By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 At 12:29 PM

It took me a little while yesterday, but I finally did find my motivation.  In the end, I wrote three blog posts for my own blogs, a handful of posts for a client, and worked on my novel for a solid hour and a half.

It doesn't sound like much, but I'm proud of it, especially since it was so hard won.  It took me most of the day to get to where I could even write posts for my own blogs, let alone my clients', even though they are all fairly easy to do.  At first it was hard going, but once I got into the zone the posts went quickly, and I wondered how it had taken me so long to get going on that.  Have you ever had that happen to you?

Finally, around 10pm, I got to work on my novel.  That was the hardest transition of all.  For one thing, even though I had put in my time and was getting tired of writing client posts, I had a hard time switching gears and writing something that I wasn't getting paid for.  That's a huge hurdle with me, and one I will have to overcome if I ever want to be able to finish even one fiction project.  Besides that, though, I was picking up something that I haven't worked on in months and trying to figure out where I was when I left off -- a barrier that can seem insurmountable when you haven't yet climbed it.

Once I opened the files, though, and started skimming through to see what I'd already done and where I'd stopped, it all seemed so much easier, and before I knew it I'd put an hour and a half of work into it.  I assigned myself 1,500 words for my effort (I'm giving myself 1k for every hour I work on revisions and timeline stuff, since those things don't leave me with a reportable word count).  Hopefully I can put a couple more hours of work into it this evening!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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