Some days it feels like you're a hamster on a wheel. You run really fast, but you don't get very far.
So how do you stay motivated? I have several ways.
One of the most effective recently is that crazy countdown to the conference. We're under 10 weeks and counting! EEEEK! (Though my new shoes arrived today. :) )
Another is the Zokutou Word Meter. I love seeing that word count slide upwards.
Another way I stay motivated is to have a cheerleader. I have a friend who reads the day's 'take' of writing each night. Not because she's a critic and looking for errors (though she points the obvious ones out from time to time) but because she likes the story and wants to read more. That's a huge motivater for me. I have an audience who wants to read my work.
There's always the chocolate motivater too. But that one has spreading side effects. :)
What motivates you to get on the hamster wheel and run?