Monday, August 3, 2009

What's Your Motivation?

All writers have our own reasons for why we pursue the craft. Some of us have discovered that writing articles, columns, and copy can be handy extra income. Others are working on a manuscript and hope to see their work on bookshelves someday. And others have their own myriad reasons for why they show up at the keyboard every day and pound out text.
There are a lot of reasons for why I continue to work at it. I'm interested in a lot of different things, and writing has given me a way to learn more about those things. Many of the people that I've gotten to interview and the things that I've gotten to do keep me coming back for more, as well. It is also a great outlet for me to share what I know with others. And yet another reason is that writing has been an incredible way to relieve stress and make sense of a few otherwise very difficult moments in my life. Writing has always been one of the few constants in my life, and I always feel challenged to make each piece better. And yes, okay, I admit that the income is nice, too.
What's your motivation? Why do you keep writing?


  1. I write because I found it to be a great way for me to express how I am feeling and not keep things bottled up inside, whether it is being happy,sad,angry, upset, etc. It has also been a constant for me, though I have not been consistent with it until now. I also like to share what I learn or come across that might be of interest to other writers.

  2. I write because I have to. I'm driven to it. It's as simple as that. I've been writing as long as I can remember, for good grades or just for fun, but I'm just now deciding I want to do it for more than that. So much to learn.

  3. Julee--it's true, and the learning process can be overwhelming at times. I know it can be for me. But the process also keeps me coming back for more!