Friday, July 13, 2018

When Motivation Melts

It's been a long hot summer - is it really only the middle of July? Sheesh! - and my creative oomph is melting like chocolate ice cream down the sides of a sugar cone.

So, if you're feeling the same, these quotes might help - two for keeping on track, one for a good chuckle.  

Wait . . . do you hear that? Voices from the freezer. Ben? Jerry? Uh-oh, I better rescue them! I'll need a spoon. You know, just in case things get yummy . . . uh, I mean messy.

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"Stop looking at what other people are doing
and look at what you're achieving.
Stop looking sideways,
look at where you're going."
(Jocelyn Glei)

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"WRITER'S BLOCK IS BROUGHT ON
BY WANTING TO WRITE WELL
AND FEARING YOU'RE NOT.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WRITE WELL,
YOU HAVE TO REVISE WELL."
(Janet Reid)

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"I AM EDITING ONE BOOK 
AND DRAFTING ANOTHER,
MOVING FROM PJS TO YOGA PANTS AND BACK
WITHOUT EVER MAKING A STOP
BY ACTUAL CLOTHES."
(Joshilyn Jackson)

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How's your creative oomph and motivation holding up so far this summer? Any advice for keeping it from melting? Do you have a favorite ice cream or other stay-cool treat?  

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stay inside with the air conditioning!
Ready to be motivated and write the rest of the month.

Maria Zannini said...

Sometimes when motivation melts it could be time for a vacation--or at least a change of scenery.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Believe me, I try. :)

Go for it, Alex!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good ideas, Maria!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The brutal heat has actually kept me inside so I'm getting a lot of writing done. I did buy some frozen yogurt today.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good description. Yeah, my creative oomph... no, my total oomph... has been melting like crazy lately, but I'm working on it. :)

I believe a vacation is exactly what I need. Surrounded by grandchildren. They may suck out my energy, but they'll definitely rejuvenate my joy.

Have a super weekend!

Anonymous said...

I like that first quote a lot.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Frozen yogurt should help with the heat. Maybe the writing, too. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

If you do go on vacation, Susan, I hope you have a wonderful time and return re-energized! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Me, too. It can apply to so many areas of our lives, not just writing.

Cynthia said...

The heat's been really crazy this summer, hasn't it! I love ice-cream but sometimes just chilled fruit is good enough for me.

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's been a lot hotter in the UK than we're used to, so I'm struggling. However, my current WIP is partly set on a very hot day which means I've been able to use it for research!

And now I want chocolate ice cream :-)

Liza said...

Lot's of favorites for me...today it was butter pecan with chocolate Jimmies (as sprinkles are called in parts of New England. The second quote is for me.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

How about chilled fruit on top of ice cream?! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with the heat, but good for you for turning it to your advantage re research. Hmm, maybe your characters need to eat ice cream? :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I love that second quote! It feels so freeing.

Christine Rains said...

PJs and yoga pants are clothes! If not, I'm in trouble because then I own very few clothes. *LOL* I'm feeling the heat and it's melting my oomph too. I need to get back into the swing of things.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You and me, both! Of course, Minion pajama pants count as clothes. They're different than my actual pajamas, after all. Sheesh! :)

Jay Noel said...

I've been trying to stay in the AC and get some writing done. It's been working! Since June, I've gotten nearly 40,000 words written.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent, Jay! Keep at it!

Chrys Fey said...

I stay indoors during most of the summer due to the heat. And that's when I usually get a lot of work done.

Loni Townsend said...

Oh yeah, the heat just saps the creative energy out of me. I hope you find some cool creativity in the freezer there with Ben and Jerry!

emaginette said...

I'm doing okay, but it would be nice to turn the heat down a little. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

Lee Lowery said...

These are great quotes! Yes, the heat has been brutal in my corner of the universe. My strategy has been to stay out of it whenvever possible, meaning early morning workouts/runs, AC the rest of the day. It's too hot to even enjoy a glass of wine on the porch right now.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Summer in FL is like winter in a lot of other places - instead of hunkering down when it's cold, we stay inside when it's hot, hot, hot. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

If Ben and Jerry and I keep meeting like this, there won't be room in the freezer for all of us! :o

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Please talk to Mother Nature about that, Anna. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hope to try some early morning runs again one day soon, but I'm not there yet.

Maybe you need to switch to sweet tea for on the porch and save the glass of wine for inside. :)

Jay Noel said...

I'm losing my job in 3 weeks, so I'm actually getting some writing done. It's a nice escape from the job hunting stress.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Hang in there, Jay. Good luck with the writing and the job hunting!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Honestly, teaching is killing my writing spark. I signed up for a summer-long contract of teaching daily, not prepared for the amount of marking, lesson planning, and behavioural issues. Never again!

PS...Send help!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ben and Jerry are on their way! :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Ice cream is definitely my favorite stay cool treat. I eat way too much of it. Pretty sure I'd be at my goal weight if I just gave up ice cream at this point. Love the quotes! I enjoy writing at night when it's finally cool enough to open the windows and let in the breeze.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Give up ice cream?! Never! :)

Writing at night with the windows open to a cool breeze sounds lovely. I should be able to do that here in, oh maybe October.... :o

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Thank you. But I may need something stronger...