I'm not sure why it takes the bright red panic of a deadline to get me writing, but I have learned that when it comes to long-term projects that have no deadlines, there's nothing better than a conference or workshop to fuel motivation. Sometimes, just talking with another writer is enough to keep me going.
It's amazing what local libraries or bookstores offer. After looking online for awhile, I found out the local Borders is having a new author roundtable tomorrow night, and that there are several groups of local writers out there, along with (Connecticut) writer's events and groups:
It sounds like a simple thing-and seems almost too silly to bother with sometimes-but it's amazing what a big difference a trip to Borders or a book signing can make.