Behind the screen as of late, I’ve been having trouble concentrating on my various writing projects. I’m editing the first of my completed novels and writing the first draft of my third while the second marinates for a while before I begin the editing phase for that one.
It’s not so much that I’m losing the drive to get the work done, because I am still determined to reach my goals. However, I have been feeling like I need a boost of motivation.
At times like this, I turn up the volume on my playlist filled with the songs that motivate me most and one of them is, believe it or not, from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Specifically, the 2017 My Little Pony movie.
Brief synopsis: The Mane Six is helping with the preparations for a Friendship Festival, soon interrupted by an invasion by Tempest Shadow under the orders of the Storm King. Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends are able to escape and embark on a quest to defeat him and rescue the other princesses.
Aboard an airship, the ponies meet a group of former pirates now in the service of the Storm King. Rainbow Dash is able to convince Captain Celaeno and her crew to defy their orders and return to their former selves through my favorite musical number in the film Time To Be Awesome.
Luckily for me, I’m not dealing with The Storm King. I am, however, in need of a similar pep talk. The upbeat rhythm and encouraging lyrics are often the thing I need to get me back to the work I enjoy doing.
“I know the world can get you down
Things don’t work out quite the way that you thought
Feeling like all your best days are done
Your fears and doubts are all you’ve got
But there’s a light shining deep inside
Beneath those fears and doubts, so just squash ’em
And let it shine for all the world to see
That it is time, yeah, time to be awesome”
Speaking honestly, when you’ve been working on the same chapter for several days or even weeks, it can feel like you’re not as good as you used to be because you’re not blazing through it. And editing a piece I wrote in high school, before taking several writing courses in college and without a clue about what I was doing, is taxing because there’s so much to fix.
But that is perfectly okay because I know deep down that I can get it to that point. I just have to put my mind to it and make it, as Rainbow Dash would say, 20% cooler.
Feeling down about your own work? Maybe Rainbow Dash has the perfect motivational words for you.
For another motivation booster, click here for my first-ever Soundwave Wednesday post!