Friday, September 16, 2011

What Motivates Us To Write

As we go through each day doing all the regular chores required of us, how do we use this time to our benefit as writers? Do we use the things we see, the changing shadows, the leaves falling as fall hints of arriving soon? Do we hear a melody and think of how we could use a line in a poem? Does the sight of a man or a woman remind us of someone from our past and how that person's life might provide an impetus for a story?

As writers we are writing all the time, either on paper, computer or in our mind. We imagine a story, create characters, and hear them speak often before we put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

A friend recently said she can't force herself to write. She has to be inspired to write.
But we know successful writers must learn to motivate themselves to write and often. I used to say "I can't think of anything when I sit down to write." Now I find it hard to decide which project of mine I'll work on today. No problem with a subject, just which one. Is it a mind set? Do we have to accept ourselves as writers and poets before we make writing a priority in our lives?

Do you force yourself to write at times? Do you keep a list of subjects or projects on hand? If you are working on a memoir or novel, do you make time in your schedule to write on a regular basis?
How do you motivate yourself to write?

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3 comments:

Susan L. Anderson said...

Love to write! Sometimes I can't decide if I want to type or write with a gel pen in a spiral notebook. Recently, I wrote as in a diary and connected the heart's blood as to ink (nothing new I know). As I wrote on, I could see the ink bleeding through a once snow white sheet of paper from the other side. Kind of like stepping on a freshly laid blanket of snow. How's that for a comment? Ha, ha. Thanks Glenda

Anonymous said...

In a nutshell, I'm motivated to write by events unfolding around me and what I see and hear in the media. My novel, We Shall Overcome, was inspired by the start of the Iraq war and a conversation I had with a police officer several years before that. I have a collection of poems entitled Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver that I'm trying to get published. A little over half of the poems in this book were inspired by my experiences caring for my husband who is partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes.

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome
http://abbiescorneroftheworld.blogspot.com
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

Glenda Beall said...

Susan and Abbie, Thanks for leaving your comments. Susan, I like the ink bleeding through the snow.

Abbie, You sound like me as to what inspires you most. But I have stayed away from political issues for the most part except I have written poems on my view of war. I am like Tony Bennett - I don't believe violence solves anything.
I think a book of poems inspired by caring for your husband would be of interest. You just have to find the right publisher, I suppose. Good luck.