A fellow writer wrote about her inspirations and motivations for writing here. At the end of her post, she posed the question:
“What motivates and inspires you and how/where do you find the time?”
I was going to respond to her comment with what motivates me, but decided that I would write about it here instead.
So, here it is, the things that motivate and inspire The Classic Quill to write:
“Your services will be disconnected if we do not receive your payment by….”
“Add $xx.xx to this amount if not paid by…”
“Mom — I need $xx.xx by xx/xx so I can go to/do ____”
“Mom — I’m HUUUNNGRY!”
“It’s going to cost HOW MUCH to fix the car?!?”
“Ooh…Staples is having a sale!”
As the list indicates, my main motivations are money, especially to have more money than I need to spend. Some months work out better than others, but being able to make money doing something I love is something in which I take great pride.
Now…onto the inspiration…
Hearing my daughter tell others what I do for a living.
Telling people what I do for a living and seeing their reaction. The reactions range from shock to curiosity to skepticism.
Writing fuels my desire to educate, inform and explain things to people.
Seeing my by-line on an article is always neat. I get especially stoked when I see it on a website or in a publication for the first time.
Having newer writers approach me and ask for advice on how to get started.
There ya go. Consider this “Why I Write — The Redeux.”
Now I am off to do something that will fulfill things on both my lists…but before I go, I’m going to pass the question along to you: What motivates/inspires you to write?