Motivation p. 1Writers are not a homogenous bunch, and that makes sweeping generalities difficult and, frankly, pointless. Some of us are plotters; some of us are seat-of-the-pantsers. Some of us agonize over every word; some of us gleefully slap something together and take the bulldozer to it later. There's really only one thing we have in common: we write.More Like This
All right, I lied. There's another thing we have in common: we all know how hard writing is.
Seriously. If you say writing is easy, you are either lying or you haven't done it enough. If, like me, you write daily (or at least make that your goal), you realize that your efforts fall into two camps: good days and bad days. Good days are a dream. The words flow from your pen. You complete your goal for the day faster than you ever dreamed. When you close your document/notebook/arcane tome, you know the words you have just written will make your reader's heart stop with awe. And then start it again so they can keep reading.
As for bad days
Motivated to Fly Part 1The desire to fly. For centuries humanity has gazed at birds and longed to fly by their side and share the sky. People would wonder what the clouds felt like to touch, what the wind and air felt like at such an altitude and what the planet would look like. Two men would come into this world to fulfill that desire.More Like This
The Wright brothers, born in the 19th century, they are credited with making the first successful airplane. Ever since their father brought home a French toy, called a helicopter, the boys were fascinated with flight. Neither of them actually graduated high school. Wilbur, the elder brother, would have gotten to college on a sports scholarship if not for an accident resulting in the loss of his two front teeth and causing a withdrawal from sports and activities. If such an accident hadnt happened, they may never have invented the first air plane.
The brothers looked into flight as more than developing a stronger, more powerful engine. They focused
Depressive SAT Practice Essay"Conscience" is a veritably idealist hope for the betterment of humanity's efforts and ascension against periods of tribulation. Power and wealth, however, are undeniably potent motivators that operate on a universal scale, unlike the minor affinity towards "conscience" held by a select minority. Corporate globalization is living evidence of this very fact, and on a more personal scale, even the pursuit of professions in docile arenas such as the medical field is driven primarily by monetary ambition.More Like This
Throughout the 20th century and continuing into the 21st century of today, businesses worldwide have evolved and blossomed into the controlling corporations of today. Those that head these corporations seek only to bolster sales and the acquisition of power, stifling and drowning their sense of "conscience" in the process. Major clothing chains such as Gap outsource their production to countries where equally power and money-hungry governmental
So, you want to write: a motivational essay"The easiest thing on earth to do is not write."More Like This
So, you want to write. That's good! Actually, for most people, that's the first step towards actually writing, so you're making good progress so far! You might feel held back by some things, but that's what this is all about. Never written before? You can still write. What you write sucks? You can still write. Can't think of anything to write? You can still write!
Part The First:
The Terrible Twos, In which writers are compared, in simile, to infants
I was born and raised in America, and we as a people are very insular, so I don't know how relevant this is to people in other parts of the world, but around these parts, there is a certain period of a baby's developmental cycle we refer to as the "Terrible Twos". The Terrible Twos will occur at different points in time, depending on the baby, but will generally start around the time when the baby is two years old.
On Artistic Motivation - Part 1There are some points stated regarding the motivation for art creation that are very often repeated and, since they originate in some considerably influential artists and are usually illustrated with pretty, witty pictures, colorful metaphors and authoritative language, are frequently taken as fact by many people. I am writing this text because these points do not sit well with me at all, and I wish to give you my own, kind-of-alternative view on the nature of artistic motivation.More Like This
What Bothers Me
The issue is the definition of a "correct" motivation for art creation, one that consists in the obtainment of self-satisfaction from the very act of creating art, or from the appreciation of its concrete results (the artwork). This approach favors considering the "artist-artwork" pair as an isolated, self-feeding loop: the artist creates the artwork, obtains immediate satisfaction from it (whether from the act or the result, is indifferent), and that motivates them to create
Motivation: PsychologicalFirst of all, you are probably thinking about writing the wrong way. Writing, ultimately, is not about getting published. It is not about writing "the next big thing." It is not about making money. Writing is about writing, and don't look at me like that because you know exactly what I mean.More Like This
You write because you love that sweet spot. You love scrolling back up through your document or flipping through pages of your handwriting. You love getting down that scene that's been in your head since you came up with the story. You love that point where your brain turns off and the world narrows to the stream of words in your head, when you no longer see words but straight into your world.
That, dear friends, is what writing is all about. Everything else? Gravy.
(P.S. If you are worried about making a living at writing stop it. You will most likely never make a living at fiction writing. Jobs are for "making" a living. Writing is living, pure and simple. I get tangled