Welcome to another week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 One BIG NEW THING I’m announcing this week is the creation of the Writing Up Wednesday page, where you can currently find the next 2 months of topics posted. I know a lot of people write their posts in advance, so I wanted to provide that opportunity to you all. 🙂 I’ve also added a list of previous weeks topics that I will try (key word) to keep updated. So on to this week! I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about this one.
Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:
Writing Up Wednesday #8: Motivation, Schmotivation
Motivation plays a big part in our writing. Or does it? Can you write without motivation? I think most of us would say no. Writing – unless you’re Stephen King or someone who has already “made it” big as a writer – is mostly done because we love it, not for monetary or any other personal gain. So what’s your motivation? Can you write on days you’re not feeling it?
Most of us write because we love it, or we have a passion to share with the world (hopefully both!). But surely I’m not the only one who opens my computer some days and it’s a bad day or a sunny day and I’m just not motivated to write a single damn word.
This past weekend, I was super freaking motivated. I had been stewing on a part of my novel for weeks. And weeks. I had barely written 100 words in that time. I was so caught up on this one thing. But then I finally decided that I just needed to WRITE, regardless of quality…and I struggled through that particular scene and then I. Was. On. Fire.
Last week, I had time to write. I had (theoretically) the ability. I even sat down and opened my current WIP in Scrivener a few times. And then I Facebooked. I blogged. I watched cat videos. I stalked GoodReads (my TBR is screaming again). I had no motivation. But, had I just forced myself, could I have written a few hundred words each of those days?
Yes. Yes, I could have. It’s my opinion that true motivation for a project never really dies – we may grow tired or disillusioned, but the spark we felt for the original project never actually leaves us. Sometimes pushing through the rough part is all we need to feel the heat of that first spark again. Now, can I write something without having felt any motivation for it in the FIRST place?
College essays, I’m looking at you.
But wait, that wasn’t truly without motivation. My motivation was to get the BEST GRADES possible, so I could maintain a high GPA. I might have despised what I was writing about, but that is still motivation, just of a different type.
Contrast that with me reading a short story contest blurb and having absolutely no interest in writing a 10K story about aliens and Kansas. Motivation? None. Not even the slim chance of winning whatever “grand prize” they’ve dreamed up will motivate me to write that story.
So, my answer to the original question is no. I, personally, cannot write without SOME type of motivation – be it that I simply LOVE the story I’m telling, or that I feel very strongly about something, or that I want a good grade. What about you? Be sure to add the link to your post below!