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Writing Thought: Perseverance
November 7th, 2014 by Coral

I didn’t get the chance to post yesterday, and for that I offer my most sincere apologies. When I finally got home from work, my laptop decided to do an update and reboot, and by the time that had finished, I had to go to bed so that I would be rested for my Latin Test this morning. Well, the Latin Test is over, the update is complete, and I am back.

So, the topic for today’s discussion is motivation. Two kinds of motivation, really, yours and your characters. We’ll start with character motivation.

Every character needs to have clear motivation. Even if it isn’t meant to be clear to the reader, it needs to be clear to you and to the character. If you don’t know why the heck the character is doing what they’re doing, it won’t feel real and won’t make any sense to the reader.  Strong motivation makes meaningful actions from your characters. Another thing to consider is that your characters are subject to change, just like regular people. They can change their minds, their perspectives can go through a metamorphosis, and this is a very good thing. Even if you have a principle that they stick to, they can still change how they approach it, adding in an understanding of other perspectives. This is an important part of character development and story texture.

 

Now for your motivation. Specifically, what is your motivation to write? This is something you should examine. I am not trying to dissuade you from writing, I think writing is a worthy endeavor. However, if you struggle with getting things written, it might be time to examine the ‘why’ of your choices. Are you writing because it’s cool and you want to be cool? Hm, that might not be enough.

Personally, I write because I love writing. It gives me pleasure like nothing else does to be able to sculpt words into something that can elicit any emotion from my readers. I write because my soul demands it.  I also write because I have a message, I have things to say to the world, and I want to get them out there. Some of my writing has powerful messages on what I believe, and it’s my way of getting it into the world. Finally, I will confess, I also write because I like getting praise and attention. I like people liking my writing. Part of this is because I think they are understanding at least part of the message in my writing.

Motivation behind an author is important, having a strong motivation and understanding why you write can be the difference between perseverance and giving up. You should never give up on something just because you have a bad day at it, this is a way to help you push past those bad days and continue on.  Everyone has the potential to become something great, we just have to have the will to discover what it is that makes us great.

Everyone is different, and I am a writer.

That’s the thought for today and, technically, yesterday, too. Enjoy, and I’ll see you all later.


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