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Welcome! My name is Erin Manning, and I write clean Young Adult fiction for ages 12 and up. I'm an avid reader and I've been...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Motivation: missing

One of the things that has been bogging me down lately is a lack of motivation. I'm supposed to be editing, and while that's never the most fun part of writing a book, it is necessary and usually rewarding as the book you intended to create starts to take shape.

But for some reason the month of May has slipped past me almost without warning. When I take part in November's NaNoWriMo, I don't expect to get any editing done in December; December is one month of the year when creative pursuits become difficult-to-impossible for many of us. But I never remember that May is like that too, because May's level of "busy" can vary from year to year.

The problem for me is that in July I will be writing book 2 of the Wizard's Mischief trilogy, and I need to have the first book much more polished and closer to publication before I start writing than it actually is now. I hope to publish Wizard's Mischief: Flame by the end of September, but if I can't break through this lack of motivation I will not be in a good place to do that.

In all honesty, editing takes a kind of focus and determination that goes beyond what writing requires. I can write at all hours of the day or night, and while I don't do my best work in thirty-minute snatches I can usually get a decent amount done if I have at least one clear hour during the day (as well as those hours I spend on my writing at night). Editing is a different process. I need daylight hours and quiet, and lately it seems hard to get those two things to line up together.

Here's hoping for a better month ahead!