I have one of these perpetual motion cat-toasts in the back room, and I hook myself up to a helmet powered by it when I sleep. It’s where I get both the story ideas and the energy to write my books.

I wish.

Unfortunately, neither ideas, energy, or the time are quite that easy to produce. You have to make them all. And by that I mean I sit down with a notepad and a pen and I make ideas. I decide to wake up and write even when I really don’t want to, or type away in my Scrivener document when all I really want to do is sit down with a back of hot-cheetos and binge the new season of House of Cards. That’s how I “make” time and energy.

Don’t take no for an answer. That’s why I love NaNoWriMo. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories to myself, but when I heard of NaNo as a teen, I immediately decided to jump in and start writing a bit more seriously. It took me a few years to finally finish a book, and that was facilitated by having the whole novel plotted out ahead of time, but that’s a story for another post.

Along with the forums, the Pep Talks really helped me. It’s that believe-you-can attitude that I think a lot of people need more dearly than they know, along with the motivation of knowing that hundreds of thousands of people around the world are doing this crazy thing along with you.

If there’s something you want that you don’t have, something about the way you’re living your life that’s not making you happy… STOP.

Sit down and figure out WHAT you want, figure out HOW you’re going to get it, and then go DO it. Otherwise nothing will ever change. And that’s the scariest thought I can imagine, because time is going to pass whether you’re living how you want to or not.

This month, I’m writing Gods of Rust and Rot, the second book in my Seeds of Chaos series. I’m working hard to create ideas, energy, and time, and I’m loving every second, because this is what I want to be doing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to publish it by the end of January, or perhaps February. That thought is worth having to wait to binge House of Cards. It’s also the thought that serves as my perpetual motion cat-toast.

Do you have a dream, a goal, something you want out of life? What is it? Is it something you haven’t gone after yet, or are you working toward it? Tell me about how you guys are making your own cat-toast, to power the life you want.