What is your motivation for writing?

 2018 3 24 writer
My original motivation for writing was to earn a paycheck from home doing something I enjoyed. And it worked for many years. Then Amazon turned the bricks and mortar publishing industry on its head and the magazines I wrote for went belly up and I found myself without that paycheck.


I tried other means of making money writing. Ghostwriting. Book doctoring. Editing. Etc. They all brought in some money and a lot of headaches. Did you know that it’s easy to lose money doing those things? Very easy! And it’s hard work. So I decided I didn’t want to work my butt off to lose money.

So I found a publisher and started writing novels and I enjoy it greatly. Only problem is that I also must do the marketing and I suck at marketing.

But I’ve found that I want to continue writing whether I get that paycheck or not. Not because I have some fundamental, gut-deep urge to write because I don’t and never did. Nor because I must write or die because I can do many other things and be happy, thank you very much.

Rather I find I wish to continue because I’ve learned a lot about the craft and art of writing during the many years I’ve been at it and I find that I wish to continue to use those skills until they begin to wane. (Which, at my age, could be any day.)

I know how to put a story together. How to create viable characters. How to create a character arc that works. How to both create and describe a setting without the description intruding on the pace of the story. I know how to pace for best effect. I know how to do all the things that, put together, make up a decent story.

In other words, I know how to write and, darn it, I like doing something that I’m good at!

3 responses to “What is your motivation for writing?”

  1. I too am abysmal at marketing, but I haven’t tried. I have the crazy notion the two approaches below will work.
    Have you been able to use your production in writing as a marketing tool. One way, you’re just not conceiving stories, but you might use metaphors, allegories and similes as a means to drop in comments about today’s society and problems? Second way, by the excellence of your production, you lead by example. People want to read and follow you.

    1. You are right. I’m trying — and I even took a class on how to use my writing as a marketing tool — and it will probably work as soon as I actually use the techniques recommended!

  2. It’s amazing how you can turn something you enjoy into something that pays the bills. Good job on following your ambition! 🙂

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