A close writer friend of mine recently told me she had no idea how I manage to write so fast and keep my motivation up so consistently. Last year I wrote and thoroughly edited three books and this year my goal is to do the same. My friend's question got me to thinking about motivation and keeping the fire burning. It isn't always easy, and it comes more easily to some. Why is that and how can you get a few coals of that motivation to put on your fire? I don't know a magic spell or drink that will do it but I'll tell you my secrets and hopefully they will give you some ideas.
First my biggest secret, I let myself write a rough draft~a complete rough draft. I don't stop part way through and second guess myself or start editing and making small changes here and there. That disrupts the momentum and ruins the flow of the story from mind to computer. Once that flow is disrupted sometimes it never starts again. Don't disrupt it! Resist the urge to edit until you've reached the very end of your manuscript. I know the look on a few of your faces, I know you're thinking of disregarding this advice~don't! You wanted my biggest secret, there it is.
The second big secret is this, write every day, even if it's only a little bit. Positive word count is better than no word count. I try to write three pages a day but you don't have to do that much. Write a page, or even a paragraph, something to keep your mind on your story. A page a day get's the average book written within a year and that's a respectable goal. You don't have to live up to everyone else's timelines and goals, just your own. Set weekly goals and reward yourself.
Of course there are the other big things I've talked about in the past, knowing the heart of your story, outlining, and character development. I hope some of this helps demystify how I do it and gives you a few ideas you can use!
For more help check out this article from Writer's Digest on staying motivated.
Share your ideas! I'd love to hear how you keep your motivation up.