What is it that actually motivates me to write?
It’s not something that I’ve been able to easily answer in the past, and it’s still something that I struggle with regularly. On a good day, when I feel motivated to put fingers to keys, the reasons I write can vary from the exploration of a single thought right down to the simple basic premise of telling a really good story.
I truly love the ‘flow state’ I achieve when motivated to write, like it’s the fresh air I’ve been looking to breathe all my life.
In that moment, be it one-thousand or twenty-thousand words, it feels achievable. Its the state that I want to strive for one more word, one more sentence, one more chapter… and its something that I long for every day.
I’m at my happiest coming up with new ideas and being excited to write.
Sometimes it’s the characters, where that character lives, and how they interact with the people that occupy their environment.
Often I could spend whole weeks writing backstory elements full of amazing technologies, and settings to fill entire universes, and have done so in the past.
The same is true about articles, being able to think deeply about an aspect of the human condition, the psychology behind our actions, and the way we perceive the world sets my mind alight to learn and impart knowledge.
A few people have asked me if it’s the thought of monetary reward. Sure, I’d be a liar if I said I haven’t imagined what it would be like being a ‘best seller’ or some kind of literary award winner but it isn’t my motivation.
If I had to set a goal in stone, the future would allow me to support my wife and I with my writing, ultimately writing a book or two a year with articles and short stories in-between.
But it’s not the only goal, and it shouldn’t be, doing it for the money is fine for a while, but if you don’t love it then kiss your happiness goodbye.