This morning I dragged myself out of bed at 5:50 a.m., stumbled down the stairs with eyes bleary, pried open my laptop and wrote. Why would I do such a thing to myself at such an early hour you ask? First of all, it seems to be the only time I can actually get some writing done. The day is too hectic post a.m. But the second thing is motivation.
I know what you’re thinking. How can anyone be motivated at 5:50 a.m. let alone any time before 7 or 8 a.m.? One hashtag: #wordmongering. I’ve met lots of great writers of all sorts under the #wordmongering hashtag, and the spirit of motivation from them is contagious.
Sometimes I’m #wordmongering alone, but often I have friends to do it with me that I’ve met via that hashtag. In fact, that’s usually what helps motivate me to get up in the morning. I agree to meet up with one of my Tweeps and we both get some #wordmongering done. I’ve noticed a huge difference when I feel obligated to meet up with someone to do it vs. just doing it for my own sake. It’s very easy to decide instead to sleep in and save it for tomorrow when it’s just me. But when I’ve committed to meeting up with someone, there’s that little bit of extra drive and the work gets done.
You can easily find the occasions on my Twitter feed where I’ve done some #wordmongering. For two 1/2 hour sessions, I usually get anywhere from 200-700 words. True, it’s not tons of words, but the point is the novel is getting written AND I have a reason to get it done.
I can’t recommend enough the use of #wordmongering. There’s also #editmongering for those of you who need to do more editing than writing. You make new friends, have great motivators, and really feel a sense of accomplishment because you’ve been accountable to someone—even if that someone is the Tweetverse.
So what about you? Do you use Twitter or other social media to help you stay motivated to write? Have you had any experience with #wordmongering or #editmongering and how did it go for you? Share your experiences in the comments below.