"Every day I get up at 6:00 AM to wait for Inspiration. If she doesn't show up by 6:05, I start without her."
While writers, no doubt, have natural traits of mental reserve in the face of not-so-great odds (yay for being stubborn and passionate and slightly masochistic!) and can generate a HUGE amount of self-motivation, it’s no surprise that sometimes we run out of steam.
And then what do you turn to?
What or who motivates you to do your very best in a field where quality is subjective? Because let’s face it, nobody’s going to know if you’re giving this whole writing thing your best shot except for you.
Who is your motivation?
As a child, I was a people pleaser. I was the youngest and loved to make people laugh (which, in hindsight, mostly annoyed everyone). I also loved to get good grades, truly enjoyed school, and wanted to please my teachers. I wanted to do well at soccer for my team. Most of all, though, I wanted to make my parents proud. I clearly remember that feeling. I wanted them to be proud of me.
It’s funny, because now that I’m a parent, it’s the opposite. I want my kids to be proud of me. I want them to see a mom who has a strong passion and gives it her all. And it makes me wonder—were my parents doing the same thing? Was I their motivation?
Today I urge you to think about two things (and feel free to answer in the comments!):
-Who motivates you to keep writing?
-In your life, are you the muse for someone? Are you their motivation? If so, a few words of encouragement go a long way :)
See you on Friday.
Here are a few photos of my motivation:
My Mr. Baseball, age 13
My Homecoming Princess/Future Egyptologist, age 16