In the last few months, I’ve been asked this question several times. Initially it was someone who really wanted to know how I get motivated. It seemed that they were searching for their own brand of motivation. It isn’t because I want a knew job – I love being a Physician Assistant. But truthfully, writing every day is just something that you need to do to reach a goal. There are many times when I don’t want to write, but I do, and in the end, I’m even more excited for the next day of writing.
But even more recently, I was asked what was pushing me by someone who believes that I will never get published. They are a realist! They felt an obligation to remind me that the chances of getting published is so small. They recommended that I should stop while I was ahead. But ahead of what? – I am still not sure.
Of course initially I was pissed, but after getting over that initial shock, it had to be said that, in a large way, they are correct. They had never read anything I had written and they weren’t judging me but they were looking at the percentages. In the end, I write for me. It is fun and a way to express myself. If my only goal is to be published or make money than I could be in trouble. The good thing, being published is only one of my goals.
But, that person who asked this question, will never write anything. They are so caught up in the end game that they will never venture past their own ambitions, if they have any. Although it is a valid question and one that I ask myself daily, their take on things is depressing rather than realistic.
So I decided to come up with several reasons why I write:
1.) Because I can – God gave me this ability, so I feel a need to do so.
2.) I want to change the world – some authors have been so blessed to write something that actually changes the world, even stopping it at times. Who wouldn’t want this?
3.) I want something my kids can be proud of.
4.) It is in my mind, I just need to get it out.
5.) I love to learn, I love to improve.
6.) I have a dream of getting published.
7.) I want to make money.
8.) I want to see my book on the shelves of a bookstore.
9.) It’s fun.
10.) I love writing.
Feel free to add your own reasons to write. It is an amazing thing to do. What motivates you?