I particated in National Picture Book Writing Week from May 1- May 7th and boy, what an interesting challenge! I'd never written a picture book until now (well, actually that's kind of a lie, I did write one picture book when I was in college....wish I could find that sucker, it was pretty good!). But I'm really glad I participated in the challenge.
For one - it encouraged me to do something I hadn't tried before (or, well, in a long time).
For two - it was an easy goal. 500 words a day (or thereabouts).
For three - it got me writing again. I've been in a funk ever since I started querying my MG book and sadly haven't written anything in a long time (and by long I mean 6 months or more). I realized that I missed writing a LOT. I mean, I knew I missed it, but the querying process beat me down so bad it took the joy out of writing. Especially when I was hearing stupid reasons for agents not liking my book. The most recent one said she wanted it to be more spooky. Uh, it was pitched as humorous. < shrugs > Yes, The Wizard of Oz would have been a hoot as a dark horror story. Whatev.
So now I'm kind of inspiried to finially get back to that YA I was working on and finish that sucker(I started it Sept 2009...and kept shelving it). And I'm going to write it because I LOVE IT. Not because 4 agents are waiting on it. Not because I care what market trends are. Simply because I LOVE this story and I'm so invested in the characters.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
What about you? Are you motived by challenges? What gets you excited to write again after a funk? Have you ever been in a funk? What did you have for breakfast?