My co-author and I have been slacking a lot on writing. We've been letting the stresses of things far less important than lifelong dreams get us down and the novel had been put on a temporary hold. Luckily, tonight, we were able to start over with overwhelming motivation, leaving us more excited than ever to complete the books and, ultimately, the series.
We took a couple steps to restore motivation:
1. We didn't work in either of our homes (where distractions live). We headed to a Starbucks, where there were no dogs to care for, dishes to worry about or noisy televisions.
2. We free wrote. We stopped thinking so much about the plot and where things fit in. In fact, tonight, we wrote the ending. We have a very long way to go before we actually NEED an ending but that was exactly what we needed to feel rejuvenated.
When the two of us first started writing together, we were often afraid to offer suggestions, write over what the other had written, etc. Now, we're seeing that as a strength. Sometimes we disagree (kindly) but, of course, the readers are the ultimate audience and if the first reader (the co-author) isn't getting it, it needs to be reworked. Oftentimes, it turns out better with a little bit of both of our writing styles mixed in.
I'm so excited to see where this project goes. I have a lot of faith in it and, once again, am ready to work hard to make it all that it needs to be. I'm glad we've gotten back on track because how soon not now becomes never.