Monday, February 20, 2006
Let's get motivated!
What motivates us?
WritersServices.com says only four per cent of writers expect to make a fortune but 26 per cent do hope for some income. For many writing is an ambition and 13 per cent want to make a contribution to our knowledge or understanding.
For the majority of writers, writing is an enjoyable compulsion, but 11 per cent dream of recognition. Most of us are willing to share our writing (which is what you would expect from compulsive communicators). Just a couple want to keep their writing to themselves. WritersServices.com's survey says our optimism is impressive. Most people expect to find a publisher.
Today, I share with you several links to help get you motivated to write. Not all articles are specifically about writing, but they are all specifically about motivation. Enjoy.
Victory Crayne's Motivational Newsletters
Fiction Factor: Motivation
Steve Pavlina: Do it Now!
Terescia Harvey: Turn Off Your Obsession With Perfection
10 Commandments of Motivation
Holly Lisle: Writers' Block: Are We Having Fun Yet?
Holly Lisle: Writers' Block: Losing (and Regaining) Writer's Hunger
And, a few inspirational quotes to really put you in the mood:
"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads."
"Dreaming and hoping won't produce a piece of work; only writing, rewriting and rewriting (if necessary)--a devoted translation of thoughts and dreams into words on paper--will result in a story."
"There is no perfect time to write. There's only now."
"If the writer has a masterpiece within, he had better save it on paper. Otherwise, none of us will ever miss it."
"When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages every day, eventually I will have 500 of them."
"The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn't write."
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."
"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."
W. Somerset Maugham
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
Have a great week, y'all!