As I write my first book and look at all the work ahead, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. When my motivation goes down, what works best for me is to answer the question: Why do I want to write?
In my case there are two clear reasons:
- To express my voice: the right and duty to expression oneself had always been a deeply rooted belief of mine. The world advances the way it does because of the influence of those who speak their minds. We need to encourage more opinions to be voiced. This is the only way to move away from the herd mentality.
To make money: it sounds materialistic because it is. I have made a clear decision that I want to write professionally and this involves making money out of my art. If money wasn’t a goal I wouldn’t force myself to accomplish specific goals such as publishing dates and word count.
So that’s it in a nutshell for me. When I’m low in motivation I remind myself that I have to work like as pro if I want to be a pro, and that there is value in sharing my ideas and experiences.
So, what is you’re motivation? What is the driving force for your work? What is at the core of your desire to write and create? If you know it, congratulations. If you don’t, think about it, write it down and come back to it whenever you need that extra push to keep you going.