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?