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How can I get motivated? argh
I have a few writing projects to do but I am in a “funk“...any ideas? p.s. the funds are low so mani/pedis are out...




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      VICKY CORYEA wrote May 22, 2010
    • very interested to kno what types of writing you do!!  wanna share?




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      Frannie1964 wrote May 22, 2010
    • If you do find some motivation, can you send some my way...LOL, actually I have been energized today, I think it’s the antibiotics I’m taking, which Is weird...LOL

      Maybe you can do a little workout and then after that might give you your second wind and then you’ll feel like doing something. happy




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      Denise Critcher wrote May 22, 2010
    • When I get into a funk about some thing and I need to do it but I just don’t want to do it now. I put it on the table and do other things knowing that by just walking by it, it’s saying to me you know you just have to deal with me either now or later so do it now so you don’t have to deal with me later.

      I think I have been living alone too long there is all sorts of things that are talking to me and there not human! Some one help me the walls are talking to me.LOOOOOOLLLLL




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      Carine Nadel wrote May 22, 2010
    • I hear you-I had my 1st pedi in over 3 years b/c ds was getting married.  and boy does publishing NOT pay these days




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      Susan Haley wrote May 22, 2010
    • If you would allow me, I’ll throw in the 2 cents worth of another author. :) The word that jumped out at me was ‘project‘. Do you think of your writing, regardless the genre, as work? Do you write simply because you have a passion for the written word? Attitude is the ‘funk’ for a writer, IF it’s a project. I laughed at Carine’s remark about ‘publishing doesn’t pay these days!’ Not only doesn’t it pay, it flat out sucks if you write for money. I tell all my new novice writers, if you‘re doing this for money, keep your day job. Occasionally, one in a million ‘writers’ actually make their money on published work. They are rare and believe me, they or someone was paying the bills outside of the writing world. UNLESS you‘re an editor. A qualified editor. Not someone’s Aunt Minnie who was an English teacher in high school. :)
      MSJ, if you do love to write and you‘re suffering a blast of block, write to your muse and raise hell. Get the passions fired up. I have to do that here at Fab 40 when I write my columns. I’m not always motivated to write a column, so I just pick a topic that fires me up and start writing to IT. Once it flows out, I go back and rewrite in a professional manner.
      When I’m writing my own books, I write what I damn well feel and the rules be damned. Most of my readers like my work because they say it’s so ‘real‘. I guess it has to be something that moves me. I’m not a purely creative writer. I envy those that are. I gotta feel it. But I pay my bills EDITING for other writers. Depending on what you do, or write, just write your feelings first. Write to your ‘funk’ like it was a living entity. I bet you’ll write your way out of it. :))

      Susan Haley
      Fab 40 Columnist
      PS I didn’t edit this so forgive my typos. I always manage to find some in my columns, too, a couple of days later. :) A writer cannot proofread their own work! I still pay my editor and my proof reader for my own books.




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      Kyah wrote May 22, 2010
    • I agree with Susan on the write to your funk. I’m behind on a couple of writing projects mainly because time is spent doing the basics, working to pay the bills. I have a historical novel I’m  working on that I’m still researching and adding excerpts to, a collection that needs to be completed and edited (I can proofread my own work because I was a proofreader before I decided to put on the writing hat.) and a couple of blogs that I should be working on but have no time for.

      Writers Digest.com has a ‘writing prompts’ page, and I have dropped in on it just to have something ‘else’ to focus on, when I get stuck with my main creations. I’ve gotten a couple of blog ideas from that writing prompt page as well as a couple of flash fiction super shorts. Try it, you might enjoy it.

      "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at, change!"
      - Dr. Wayne Dyer




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote May 22, 2010
    • Subdivide: means breaking down into smaller sessions.  Instead of a few projects to do, break it down to a few pages to do or one paragraph etc. to do.  Once you get that in your mind, you will not feel too overwhelm and sometimes, once you get going, you may exceed your goals.  Good luck.




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      Brenda Clark wrote May 23, 2010
    • Change up your daily routine by visiting a different area in your neighborhood—no money necessary unless your buying coffee.  Sometime a change of scenery will provide inspiration for your writing.  I know it works for me when I get in a funk and can’t think of a subject for college papers.  Good luck, be positive and do your best to truly see what is happening around you—something will unlock that writers block.




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      Veggie wrote May 23, 2010
    • heart  Wow some really great answers and can be applied to so many other things in life than writing.




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      Msj wrote May 23, 2010
    • You girls are AWESOME!
      Vikki, I write true stories,
      I also must have a passion!
      I have pubished in Kung Fu magazine a 4 pager about my domestic abuse attack that changed my life (and gave me purpose)
      I am currently working on true personal story regarding how California State run facilities have abused children (mine in particular) one facility was shut down due to exposure from reporting by LA Times among others. I am still in contact with the reporters.

       My two year journal currently reads similar to a script due to my impeccable shorthand notes. I have notated times and names of who said what to whom and exact dates. I also have amazing documents of proof ranging from court doc’s to letters to me from State Senators re: this case...
      (THE ADVICE OF CHANGE OF LOCATION IS A GOOD ONE)I will try that

      I am in process of turning the journal into “work“. I think the personal feelings coming up are part of the funk.

      I am also using it toward a documentary. Have been talking with a documentarist but if anyone is interested... email me.

      Denise you are funny!
      oh, and thank GOD you understand about not editing my own work LOL whew..... btw if anyone needs a proof reader I really am good LOL really.... I am looking to do that and enjoy very much that type of work

        Also regarding the type of writing I do... I am working on a book/article about Graffiti (can’t give to many details - many interviews are finished....but the computer crashed - arghh so I am waiting to get that one up and running.... I have people waiting for that work.

      In addition, I am doing some medical research for my psychiatrist (I have ptsd from the attack on me) re: neurotransmitter dopamine and the connection between dopa levels and genetics.... lonnnnng story...I LOVE researching.

      That pretty much sums up what I am all about...

      There ya have it. If any one wants to pm me please do.
      MsJ




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