What motivates you when it comes to writing? I’m curious to hear from both students and adults.
For me, I think it depends on what I am writing. With Slice of Life, I’m motivated to have my children (both students and my own children at home) see that I am a writer. I’ve always loved to write. When sad, I write. I write my tears away and the hurt or sorrow that consumes me. I typically don’t share this type of writing. It’s just for me-a way to get it out there in a safe way, where I won’t be judged or risk hurting someone else. When I’m excited-what do I do? I write! These “pieces” are not for publication, but may just be a text to my best friend. When I’m angry, boy to I write. Anger writing is similar to sadness writing … I reserve this work for no one but me. I am also motivated by feedback. When I receive comments through SOL from my peers and students, it helps me see that my voice matters. Sometimes I wonder if anyone is listening, but when I read comments about my work, it feels a bit like opening a package on Christmas morning.
The type of writing that has to be done for someone else-reports and the like, I find unmotivating. There is less choice with this type of writing and for me, choice is crucial. I typically procrastinate when it comes to reports and filling out paperwork and forms. How do I motivate when I know I have to get the job done? I realize that the longer I wait, the longer it’ll be hanging over my head and the more I am prolonging the feeling of, “Ugh”. I never like the “ugh” feeling and make it a goal to avoid it at all costs.
What motivates you as a writer? I believe that if you can uncover this secret, you’ve filled your writing toolbox with the most valuable resource and will then be ready to live a writerly life!