Writing and Publishing

What’s Your Motivation?

If you are reading this blog, it’s likely because you are a writer (or at least are moving in that direction). Why do you write? What motivates you? What causes you to put in the work when other people or pursuits beckon?

If the answer is fame, money, or easy work, you hold unrealistic expectations. While it is possible to garner a bit of recognition or earn some money, these will not likely happen in abundance. Only a fortunate few realize these outcomes. As for writing being an easy job, that is far from true. Writing requires hard work, dogged determination, and sacrifice.

Being a writer is a difficult choice: dealing with isolation, people who misunderstand, rejection, disappointment, and fatigue. Why then, do we write? Though the reasons vary, they usually boil down to having a message we feel we must share, an idea that will explode if we don’t let it out. It’s critical we identify our specific motivation behind this.

It is, then, an inner drive that forces us to write. It’s important we embrace this. If we write but don’t know why, we will surely give up when roadblocks derail us, criticism deflates us, and frustration discourages us.

But if we know why we write, if we fully understand our provocation, then these threats will not thwart our progress. We will persist; we will prevail. Though there may be momentary hiccups along the way, nothing will prevent us from the work we know we must do.

If you understand why you write, great! If you aren’t sure, spend some time to discover the reason; uncover your inner angst or personal unction that fuels your writing. Then when our work is attacked, be it from the outside or within, we can confidently push through because we know why we write.

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Peter Lyle DeHaan is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book Successful Author FAQs for insider tips and insights.

By Peter Lyle DeHaan

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, publishes books about business, customer service, the call center industry, and business and writing.

2 replies on “What’s Your Motivation?”

I write to discover who I am.
I write to understand my body.
I write because it helps grow.
I write to share my story and lessons before it’s too late.
I write to inspire others to look at Life with the eyes of the soul.
I write for the joy and revelations it gifts me with.

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