Note: Originally published on my blog for authors.
I re-had an epiphany a few days ago: Making money is not my biggest motivator.
I say “re-had” as this epiphany occurs to me on a regular basis, usually when I’m trying to find motivation to continue writing a book I know I need to write, but am losing (or have completely lost) enthusiasm to finish.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The money is great. Awesomely fantastical, even, but it’s not what gets me out of the bed every day.
Which is kind of a problem when you’re a single parent and self-employed.
I know, I know, this makes me sound incredibly flaky and half-assed about writing. I’m not. Trust me. Flaky writers don’t spend ten plus hours a day pounding away at the keyboard, do they?
No, this epiphany is much more along the lines of Author, know thyself. Maybe this works with others. Ok, I know it does, but money is a means to an end for me, not a motivating factor behind my work ethic and production schedule.
Instead, I look to things like the handful of ultimate goals I write along the top of the pages in my organizer: house, Australia, investments, new car. Or sending my son to New Zealand for a work holiday, so he can experience life somewhere else on this blue marble. Or making sure he has the money to start a business or go to college.
My son is actually a pretty big motivator.
But the biggest motivator by far is my inner creative drive. I’ve always been a writer. I will always be a writer, but now I have the sort of focus I lacked prior to writing fiction. I know how to complete a story, package it, and find readers for it. I know how to polish my prose and look for flaws in my own writing. And I now know what to do with the dozens of ideas floating around in my head at any given moment.
Understanding my primary motivation for writing goes a long way toward helping me put butt in seat and fingers to keyboard. Is money a consideration? Sure! Without it, I could never continue writing the way I do, nor could I fulfill those ultimate goals mentioned above. But it’s not my biggest motivator.
Why do you write? Comment below!