Monday, September 22, 2014

The Motivation to Write

Being on a diet, I’m a little obsessed with food and have been craving something extravagant, my favourite indulgence being seafood platters. I turned to hubby and said, “When I get my book published, I’m going to take us out to some fancy restaurant with the money I earn.” He said, “So you’ll be ordering a scallop then?”

Ah, yes, he understands most of us don’t write for the money. We can, of course, dream and work toward achievable goals. If money were my sole goal, then I probably would’ve stopped writing a long time ago.  

What motivates you most to write?

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The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond
Once again I’d like to thank everyone who has already sent in their submission for the book. If you haven’t already sent in anything, then your deadline is October 2nd. You can find the details here.

Important note: In the interests of copyright laws, we request you don’t use any direct quotes from other published writers unless you know without doubt it's in the public domain eg Shakespeare.

So far we’ve received a lot of submissions on writing, which is fantastic, but we’d also love to see more entries on publishing and marketing so we get a good balance for the book.

86 comments:

  1. A scallop! Tell him for that comment, he gets one oyster cracker.
    Got my copy of The Write Path. I need to reread my own entry as I don't even know what I said...

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    1. lol, he already said he'd order the lobster and pay for it himself. No meazily single scallop (or oyster cracker) for him! ;)
      I've been slowly reading through all the entries in The Write Path and am thoroughly enjoying them.

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    2. You'll pay for a trough of lobster, Lyn. xx

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    3. Ha, let's hope so, Suze. A lobster palooza would be sweet!

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  2. I still need to submit my submission. Its outlines. Just need to fill it out. This will be a fun book to read and promote once its finished.

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    1. There's still plenty of time. I'm looking forward to reading your submission.

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  3. LOL! I think I've earned enough for a modest lunch but that's about it! Glad your husband is so understanding of the realities :)

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    1. lunch is good! And yes, it is great to have a hubby who understands.

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  4. With the money I've earned over 5+ years, a scallop is out of my price range. I'm stubborn so I'll continue on for another few years, but at some point, I'll just have to accept that I'm not capable of being successful at writing. Sometimes those things happen. It won't be the end of the world by a long shot.

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    1. Honestly, I don't think it's about skill. I think it's about perseverence and hard work and a love of what you do. Throw in a bit of luck in there too.

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  5. *giggles* I love your hubby's response!

    The thing that mainly motivates me to write is knowing it's the only way the characters in my head will stop talking!

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  6. Thanks for the shout-out, Lynda!

    I think your husband should buy you a seafood platter as a reward for finishing every book. ;)

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  7. Definitely go order the whole platter as a reward. I write for the personal satisfaction. With all my life changes, I'm not even sure anymore if I'll take it beyond that.

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    1. That personal satisfaction is often enough.

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  8. I'm excited to be part of the How I Found the Write Path compilation. I confess that I wrote a writing piece for the Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing. I didn't have much to add to the publishing and marketing sections.

    Good luck on your diet!

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    1. I've actually read your piece and loved it. Wonderfully encouraging and I've been thinking about it ever since.

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  9. Your husband is funny. When will your book be finished?

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    1. Now there's a loaded question if ever I've heard one. I don't think any of my stories ever get finished in my head, even the published ones.

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  10. My husband wants a Ferrari. I tell him I'm still working on that.

    It's not the writing that pays the bills. It's all the extra things you can do as an author. Like professional speaking.

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    1. I hear that a lot--it's not the books alone that earn the authors enough to live on. I guess it's a good thing I've done public speaking in a former life.

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  11. Humm, a good scallop is hard to beat. I writing for a good computer chair.

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    1. A good computer chair is essential. My back can attest to that!

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    2. If you have a Staples near you guys, last year they ran a KILLER sale on office chairs. It was only one day but the prices were low, low, low.

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  12. And then I've leaned it takes forever to get a gutsy check!! Not counting on money as my reason to write.

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    1. Yep, not counting on the money as your reason to write is a good thing.

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  13. I'm on a lifelong diet... and I will die hungry and fat.... that should be my epitaph too

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    1. Ha, I can relate. It doesn't seem fair. Good chocolate is going to waste because I'm not eating it! Bwaaaaaa ;)

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  14. I'm on a lifelong diet too. Blah, blah, blah. But I feast on words. Heh, see what I did there. That really is what motivates me. I love language. I love creating scenes with words.

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    1. You clever thing, you.
      And yep, I'm with you. The love of language--weaving nuances that build a moment, a scene, a story--keeps me going.

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  15. I cut out wheat and grains. It's been fantastic. Dropped 54 lbs. So it worked for me!

    As far as what motivates me to write, I actually thought about that a lot recently. With the anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, I have to say that 9-11 motivated me. Life is too short to not do what you're passionate about.

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    1. wow, I'm impressed. I'll admit, I do like my bread... sigh.

      Those events, while horribly tragic, make good reminders not to waste time.

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  16. Submitted mine the first day at my bay. But yeah, we don't do it for the dough, that is for sure

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  17. I like scallops, but can't eat just one. I understand about the diet thing. Whenever I use that word, all I think about is food.

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    1. I know, right?! When I'm dieting, my food plans are a whole lot better because I'm constantly thinking about food.

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  18. Everything motivates me to write. Lately time hasn't been cooperating. Lynda, after 47 years of dieting, I finally gave it up, then I lost 10 lbs. My new motto is to eat anything my body wants when I'm hungry. Who knew it could be that simple!

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    1. Ha, yeah, I never follow a diet plan or fad. When I diet, I simply cut down my portion sizes, cut out chocolate, and stop eating out so much.

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  19. Writing for love not money is best. Your hubby is a real comedian. I plan to have my submission ready for next week.

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  20. Blogger compilations are fabulous. I've been buying them and am so pleased to be part of one.

    When I splurge, celebrate, or have a diet fail, I buy Thai food.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I love Thai food. But it soooo bad for the diet.

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  21. Thanks for the tip. I didn't know How I Found the Write Path was out.

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  22. Hi Lyn. A diet??? Urk!! That only makes you more obsessive about food. I must get my finger out and write something for the IWSG book.

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    1. It does, but my version of a diet is just cutting back (and no chocolate). At least it seems to be working so the pain is not for nothing.

      And yes you must!

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  23. Loved your husband's scallop comment. Some days I feel exactly like that.

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    1. I had a feeling others would relate... ;)

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  24. A scallop! What a guy. He must keep you in the real world all the time. :-) That seafood platter has made me crave lobster and it's only 8AM.

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    1. Yes, he does, but he does it in a wonderful way that makes me smile.

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  25. Ha! Totally get your husband's comment, though I'm not a seafood fan. Chinese or Vietnamese is what I usually crave.

    It's true, though, that money can't be our motivation.

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    1. I crave those too... If it's food, I crave it. Sigh.

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  26. My lord I love me a good seafood platter. I had seafood kabobs once and fell in love.

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  27. I never considered the possibility of ordering an individual scallop -- that sounds like a potentially useful dietary or budgetary strategy. For vegetarians like me, the equivalent would be ordering one strand of seaweed.

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    1. lol, a strand of seaweed would fill you right up! ;)

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  28. Not only is your hubby a realist, he's funny, too! I keep seeing How I Found the Write Path, I guess that means I must get a copy :)

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    1. Yes, yes! Pick up a copy! It's great reading.

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  29. Wonderful job of Carrie Butler and PK Hrezo

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  30. I did get my copy of How I found the Write Path and started to read it yesterday!!!!

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  31. Your food photo is making me hungry!! Yum. LOL--"a scallop." Just downloaded my copy of THE WRITE PATH! Thanks for mentioning it. :)

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    1. Yeah, everytime I look at it, it makes me hungry too. It's a photo of my birthday seafood platter, taken this year. Yum.

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  32. Doing it for food might make me write faster!

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    1. hahaha Food is a mighty powerful motivator!

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  33. I'm motivated to get the stories out of my head - to make room for more :)

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    1. Those stories do have a way of clamouring away in our heads.

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  34. I never could adhere to a strict diet...fall off the wagon in days only!

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    1. That's why I never follow a strict diet. Too painful. I just cut back and cut out chocolate and junk food.

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  35. That is the question...I realized that I ultimately write for myself and my wife. If I write a story that she truly enjoys then the work is a success. Anything after that is just icing on the cake.

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    1. Gotta love that icing and the sugar rush it brings, though ;)

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  36. I'm looking forward to the IWSG Anthology. I know it will be inspirational :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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    1. I've read many of the articles already, yours included, and they are all fabulous!

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  37. Hahahaha it's nice to have someone who understands. :-P

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  38. My children are usually my motivation to write...or at least to get out of the house and hide in the library to write. Our family camping trips inspire many of my short story adventures for YA audiences.

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    1. Your comment about hiding in the library made me laugh out loud.

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  39. I'm writing a book on academic writing (I know). Why? Because all the books that are available s.u.c.k. They are way too theoretical, making my students nod off in a flash.

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds brilliant. Some of those texts are truly dry.

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