“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
Motivation is what makes you want to do something. If you write, it’s a longing that can only be expressed in words. If I ignore it, I tend to get grumpy. I know when I’ve been away from words too long. They call to me. It’s like they build up inside and eventually I have to spill some out.
Reading feeds my motivation. Sometimes because the words are so right, but sometimes even if they aren’t it can motivate me to do better.
Sometimes when I am working on a new project just planning the story and developing characters can pull me into the project motivating me to complete it. The story can lure me into spending more time with it. Those are the nights when I come home from work and wish all I had to do was grab a peanut butter sandwich and sit down in front of the computer and spend the evening with my fictional world.
A goal can help feed your motivation. It’s an end, something to aim for, a reason to continue. But don’t ignore the journey. Getting into the zone can motivate too. It’s intoxicating to reach that point where you are focused only on your work and time goes by without your noticing it.
What motivates you to write? What keeps you going?
May you write what you’ve been wanting to read, this week.
- What motivates me? (roelienzwart.wordpress.com)