This morning, I thought about what Wendy Hornsby said about keeping your butt in the chair. BIC, she called it. I was writing in my journal and had the urge to stop and get up. Her words flashed into my mind, and I stayed seated. A little later, I was transcribing something I’d written onto the computer. Again, about 1/3 of the way through, when I wanted to “finish it later,” I heard Wendy. And, I got it done.
    She got through to me.



  3. Joan Lindsay Kerr
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 21:40:02

    I also took away the importance of just sticking to it. I guess I need to keep learning that the writing doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. Write first, revise later! One of the biggest challenges of our blog challenge is that I feel the need to get things posted without having the time to shape them into great writing…but I also like the goal of at least getting something “on paper.”



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