The leaves are changing, the weather has turned cold (not here in the Bay), and soon Christmas time will be here. As the end of the year looms ever closer, our motivation and desire to accomplish our goals may start dying. However, at the beginning of summer, are longing to write grew like the green leaves on the trees, but now, what once fueled us may have turned brown. Maybe your leaves have fallen, or perhaps they are still a stunning shade of green. Either way, you are still motivated to write, or you’re not.
If you are, great! If you are not, for shame on you – I’m kidding. Many factors affect why we may lose our motivation. This includes family, school, work, ourselves, and most importantly, our focus. Outside responsibilities definitely can keep us from writing, and for many people, it does. Ever since I can remember, I always planned my life around having freedom to do what I wanted. Meaning, very little external factors needing my time. Thus, I don’t have or really want right now, a family and kids. My time is mostly school and work – the boring stuff.
Even though I lack outside responsibilities, I have one demon that tries to kill my motivation – myself. For some of us, we are our own enemies. If you follow my blog, then you know I suffer from a lot of self-doubt and depression. If I don’t think I’m good at something, then I wonder why I keep doing it.
A lot of you already know this, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. Think of why you want to write? If you are a writer, and especially if you want to be a published writer, then writing should be like eating to you. Even if your week or month gets busy, you need to write. It’s not just a need; it’s a function to keep you alive.
When I get too lazy to write, I picture my characters knocking on a door, saying, “Don’t forget about us, we need attention, too.” Ok, so that sounds a little crazy, but they are right.
When humans become parents, they say their child is their world and heart. Well, I’m not a parent, but I can say my characters are my world and heart. I created them, gave them life and a story. They are my motivation to keep writing. Like a mother who sends their son or daughter off into the world, I want to send mine. And watch them pull others into their adventures.
Find out what keeps you motivated to write, and seize it, keeping it close to your heart. Make time to write, even it’s just 10-30 minutes a day. Don’t lose sight of your focus. And always remember, those you created are waiting for you, you just have to visit them again 🙂
And yes, please answer the question, but only if you want to =)