That's why one of the best pieces of advice I can give is to join with other writers and set yourselves deadlines. Whether it's a writers group, a virtual sharing board, or - and here's my own personal motivation - a class, that interaction with other writers is going to keep you going.
Now for my blatant self-promotion: I will be teaching a class through Portland Adult Education starting April 23 for adults interested in writing for children and teens. We'll meet for eight weeks to talk about and share writing - mainly middle reader and teen fiction, but you're welcome no matter what (and I've known quite a few writers who swear that writing in different genres beyond what they usually write makes their work even better). Here's the brochure description:
Discuss plot, character and voice, setting, editing and more with other adult writers of teen and children’s fiction. Participants will work through each aspect of writing with exercises and shared critiques. Bring paper or a laptop, and writing samples. Recommended reading: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O’Connor. This workshop will not include illustration.
I, of course, highly recommend it. But whether you join the class or not, stop by here for writing tips that I'll share with everyone as we work our way through the curious maze we call WRITING.
Oh, and if you'd like to join the class, sign up here.