Ever since I was little girl, I’ve loved to write.
I remember when I was about 10 years old, setting up an office in my closet, a quiet place where I could go to think and write, far away from the distractions of brothers and pets and parents. Turns out being in the closet isn't much fun, so that set-up didn't last very long. But I never stopped writing.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’m bad at starting. That has always been true, but once I get started I just write and write. And then I edit and edit (which I consider an integral part of writing). I can happily spend 10 minutes just working on one sentence. Blissfully.
And that’s why I’ve worked so hard to develop a daily writing habit - because I know that it will lead me to my bliss. It’s also why I’ve struggled so hard. A monkey with Scrabble tiles could probably bang out more than one sentence every ten minutes. But my goal isn’t to produce volumes. It is just to produce something.
And that is a very important distinction. I have never written because I thought it was going to make me rich and famous. I write because I enjoy it. I push myself because I know it’s worth it. Sometimes I let other people read my stories. Sometimes I keep them to myself. But, the feeling I get when someone reads one of my stories and it makes them smile, that’s special. When it makes them react audibly or laugh out loud, that feeling is everything. Everything. And that’s why I keep writing.
Habits are developed. It can take a lot of work to pick up a habit and, if we are not sure what our motivation is, then it is all too easy to give up. So today I’d like you to think about your motivation. Why do you want to write?
To get rich and famous?
Because you’ve always wanted to write a book?
Because you have a story inside you that you want to tell?
Because your friend writes every day and he makes it sound fun?
Because you’ve got a lot of time on your hands?
Just because you want to know if you can?
Because it makes you feel good, emotionally and/or physically?
Motivation is very personal. What moves me may do nothing for you. But understanding the WHY behind our desire to write will help all of us achieve our goals a lot faster.
So today’s mission, if you choose to accept it, is to dig deep down inside yourselves and complete this sentence: I WRITE BECAUSE….or I WANT TO WRITE BECAUSE… Please post your answers in the comments below. We’d love to know what makes you tick!