Here’s a fun idea…

So, I’ve been doing this really cool thing with Alison and Elodie, two of my great writing buddies.. All three of us are in the throes of revising, and all three of us are having moments of doubt, and feeling overwhelmed and discouraged from time to time. Pretty standard writerly angst, I think.

Recently, Alison sent Elodie and me an excerpt from the section of her WiP she’d revised that day. It was predictably awesome, and Elodie and I emailed back to tell her as much. That first little email morphed into (mostly) regular “check-ins.” At the end of our writing day, we drop a quick note into the body of an email, paste in a favorite bit we revised, and send it off to the other two.

I cannot tell you how encouraging and inspiring it is to get emails from Alison and Elodie each day. Not only do I get to read little segments of my friends’ incredible work, but I get a boost of motivation from their productivity, and I get to absorb their positive comments about the excerpts I share with them.

I highly encourage you to give this practice a try with a writing friend or two. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s fantastically gratifying. It makes me feel connected even when writing is a mostly solitary undertaking. Whether you email daily or weekly, I think you’ll learn a lot, work a lot, and smile a lot.

Tell me: How do you stay motivated when writing gets tough?

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18 responses to “Here’s a fun idea…

  1. I love this idea! So glad you’re being motivated and supported by writer friends going through the exact same process you are. Ya know, if you ever need any readerly opinions, I’m here… πŸ˜‰ Keep calm and revise on!

  2. You know this already but I’m so happy we’re exchanging those excerpts and I feel very luck to read them!
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for being so encouraging
    ❀ ❀ ❀

  3. That is a great idea! So glad you guys have found each other. There’s nothing better than fellow writing friends πŸ™‚

  4. What a great idea! I’ve been a bit demotivated the last few days–I’m working on my Nov. NaNo project. The first week was fine, the second week.meh. I’ll try this out. Thanks for sharing. It’s so great to hear you’re being motivated and have such a wonderful writing buddies. πŸ™‚

  5. What a great idea! Glad it’s working for you guys. I always find looking back at my Love List quite motivating.
    I also watched Find Nemo with my son at the weekend and find myself singing Just Keep Writing, the way Dory sings Just Keep Swimming, this week πŸ˜€

  6. So, I got all teary-eyed reading this. Thanks for making me cry at 8 in the morning! πŸ˜‰ I am SO GLAD that we do this! I love reading your and Elodie’s excerpts and I love having the motivation to get something so cleaned up that it’s ready to share. Plus, the support and encouragement and the feedback definitely keep me going!

    And thank you for sharing about this. It’s helped me SO MUCH to stay on track. Plus, I get sneaky peeks into two stories I can’t wait to read! Everyone should do this!

  7. Sharing bits and pieces with someone is such good motivation! Jaime and I sent each other words all summer–first draft words–just to show we were getting stuff done, but then we got invested in each other’s characters, and it was really nice knowing someone else cared if this story got written. (And then the fall ate our lives and so it’s been a while since we did this. But hopefully it will resume at some point!)

    I’m also totally jealous of all of you because you all have such awesome-sounding WIPs right now and I’m dying to read them! I’ll just have to bide my time and buy copies someday πŸ™‚

    • “…it was really nice knowing someone else cared if this story got written.” Yes! That’s exactly how I’m feeling! It’s awesome to know that others see something in these characters too. And I *hope* you get to read copies of all these books someday. How’s your writing coming? Getting back into the swing of it?

  8. LOVE IT! Great idea. I will try it!