If I was a gambling man, I’d be willing to wager significant money that many if not most aspiring or newly minted authors are in the same boat I’m in: I work a full time job that I wish required only 40 hour per week. When I get off of work, I try to spend real, quality family time with my wife and son (I truly hope you aren’t overly sacrificing time with your spouse, children, or significant other). When the day job is over and the family has been put to bed, I find that I have precious little of the day left over in which to write. Inevitably I’m forced to withdraw from my already paltry sleep account in order to pay for the time to write, which leads to some brutal working conditions later in the week.
In fact, I’m finishing this article off during my lunch break. Last night I was up until midnight editing my manuscript. I have a list of writing projects that includes articles for Yahoo! and short stories that I try and work on when I decide I need a break from editing.
Why do we do this to ourselves? What drives us?
I want to try something, and I hope you’ll play along. I want to know what motivates you.
The primary reason for the existence of my creative writing blog (Sojourner Mountain) is to motivate and inspire myself and other writers. I’m going to be doing a couple of exercises over the coming weeks to enhance this for the readers of my blog, and I want it to be relatable to them. So I’m asking that you comment on this article and tell me in as many or few words as you like: what motivates you to write, or to be a writer? And if you’d like, please be sure to leave the link to your blog or author page (more on that below).
I’ll start. I write for two fundamental reasons: First, I love the whole art of storytelling…all of it. From the initial inspiration, to the awkward and embarrassing first draft, through the never ending editing, and finally (and this shocked me when I realized it) to letting others read it. I’ve found this addictive despite the exposure and trepidation that comes with letting complete strangers read and critique my work.
The second reason is based on the first: I want to write and tell stories full time. I dream of the day when I can be a professional writer, w hen my whole day revolves around writing, editing, and asking people to read my work.
That’s it in a nutshell (Curses! A cliché! Who’s editing this?) for me. What about you? Why are you a writer? What motivates you to look beyond the obstacles? As I collect your answers, I’d like to highlight some of them on Sojourner Mountain, and link it to your blog or website. Maybe your writing will inspire another writer…