Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm Ready to Have Fun!

Have you ever thought about why you started writing? As this blog reflects (and lack of recent posts), I’ve been dragging on the motivation front.

Well, I was thinking today about why I started writing in the first place. And guess what? I got excited. For the first time in months I felt compelled to even write a blog post. Why? Because I remembered that I started writing because it sounded like fun. Yes, FUN. No one starts a venture because it seems daunting. At least I don’t. I’m up for a challenge and all, but c’mon writing a novel? I had no idea how hard it would be to write my first novel, and then my second, and even contemplate a third. And it's a good thing too, because I probably never would have started a single one.

Here’s my thought: If I have any hope of returning to my writing with any success, I have to stop focusing on publishing and start having fun. I’ve lost that loving feeling and want it back. So I’m writing to have fun. To capture my own happiness. I know it's possible if I can turn off the logical part of my brain. That shouldn't be too hard (especially since I'm preggers. Logic left a long time ago).

So, what about you? Can you face the throes of publishing without it killing your creativity. Or are you like me and need to get back to the basics?


Stephanie said...

Some days I am incredibly motivated and so ready to move forward in this journey. Other days,'s tougher. But I try to take those feelings and use them to push myself forward. Like yesterday..I got a really bad critique on the opening of one of my stories. I was pretty down about it, but it did motivate me to work harder on my other projects..even if I have to leave this one behind.

Indigo said...

Thank you. Revisions are definitely hard work and you're right, if I stop obsessing and start enjoying my writing again, I'll get motivated. (Hugs)Indigo

Anonymous said...

Me too! I started a blog because I wanted to get back to the basics. I think it's great that you found your spark again. Best of luck!

TLH said...

Oh, Stephanie. You always know just what to say. You could not have said this to me at a better time.

I am so overwhelmed sometimes writing what I think people want to read, that I don't even want to write it anymore.

Maybe I should stop thinking about publishing, like you say.

You're so darn smart.


Steph Damore said...

Ha, Tara, I'm not that smart. I just know how hard it can be most days to just write. Keep at it girl. It'll be worth it...if not in the end, then along the journey.