Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Motivation For Writers

The poster above made me laugh out loud. Sarcasm in its best form but wise words, too. 

Nothing writes itself. No poem, no book, no short story, no article. Nothing! Each requires the services of a writer. That's me and you. We don't have the benefit of sitting at a desk in an office with a stack of work set before us. No, we must be the creators of the work. We start from scratch. Nothing already processed like a WeightWatchers frozen dinner. 

We don't have the benefit of plucking an already written piece that we can send to an editor with our name listed as the author. Do that and you're in for a nice legal battle. You must write every word all by yourself.

If we're lucky enough to have a maid to motivate us to get out of bed in the morning and get to work, fine. But most likely, very few of us have such luxury. Instead, we have to motivate outselves to get up each morning and plan to spend part of the day creating something that someone else may want to read. We pull from our memories and our intricately working brains to fashion one story after another. Key thing here is that it is WE who must do it. Not our maid, not our butler, not our spouse, not our kids. Just US! 

So how about it buttercup? Are you going to get moving today on a new writing project or perhaps work on a half-finished one like we talked about yesterday? It's you and you alone who have the power to do so.

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