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?