Last week I read a post by BlogLily entitled On Not Writing. BlogLily describes some of the challenges that all writers face in putting one word in front of the other to compose our thoughts into meaningful, complete sentences (or stanzas, depending upon your medium of choice).
What I really appreciate about BlogLily’s post is the description of her relationship with her writing. Her discussion got me thinking about all the different things that motivate us writers to do what we do. Granted it’s an assumption, but I’m going to extend the possibility that most of us don’t just want to write – we want to write WELL. Writing well is not just a matter of will – it’s a matter of practice, patience, and persistence, among other things.
In the absence of affirmation, meaningful feedback, noticeable improvement, or consistent confidence, what is it that keeps us all writing? When you get stuck with your work, what is it that brings you back? A deadline? A goal? An intangible force? Something else?
We’ve heard from BlogLily, now let’s hear from you.