This post isn’t about how to motivate yourself to keep writing. Not exactly. It’s about answering a simple question before you proceed. That question being, “Why do you write in the first place?” I have read a few answers from people who have made a living at writing.
For instance, Isaac Asimov, the prolific (to put it mildly) Science Fiction and Science author, wrote in one of his biographies that he started writing Science Fiction because he couldn’t find enough Sci-Fi stories that he liked. This is a perfect segue into “write what you like to read,” but I’m not going to take it.
Some people say that they have a message to impart. They write so that what they consider to be an important avenue of discussion is opened to the world, and they hope, I imagine, to educate the rest of us in their message. For me, I’m not down with this one, as I’ve mentioned before. Your message will come out, so long as you write honestly. But, for some, this does the trick.
For me, and you knew I’d get here, right?, I have always written something in every job I’ve ever had. Some actually involved writing, but some didn’t at all. Still, I wrote, by making up a newsletter, or whatever it took. Even at the pizzeria, my first job out of college, I would make up what I thought were humorous signs and post them around the kitchen. Some of them lasted for years.
And you? Why are you taking the time out of life to sit and put one word in front of another? Odds are that you’re an introvert, so it isn’t the company (little joke there.) So, why do you do it? My point being, as I circle back to the first sentence in this post, that if you answer that question, you’ll have scant need of any other motivational tricks. You’ll write because you _________________________________________________________________________________! Can’t everybody understand that?