Writers write. This is perhaps the most common maxim in the writer's lexicon, which sounds kind of stupid because of course writers write. Right? (Too many homonyms?)
Unfortunately, there are many writers out there for whom the actual writing is last on the list. Now, for some, this is due to family/life/work obligations, things they can't really help. Okay. But for others, the problem is distraction -- email, facebook, twitter, blog, email again just in case.* You get the picture. (Procrastination! says the former Queen of Procrastinationland. Or it could just be bad habits, who knows?)
Lucky for us, there are tools to help. There are hardware options like the Alphasmart Neo, software solutions like Freedom, and downloadable solutions like Write or Die (which is just plain fun).
And then there are solutions like the one I gave my son last night. It's been kicking around for a while. Maybe you've even seen it before. Nonetheless.
He'd been begging for the computer all night to catch up on his NaNoWriMo word count. The problem is that once he logs in, he can't seem to keep himself off the NaNo site. He updates his word count more often than he types actual words. He craves the reward.
He also loves cats.
Solution? Written Kitten. Oh yes. Go check it out. (Unless you're Julie, then you probably should stay away. The rest of you? Clicky the linky and enjoy.)
What do you do to motivate yourself?
*This isn't generally a problem for me. When I manage to carve out writing time, woe betide the one who disturbs me.