You know that feeling you get when you’re typing away, the story just flows from your mind, through your fingertips and onto the page? It’s exhilarating! It’s also rare and should be cherished. Even if you plan, using outlines or index cards, you still need to fill in the gaps. It’s not always easy.
What motivates you to keep writing when filling in the gaps is difficult? Anyone that takes writing seriously obviously loves the craft – but what makes you sit down and put words on the page day in and day out?
I love the craft of writing. I love the artistic expression it lends me. Creating characters, throwing them into situations and watching them find their way out is a thrill. Some mornings I find it difficult to start the process. I can be easily distracted. Am I alone in this? Am I the only person that has to force themselves to write?
Some writers reward themselves for accomplishing certain writing goals, like daily word counts or finishing a scene. Others are just disciplined to write during certain hours of the day or night and refuse to be distracted. Oh how I wish it were that easy for me.
So, I ask again, what motivates you? Share your motivators in the comments. You could possibly help more than just me with your insights.