Motivating Yourself to Write by: Scot R. Stone
For those who have ever sat in front of a computer or a typewriter to attempt to write a three to five hundred page novel,
there have been many days, and will be many more to come, when you donâ€™t feel like your creative juices are flowing.
Whether you have published twenty novels or are starting your first, this is a problem that has plagued every author at some
point in their career. It is the most common killer of careers in the writing profession. Walking away can be more devastating
to your dreams than you realize.
How does one come to the point of not wanting to write? For many it can be caused by a bad day at work, an argument with a
friend or relative, a family emergency, another ejection letter from an agent or publisher or a myriad of other reasons that
bombard our happy lives. It is easy to procrastinate with so many issues trying to invade and dissuade us from our
So how does an author get out of the quicksand that is constantly shifting beneath his or her feet? Discipline and passion. Plain
There will always be roadblocks to keep us from achieving our goals, but we should always be prepared to drive around, crawl
under or hurdle whatever gets in our way. With all that the normal person has on their daily plate, it is easy to see why so
many new writers give up before they have even finished their first novel. Let's face it. How many more people would
become serious writers if they didn't have a full time job or family to raise? Plenty. But those who make it are those who
dedicate themselves to write no matter what is going on their lives. If a person managed to write only one page a day for a full
year, they will have a book by its end. Sounds easy when you say it like that, but most people don't look at that way. Writing
a book sounds daunting to most people because they look at the book as a whole instead of all the parts that were created to
put it together. Everyone wants to be at the end before they have written their first word. Impatience is one of the main
problems of disciplining yourself. Still don't understand? Basically, take it one day at a time. Put one foot in front of the other
and don't worry about page counts or deadlines. Write a set amount of pages a day and the rest will take care of itself. And
don't worry if the pages aren't your best stuff, that's where the editing and revising comes in later.
But being an author isn't only about writing a book, of course. There is much more beyond it. Another reason to give up.
What most new authors eventually learn is that finding an agent is almost as difficult as finding a publisher. No one wants to
receive a hundred rejection letters before they find out their masterpiece will never go into print. At this point you have to ask
yourself, are you writing to be published so you can make a ton of money, or are you writing because you love it? We all want
to be rich and famous, but as we all know, not everyone can be. If your goal is to only see your work in a book format, well,
you can do that yourself by seeking out a reputable vanity or subsidy publisher, especially if you don't have the patience to be
offered a contract by an agent or traditional house. If you can market well on your own, you could still be picked up by a
traditional house later. If you are writing because you love to write, that can be a danger as well. No one wants their writing to
be a hobby forever if they are seeking a contract, which, let's face it, most people are. What's the point in writing all those
fancy phrases and conversations if you will have no one to share them with?
You now see the dilemmas we authors face when trying to stay motivated. I don't think a person should one day say, "I
should write a book. Everyone else is doing it, why can't I?" That's not a very good attitude to begin with. Instead, they should
be saying, "I've always wanted to write and would like it to one day be my only profession." That's a reasonable attitude to
jump into the pool with. It doesn't set expectations too high at the beginning when one first begins down the road as author,
but it does say you want to take it seriously enough that you will do what it takes over the long run to be successful at it. And
that is where discipline plays its part. From my own personal experience, the more a person writes, the more success and
satisfaction they will find. It's like any other line of work. The longer you are at it, the higher your chances will get to finding
your way into a decent publishing house. You learn the bulk of what you need to in order to make it into a career faster than
you think, as long as you dedicate yourself to it daily.
But how do you know for sure if you will be a writer that will not just flounder for a long time and never find success? You
will develop a passion for it. And that passion will drive you to victory. Writing will become more than just a hobby. You will
take yourself seriously and strive for the best. And once you understand what I am saying, there will be no stopping you.