Yep, not so long ago I tweeted Rhiann Wynn-Nolet to tell her I wouldn't do this post because I wasn't inspired. Then the strangest damn thing happened. I drank a glass of vino, popped around the blogosphere, and presto, blammo, inspiration!
So what inspires me? Pretty much everything, but today I'm talking about feedback. I love hearing from savvy beta readers. That perfect combination of sweet and salty, this is good, this needs work is often the smidge of motivation I need to plow through a sticky point.
On my current WIP, I had fits and starts. I wrote 38k and scrapped it, only to write another 18k and start to dig my toes in the made-of-suck-sand. Fortunately, I sent that 18k to two faithful readers who told me that the sand was not made-of-suck at all. It was in fact, perfectly good sand with some areas of crystalline perfection and some areas that needed the seaweed mucked out.
The little bit of atta-girl, along with some well-placed constructive criticism, was enough to get me rolling again.
So does sharing your work motivate you? Can you let the positives spur you on without letting the deltas get you down?
To see the rest of the inspiration posts, check out the Linky List.