What motivates you? What motivates you to write a novel, to lose weight, reach higher or go farther than you've ever done before?
For me, having someone hold me accountable is always the best motivation. Followed closely by having someone who is trying to accomplish the same thing I am at the same time. (A little competition, or is it that misery loves company?)
This past week I got motivation from two different sources. A friend and I are trying to lose weight. (I've lost 26 lbs so far, celebrate with me!) This friend and I encourage each other to eat smart, exercise more, and get healthier. She's doing great too!
I also entered into an agreement with my DCCP's (Dazzlingly Clever Crit Partners) to write 7K words per week for the month of July, a feat that, if I accomplish it, will bring me to the conclusion of my current WIP. We check in with each other every day, and we will submit for crit every 14 days. Hopefully, this will leave enough time to get the work critiqued and tweaked before September 21st.
So what motivates you? Do you need a support staff, or do you prefer to do it on your own?