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Motivation To Write
I was talking with a friend who enjoys writing and she asked me, "What's your advice on getting motivated to write?" I paused for a moment, because I had never really thought about it. I write because I like writing, but her question sent the thought running through my head, "There must be a deeper reason for why I like writing." Immediately answers began bouncing around in my head. "Maybe writing has always been something I've enjoyed, and I was just born liking it. No, I probably like it because it's something in which I excel. Even better yet, I must like writing because I know one day it will be the way I make my living." All these different explanations may be true, but it didn't satisfy the question of what motivates me to write. The harder I thought about it, the more blanks I drew in my mind. When I knew I wasn't going to find the answer in my own head, I explored the internet. I typed in the Google search engine: Motivation for Writing. Many websites came up explaining different ways to get motivated, but none of them really resonated with my own motivation for writing. After awhile I gave up the search, still with the question unanswered. The next day, I went to school, fell asleep in math class, drifted through my other classes, ate lunch with my friends, had deep, important life conversations in English class , lifted weights and then went home. Just a regular day. When l got home I started to re-read a short story I had recently finished. As I was re-reading, a particular line gripped me unlike any other time I had read it before. It read: “ I want to write. I know it sounds crazy, but I am free when I'm writing. When I grab my pen and pierce the ink onto a fresh piece of paper I can feel an enjoyment that I don't feel in any other work. It’s hard to describe, but I just have a deep passion for it.” It was as if someone had just turned on the light in a dark room, not in my head, but in my heart. I knew this was the answer I'd been searching for. I wrote this line merely for a character, but I realized it was real for me as well. I am motivated to write, because what I write is true and honest to me, and I have deep passion for expressing myself on paper.
I Don't Know What to Write About?
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."- John Lennon
I share my story of how I learned what motivates me to write with the hope that people will be inspired to begin their own personal journeys as writers. In school I hear a lot of kids say, "I don't know what to write about" or "What I'm writing about is really boring." I realize that students sometimes get stuck with a boring topic, which can make writing very difficult and dull. However, even though there is a seemingly boring topic at hand, when you find a way to make the subject relate to you in a personal way the writing can become more vibrant.
Looking inward at your own life instead of trying to find the world's hottest subject is a great place to begin developing ideas for a topic. When you're writing about a subject that you can feel and even relate with on an emotional level, writing becomes easier. The transition from the thought process to the actual writing should have a smoother flow compared to writing about something with which you feel disconnected. The more intimate the topic the better, because it's easy to get lost in very general topics. Also, if you write about a topic that you truly don't know a whole lot about, that means you will need to spend a lot more time doing research. So, if you take the time to really "research" or delve into what you are personally interested in or things that are really pressing on your mind, then the writing process should be more enjoyable. Also, your writing will be more meaningful for those who read it and for yourself, because you are expressing how you feel about something that's real for you.
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - Maya Angelou