Let me clarify the post title. I don't hate inspirational speeches as a general rule. Inspirational speeches are fun to listen to and the effective ones are, you know, inspiring and all that good stuff.
No, what I hate is having to write the suckers for my characters. One of the more common things you see in fantasy stories is the inspirational speech the king/general/hero gives to the army before the massive battle against the villain's forces in order to rile them up and get them to win. Basically said speech-giver is being a big ol' cheerleader for their army.
I hate writing these things because they have to be damn short and get across enough detail to be logical inspiring/pissing off the good army enough that it goes off and shows the bad army what for. Mine always sound weak for some reason. Ugh. Stupid speeches.
And that's it for the whining. Now for the good news: Chapter 21 of CALLARION AT NIGHT is in progress, and I've surpassed 56,000 words on the draft. Maybe this sucker'll be done before the end of January after all. Woohoo!
EDIT as of 2:20 p.m. EST: 58,000 words passed on CALLARION AT NIGHT and Chapter 21 is nearly done.