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Motivation...Or Lack Thereof

Updated on December 17, 2015

Today's Writing Gear

True Motivation Comes From Within

Motivation can come from anything and everything. Hanging around negativity can cause your creativity to suffer, but once you have found something permanent that motivates you completely there is no limit to what you can do. You begin to see and understand things much clearly as well. It is easier for you to distinguish the truth from the lies.

Jealousy is a very common setback. This is even more true if you are jealous. I highly recommend standing against it. Be accepting of others gifts and that we are all different. That is a difficult task in itself. We don’t understand things we do not have. If you have the motivation to get into acting for instance, you will see all actors as people before they are celebrities. We all have issues no matter who we are. We struggle through day-to-day.

People Are Not A Category

They are a learning experience!

I used to be disgusted with people from London because of my bad experience with a person who lives there. So I automatically thought everyone from London was that way. I see now how all my negative past relationships with people effected my creativity and my willing ambition to move forward. All these things kept me idle. Stuck. At times, it was as if I was in a pool of quicksand. I was going nowhere and I was sinking further into despair.

“Well, I can’t leave. I am O.K....Nothing wrong with it. I’ve got plenty to do.”

Malarkey! There’s always a way out. Some think the door is locked, but it’s not. It’s wide open. We are just too scared to walk through it. Sometimes we just see a wall, but there is always a way through that wall. Try something. Turn on your television. Put a movie into your DVD player or watch one on T.V. It can even be one you have never seen. Now, mute the T.V.. Plug into your favorite song. Now, watch that movie. You can either play the same song over and over or a series of music via your iPod or iTunes from your laptop, for instance. What did you learn? What did you see that wasn’t there before? Did you find a greater insight into something that you enjoyed? Was it scary? Everything you do is supposed scary. If it isn’t scary, then your dream isn’t big enough! As writers, we’re always writing even when we aren’t typing away at our laptops, typewriters, phones, tablets or in a notebook. I meant a real notebook with stationary inside. You know, the paper that trees sacrificed their lives to give us. Yep, that stuff. All writers still use that. I still get motivated to use that too. Convenience can come from anywhere. Harry Potter was started on a coffee shop napkin.

Yes, Creating Something New Is Important, But...

You can take breaks. Find a hobby or go for a walk. Get away from the pressures of daily life. I personally don’t gather new information on how to write manuals etc, I usually gather my insight from reading works from other writers. I believe that nothing can give you more inspiring on how to write a science fiction novel than to actually read a science fiction novel. Reading someone else’s brain is inspiring in itself.

Yes, it takes discipline and determination to get things done to achieve your goals and to acquire what you want, but that’s just the icing on the cake.

You can also take the T.V. Off mute from time to time. Sometimes the dialog we hear can also open our mind, answer questions and make us think in the moment and apply what what we just heard to our daily lives.

Some Things To Keep In Mind

Friends, strangers, parents, online pals will make suggestions to you. It is your decision in the end if you want to follow their words or not. "I should have done it." No, you learned on you own and in your own way. There are reasons why things happen the way they do. Learn from why you chose a different path.

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Never Surrender By Corey Hart


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