I recently came across a quote by the late Terry Pratchett that has really given me perspective for writing:
Although I have always been in the “don’t rewrite anything until you finish!” camp, this really gave me some perspective on why this method is helpful (beyond ‘so you actually get through the whole story’).
I love this idea of telling myself the story.
Lately, I have been motivating myself by trying to get excited about my novel, and not just the overall concept or individual characters, but individual moments. I’m currently writing a scene where Hart tracks down a printer who has been spreading heresy, and before I write and as I write, I try to keep in mind the exciting things about the scene:
A new character, Master Hairan, to meet and discover, who has a past before this moment that effects his decisions and how others react…