This past month I’ve drafted my next novel, the first book in a YA series about a girl who becomes invisible. I am currently halfway through the draft of the second book in this series. How have I found the motivation to spend that much time with my computer?

For one, I have an awesome writer friend who recruited me to participate in a writing marathon that her programmer friends set up on their brand new website, Wordspot. The site lets writers document their word count, interact with other writers, and so much more. I highly recommend joining such a site if you are serious about completing a writing project.

I’ve also been diligent about meeting my daily word count goals this month. I can’t stress the importance of this next statement enough: Know thy word count! As mathematical and soul sucking as it might seem to your inner writer, you’ve got to get an estimate of how many words you’re capable of writing in a day (6-8 uninterrupted hours, or however many hours per day you plan to dedicate to writing).

Do not expect to meet your word count everyday. Some days you’ll go over. Some days you’ll go under. You may even have to readjust your word count goal as you settle into your groove, but you can only discover and rediscover your standards if you actually set them.

None of what I’ve mentioned thus far will work, however, unless you simply GET THINGS DONE. That’s what writing, and pretty much anything else in life, boils down to–getting things done. There is no quick and dirty way around this truth. Some writers call this principle BIC–butt in chair. Whatever you call it, just make sure that your both your butt and brain end up at the same place at the same time and that you write during that time.

Although there’s no easy way to get things done, I have found it helpful to read inspirational quotes, among other things, before writing. I’ve been posting some of these quotes to my Wordspot message board for my fellow writing marathoners to read, and I’ve pasted a few of my favorites for y’all below.

One more thing, don’t get hung up on reading too many inspirational quotes, as that would defeat the whole point of reading the quotes in the first place. Just get things done.

Oh, and writing about getting things done does not count toward your word count, which is why I’m stopping here. Ciao!

“The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.” – Getting Things Done. Also found some inspiration on “50 Things You Need to Give Up Today.” Here’s the URL for that:

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” -Dale Carnegie

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” – Michael McGriffy, M.D.

“This constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy.” – Kerry Gleeson

“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing the small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffer

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” – Elbert Hubbard

Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there. – Everyday Life Lessons

“Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.” -David Eddings

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” -Isaac Asimov

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” -Lyn Yutang: Prolific Chinese writer and editor, 1895-1976

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” -Ray Bradbury