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Smiley Board

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in board · goals · motivation · yoda

In a recent post on her blog Cathy C’s Hall of Fame my writing Yoda posed the question, “What’s over your writing spot?”  I thought it an interesting question because we all have different ideas about what should motivate/inspire us to get our butts in gear.

As it happens, I have a bulletin board full of family photos.  This was not the original use for the bulletin board.  The board was supposed to be a place for me to post submission deadlines, inspirational quotes, snippets of grammatical and spelling reminders, you know, writerly stuff.  It is, instead, a collage of pictures. Not exactly what I had planned for my mad rush to publication.

In considering this, I realized that no matter how frustrated I become with the tap-tap-tapping of my fingers on the keyboard and the way it translates to the screen (rarely flashes of brilliance I’m sorry to say), all I have to do is look up and there are a dozen smiling faces reminding me that if I never publish another thing the world won’t end. My life is on that board in the images of people I love, and as it turns out, that is a pretty strong motivator, especially when I’m balancing the checkbook which requires frequent glances at those photos of happy people and, often, a big fat glass of wine (but that’s for another post).

Lest you think my writing space is all fun and games, I do have an erasable two month calendar tacked up next to my smiley board. This keeps track of submission deadlines and other writer type stuff so I don’t feel like a total slacker.

What is your great motivator? I don’t mean just for writing; I mean for anything. What motivates you to keep going on days when you’d really rather halt the world and go take a nap, or hide under one of those little umbrellas the bartender drops into your Mai Tai? Personally, I have a lot of motivators, internal and external. But I gotta say that smiley board is the best shot in the arm ever.

Til next time –

6 Responses to "Smiley Board"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    July 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm  

    Hi Lisa! Love this post! I think what motivates me the most, whether it's "writerly" or just getting through those kinds of days you mentioned, is family and friends. That may sound too cliche, or over simplified, but it's how I really feel! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm  

    Why, thanks for the mention, Lisa. I'm planning a "What's over YOUR Writing Spot, Part Deux" in a week or so. :-)As for that motivator part? For writing, it's just an intrinsic thing, an internal need to keep at it until I get it right.But I get up every morning and do what I can 'cause life's a gift I don't want to waste- maybe I keep hoping someday I'll get that right, too. 🙂

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 17, 2010 at 8:24 am  

    Hi Becky – I can see what motivates you in your writing. You are very obviously smitten with your family!Hey Cath – I'll look forward to reading your "part deux". Your posts are always good ones. You're already "getting it right" so keep it up! And life is a gift, as you say. It is easy to forget that sometimes (guilty here!) but important to remember.

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm  

    Hi Lisa,My writing spot is my messy little office/bonus room. To the right is a big window looking out to the front yard. To my left is our living room, with a great view of my husband watching t.v. Straight ahead is a fake palm tree full of Christmas ornaments. I am surrounded by family photos and collages. I don't seem to have a problem with motivation … I get an idea, write it on an index card so I won't forget it, and then get going on my writing and/or photos as soon as I get a chance. Blogging each morning as soon as I get up keeps me in the mood and in practice. Sometimes my posts are short and not too well thought out, but sometimes they have a lot of work put into them. Blogging is easy for me, and a joy.I am trying to branch out into longer stories and maybe even work on my three books, but I am kind of scared. That is okay; I was scared of my new camera for the first 3 months too! I'll get over my fear when the time comes, and then I will probably never leave the computer!Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your great post, Lisa!

  5. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm  

    I have family pics on my desk. It's sort of like my own cheerleading squad:) Have a good weekend,Karen

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm  

    Hi Kathy – I always say you are like the Energizer Bunny! You have the ability to juggle so many projects at once, and I'm surprised you say that you're scared. I think of you as being fearless! Your working space etc. seems to be working well for you. I wouldn't change a thing!Hi Karen – We can all use our own cheering section. You're right on target!

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