Monday, August 15, 2011

The Motivation Whine

"How do I get motivated to write?"

Another often-asked question I see in writing forums.

And this one bugs the crap out of me.

If you're serious about writing, why do you need to ask this question?

What do I mean by serious?

Serious = wanting to do this professionally.

As in making money from writing, getting your stories into magazines and your novels into stores, and doing it full-time. Or as close to full-time as you can get.

If that's the case, then not writing means you won't get paid means you can't pay bills means you can't buy food.

So you write.

Come hell or high water.

You sit your ass down and you write.

But if this isn't you, if this isn't what you want to do, if you're just in it for the art, then I have to ask: Why are you worried about being motivated?

Don't you just "write when you feel inspired"?

If that's the case, you just answered your question about motivation.

You write when you're inspired.

So don't complain about motivation.

And as I've said before: Writers write.


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