Motivation can be hard to come by, either for yourself or for your characters, so how do you find it?
How do you motivate yourself in your writing? Sometimes we've come to the "boring" part of the story. The part where we lay down the foundation for what is necessary for the next part to happen. This can be tedious.
a. Remember this is not boring, it is essential for building tension and drawing your readers further along
b. Hide "Easter eggs," drop hints, and foreshadow little nuggets to get your readers excited about what is coming next, and to get the re-reader to appreciate your labors.
Give yourself extrinsic motivation by letting yourself get to do, eat, etc. after you write X amount of words, pages, or chapters. These little things can be excellent motivation, a cup of tea, a piece of chocolate, or an episode of your favorite show can push you forward to greater things.
Compose a playlist or theme songs for your book to listen to while you write, or while you do housework to help your story mull itself over in your head adding dimensions and developing characters and inspiring your book with fresh ideas.
These are great to create lovely visuals to help you imagine your story...but make sure you keep yourself on track because it's easy to Pinterest yourself into another world and let your writing time slip away completely.
Motivating your Characters
Motivations for them can easily be found in their background or in their current circumstances. These are the underlying reasons a character is moving forward in the story, it is the core of who they are and what they want to be. Sometimes it is important to raise the stakes to make it more important and to drive the character forward. If it doesn't seem motivating enough, take a step back and reevaluate what your character wants and go from there.
A real motivation should evolve over time, developing different aspects pulling your reader more deeply in and adding dimension to your character. Make sure you have a continuous flow of the core with various checkpoints that deepen the character and heighten the stakes.
What are some ways you motivate yourself and your characters?