Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Drive time

I am also a car enthusiast…heck, enthusiast is not quite the right word.  Freak might be more like it.  I’ve owned 20 cars and currently have four – 2 toys and 2 daily drivers.  My dream car of cars is a Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.  Unfortunately, they are few and far between.  Nevertheless, I can dream. 


I was thinking about the word “drive” today, and it doesn’t only apply to luxury automobiles.  It also addresses personal motivation.  I wrote on Friday that I want to see my book on the library shelf.  But, there’s more.  Other reasons include to get the story out of my head – to see how it ends – to share it with others – to speak my mind uninterrupted.
But, even that is not 100% of the truth.  Another motive is not nearly as honorable.  I would love to be paid to write again.  I have a head full of ideas and stories, and I think they are good.  I can actually see myself as a professional fiction author.  However, I'm not greedy - I don’t fantasize about being filthy rich.  Well, that’s not entirely true either – that Daytona costs big bucks.  But, I’d like to make a living doing something I enjoy…and I enjoy writing. 
Why do you want to be published?  Money?  Fame?  A Pulitzer?  I think, in order to write – and to write effectively, we have to honestly identify our motivation.
What drives you?  

4 comments:

  1. I write just because. Not much more to it than that.

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  2. It depends on what I am writing, I think. I'll admit, I often write in the hopes that someone somewhere will get enjoyment from my words...sadly, I've never learned to write "for myself..."

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  3. Well, King wrote "Eye of the Dragon" for his daughter, because she didn't like horror, but it was probably for himself as a father, trying to please his princess. Just my two cents, but if you can't write for yourself, it may be a tough grind. It's like doing a job you don't like or love.

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  4. I do find writing to be very satisfying...if not pleasurable

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