Where do we find our motivation to write?
Obviously, we’re all self-motivated to some extent. If not, we wouldn’t be here, reading this. But what happens when we have a tough day at work, or a the house is a mess, you didn’t get enough sleep last night or you’re just hungover, and all you want to do is lie down on the couch and stare at the back cushion and there is no way on God’s Green Earth you’re going near that keyboard today?
We’ve all had those days. Or weeks. Or months.
So when it happens, what does it take to get your blood pumping again? For some writers, it’s the fear of losing out on a paycheck. Others rely on the encouragement of friends and loved ones.
Me, I usually find my motivation in books of some kind or another. I started writing (again) after several years, after reading Stephen King’s ‘On Writing.’ Another go-to is Jon Franklin’s ‘Writing For Story,’ geared more towards journalists, but it still works for me.
What works even better is reading great fiction. A good story can make me jump up, run to my desk and yell “I can do that!” Sometimes it only takes a great sentence; it’s like a shot of adrenaline. Hemmingway’s good for that. I get a rush from Shakespeare, also. But my go-to is Hunter S. Thompson. Seconds after reading the intro paragraph (“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”), I’m ready to write.
So what does it take to put you back in the mood? Money? Caffine? Please share!
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