Continuing with this year’s theme of motivation and encouragement I’d like to talk about useful ways of keeping motivated, that is to say arse in chair and fingers on keyboard…you don’t even have to be typing as long as you’re thinking about writing. There are many ways to stay in control of your muse/brain/routine – whatever you want to call that Sparky McSparky thing that’s responsible for you actually putting pen to paper/pixels to screen – and one of the best methods that I know of is the buddy system.
The buddy system involves two people (or more if you’re kinky) working together to ensure they always have someone to help them. On school trips it means always having someone with you to keep you safe, when diving it means you always have someone with you to keep you safe, and believe it or not when writing it means having someone to give you a swift kick up the arse should you fail in your attempts at cranking out that novel you’ve been working on for ages but don’t really feel like working on today because there’s that really cool program about sharks on this afternoon and anyway you haven’t been shopping and you can’t work without any food in the hous *KICK!* This is where the buddy system comes into play.
Although some of us find it almost impossible to motivate ourselves or to stop ourselves coming up with ridiculous excuses NOT to write, we seem to take an almost psychotic glee in ridiculing others that do the same.
“Pffft, look at him over there moaning about not getting any work done…no wonder, he’s just sat scratching his balls! What, me? Why aren’t I working? Erm, well I have a much better excuse than “lazy arse” over there…you see my balls are really, really itchy and…”
We can spot flaws in other writer’s logic but seem to encounter a blind spot as soon as we try to look at our own routines and plans for writing. So…find yourself a buddy who will laugh in the face of your pathetic excuses and get cracking!
Of course this method relies on you having friends…or does it? In this day and age of t’interwebnet forums and those new fangled webscreenhomepages full of writery type information it’s never been easier to reach out and connect to fellow writers. There are plenty of writers hooked up to t’interwebnet crying out for help, so why not reach out and touch someone – and when you’ve finished touching them see if they want to buddy up and get some writing done.