Today’s challenge is to ask “What motivates you?”

There are many things that motivate me. Family. Success. Challenge. But really, it depends on what it is I’m doing.

When it comes to writing, competition is something that drives me. That might sound strange; since when is writing a competitive sport?

I do the majority of my writing during November for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As many of you likely know, I’m very passionate about NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what NaNo is, you can read more about it here. But for a quick run-down, the goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel throughout the month of November. That’s 30 days to write 50k, which comes to approximately 1,667 words per day.

I’m good at NaNoWriMo. One of the best parts of NaNo (best, but also most exhausting) is that we hold write-ins around the city. Write-ins are where we participants get together and write for a couple of hours at a time. We hold word sprints (where we write as much as we can in a set amount of time) and even word wars (which is a sprint with a competitive edge). Seeing and hearing others tap-tap-tapping away at their keyboards is very motivating to me. I’m an introvert by nature, so going out for NaNo write-ins is also a form of socializing for me. Oh, sure, I fake being an extrovert really well, but let’s be real… I’m so very much not. LOL!

Outside of writing, my family motivates me… my husband, especially. He encourages me to push myself and strive for even more greatness. And he’s there to pick me up when I push too hard… which is inevitable.

The biggest problem with motivation for me? It doesn’t last. I need a constant stream, and that’s just not possible. I’m working on self-motivation (i.e. not using external forms of motivation such as competition or family). That’s one of my goals for this year.