Finding the motivation to write post-NaNoWriMo

Finding the motivation to write post-NaNoWriMo

With a little help from my friends...

One of the biggest reasons I do NaNoWriMo every year is because it gives me the kick in the pants that I need to get to work on my writing.  Now that NaNo is over and I didn't reach my goal for the month, however, I'm needing to find another way to keep myself motivated.

I was actually hoping that NaNoWriMo would see me through to the end of my novel, which is the second in a series.  I wrote the first novel last year, starting it earlier in the year, and then finishing it during NaNo.  The second novel I started just a few months ago, during the August session of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I was hoping to put an ending on it during November.

No such luck.

So I need to find ways to keep me motivated, until I finish the book and beyond.  One attempt will go into effect tomorrow evening: I'm going to have a "write-in," just like the ones we had during NaNoWriMo, with a friend of mine who also writes.  If I do that occasionally, hopefully it will keep the creative juices from ceasing to flow, and keep my novel in the forefront of my mind.

In the same vein, I also intend to continue meeting with some other friends of mine from NaNoWriMo.  Talking about my progress on my novel, as well as scheduling writing time with others who are like-minded, should help to keep the trail from getting too cold.

Of course, I can't rely on my friends to provide all of my motivation for me, but I think maintaining and surrounding myself with a similar writer-culture as the one that so motivates me during NaNoWriMo will help to keep me motivated throughout the year.

How do you keep yourself motivated to write?