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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

IWSG:June 2015

Another month has managed to go by.

I worry I'm not cut out for writing or very good at it, put it off without any good reason, and can't seem to stay focused on one project for very long. But I want to keep writing. Even if I never make money from it or if it's just for me, I want to keep doing it.

What motivates you to write?

© 2015 by M.R.R.


Diana Wilder said...

There's a line from a song that I like, that your post made me remember:

Well, it's all right now
I've learned my lesson well
You see, you can't please everyone
So you've got to please yourself1

If you're writing, as God intended to you, and you're making yourself happy, that's good. And (I happen to think) it tends to flow over to other people. There's something about watching someone doing something (or reading what that person has written) that he or she has enjoyed, that makes me smile.

M.R. R. said...

@ Diana Wilder
Thanks for stopping by. I do need to work more on being positive about what I'm creating.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just do it because you enjoy it. If it's one of your talents, then God will guide you to a project you are so excited about it, you can't stand it.

Patricia Lynne said...

I had that same feeling the other day. But I can't imagine stopping because writing is so much fun. Maybe you'll make some money, maybe you'll find fans, but hopefully you're doing it because you love it.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Suzanne Furness said...

Do it because you love it, because it makes you,you and because you can't imagine not doing it. I have phases of productiveness and phases when I seem to achieve little, but the urge to create and write remains within. Do what makes you feel content and hopefully other things will fall into place.

Eliza March said...

Keep writing and do it for your own enjoyment. Those are the stories you (or the characters you create)can control. Have a good time. :-)

Terry Lee-Rosing said...

I agree with Alex. Do it for the joy of writing. We can all second-guess ourselves...are we any good...that sort of stuff. I call it the inner sarcastic/demeaning self, which I use in all my stories. The little voice (or person) sitting on your shoulder arguing with you about whether there's enough dust piled up to actually "think" about dusting. Tell the beotch (excuse the language) to shut up. If she can't say something nice, etc., etc., etc.

I never saw writing a book on my slate, or even writing. Not till I turned 56 did the stars line up and the waters parted. Time presented itself to me. The year I turned 60 my first book (Saving Gracie) was published. Second book (Partly Sunny) came out the next year.

Don't let anyone/anything, not even that pesky inner-self keep you from doing something you enjoy. There, I'm done. Go for it!

M.R. R. said...

@ Alex J. Cavanaugh
He just might.

@ Patricia Lynne
From what I've heard, you do not go into this for the money or the fame. But that's fine with me.

@ Suzanne Furness
Seems even when I think I suck, the urge to create returns.

@ Eliza March

@ Terry Lee-Rosing
I don't need to rush it for sure. Thanks for the visit and the encouragement.

Chrys Fey said...

Definitely keep writing, especially for you. I keep writing because I have big dreams that I know I won't ever reach if I quit.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I have been having a bit of that problem myself. My freelance work for others I can still write but my own has become much more challenging. Just take it day by day. Don't force it too hard that it becomes a chore.

Lexa Cain said...

I've felt this way so often. Realistically, it makes no sense for me to continue and expect some kind of payoff when I've been doing it for years and made nothing. At least not financially. I've gotten to meet a lot of wonderful people though. There's a great camaraderie in this writing community. I'd really miss that if I gave up writing.

M.R. R. said...

@ Chrys Fey and Sheena-kay Graham
Thanks for the comments and encouragement.

M.R. R. said...

@ Lexa Cain
The communities seem to be one of the best things about writing. Quality varies of course, but to find a group of people who understand a lot of what you deal with and can help you out when you're feeling low is a wonderful thing.

Angela Wooldridge said...

We all have doubts, and I think it's kinda healthy to have them. But if you're writing because you enjoy it, what do you have to lose? And the more you keep it up, the more you kick those doubts in the teeth.

Kai Strand said...

Most the readers motivate me to write. Even in the beginning, before I was published, I had the image of a reader in my mind. Keep at it. Take encouragement from each forward step you take in your manuscript. As long as you move forward, you're going in the right direction.

M.R. R. said...

@ Angela Wooldridge and Kai Strand
That's reassuring. Thanks.

Caffe Maggieato said...

I think it's easy to let our insecurities cripple us, but as everyone else said, if you love what you're doing, that's all that matters. The fact that the urge to keep creating/writing always returns says something about you, I think. Just keep writing!

M.R. R. said...

@ Caffe Maggieato
Thanks for visiting.