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Prep time for this recipe is to clear one day of your calendar free of any social obligations.
Take your obligation-free day and add a light rainstorm to the weather, just enough to gray out the skies and emit a calming pitter-patter on the windows and roof.
Prepare your work station with the necessary ingredients. If you are going for the slow-cooked recipe, a blank notebook and a favorite pen with plenty of ink will do to add plenty of thoughtful flavor. A laptop and power cord generally yield faster results, with lots of bursts of creative flavor.
An accompanying side dish is a steaming mug of either coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Optional ingredients include fluffy kittens and sleepy puppies to help stay warm and cozy. Some people also find that soft music also enhances the flavor of the recipe.
Serving size is flexible enough to share with any fellow writers, although those who share a similar work ethic as yourself will most likely enjoy it best. Personal modifications to this recipe are encouraged to gain the maximum amount of writing done.
Motivation comes in all sorts of forms.
Perhaps you admire a trait in someone close to you, so that motivates you to emulate that trait. Maybe you’re competitive by nature and wish to keep up with the rest of the world. Your motivation can come from a tight-knit group of people you love, people who support you, and you don’t want to let them down.
Or maybe your motivation is spite.
When I first started entertaining the idea of writing as more than a hobby, I did a little research, trying to find author websites and figuring out what made them tick, what made them continue to put words on paper (or the computer screen). There was one website by an author that put up articles not only for grammar usage and outlining tips, but also personal posts about her writing days and journey. The article that has stuck with me the most out of all these years detailed how everyone should have one good enemy.
Not friend. Enemy.
This author, at one point, had quit her job with the blessing of her family to pursue her writing dream. It didn’t pan out, not right away. She ended up needing to get another job, one with far less prospects and perks than her previous one, and she was assaulted with her family saying, “Well, we really didn’t think it was going to happen, but at least you know now, right?”
They tried to be supportive, of course, in their wayward way, but the author’s husband (soon to be ex-husband, actually) was reportedly really nasty about the entire situation, despite his initial support. Instead of being apologetic and going right back to her day job, the author continued to write.
And wrote, and wrote, and wrote amid the job changes, the divorce, the struggles with money, all so she could eventually get published, look her ex in the eye and say, “I told you I would do it.”
So, if you’re looking for some motivation, spite can be a great help in the long wrong. Do it so you can prove them all wrong.