Do you ever wake up with zero motivation? Except, of couse, for the motivation to roll over and go back to sleep. The only driving force that got me out of bed today was this:
What a little beauty. The Capresso Burr Grinder model #559. Mmm, mmm, mmm. A fan-freaking-tastic cup of java started my motor this morning...
And here's what will keep me inspired to make dinner:
Once I finished the paperwork for a home equity loan, this top-of-the-line saute pan was mine.
As you can tell, I was clearly motivated to shop yesterday. Why? I like to blame the second law of thermodynamics. In super easy lay terms: all natural systems degenerate when left to themselves. Granted, my grinder and my frying pan had a little help with that degeneration, but it was seriously time for them to give up the ghost. Now that I have new tools, I am ready to crush coffee beans and fry up a storm. Which made me think...
What tools motivate writing?
A new laptop, that's a gimme, but who's got a pile of cash laying around to pick up a new MacBook every time their inspiration wanes? So for those who aren't related to Bill Gates, here's a list of a few pick-me-ups that just might nudge you to spend some serious time with your characters.
A New CD ~ music has a way of wooing the muse
A New Red Pen ~ or purple or color-of-your-choice, and make it a G3 or some other super smooth roller
A New Chocolate Supply ~ set a goal of doling out a piece to yourself after you've reached your writing goal for the day
A New Book ~ seems counterintuitive to spend your writing time reading, but sometimes reading great writing kicks your own up a notch
A New Sweater ~ one you'll only wear when writing so go for funky or quirky
Desktop Doodle ~ I hear ya...what's a doodle? Well, when I wrote my Viking time travel, I had a small statue of Olaf Trygvasson for inspiration. For Gallimore, I had a small knight replica. Whatever works for you.
Those are just a few ideas. Keep the conversation going. What tools motivate your writing?