by Stephanie Morrill
Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website.
Roseanna White and I had just become friends, and I remember telling her, "I almost hope this agent tells me know so I can stop working on this book. I'm so tired."
The agent said yes. Barely two months later my publisher said yes. And I suddenly had not just energy to continue working on Skylar's story, but I was excited to do so. I had fallen in love with her story all over again.
Since completing Me, Just Different (for the final time) I have written seven complete novels and one non-fiction book. I've learned that, for me, fatigue is inevitable. That with each project, I come to a place of, "I'm so done with this book," long before I get to be done with the book.
When I don't feel like writing, I've learned to set my desk timer for 25 minutes. I tell myself I just have to focus on writing for 25 minutes. That after 25 minutes, I can fiddle around on Pinterest for a bit. But usually after my timer goes off, I'm feeling excited about my scene, and I want to keep working.
What about you? Do you have tricks for motivating yourself when you don't feel like writing?
This morning's giveaway is a set of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. (Or, if you already have one of the books, I can just send you the ones you don't have.) This giveaway is available for U.S. residents only.