Thursday, July 31, 2008

What motivates you the most?

Writers are notorious for having "off again, on again" motivation. And I'm no exception. Often, I have to struggle to put a sentence together, but when it's for a client, it must be done. Period.

So I have to find motivation to put my fingers on the keyboard. Unfortunately, depending upon the hour of the day, what motivates me varies tremendously.

Currently, my top ten writing motivators are:

1. The challenge of completing a project.
2. Getting to meet new people and hear their stories.
3. Working with clients from around the world.
4. Deadlines. Always deadlines.
5. Treats. Gummie bears work nicely.
6. More treats. Salty snacks. Mmmm...
7. Getting a new clip for Ye Olde Portfolio.
8. The feeling of moving forward; stagnancy worries me.
9. The joy of doing something I greatly enjoy.
10. Financial gains. (Yep, I'm a capitalist. Hey, bills have to be paid.)

What are your motivators? Be honest now...!


SzélsőFa said...

In order of importance:

Getting praise for a job well done in due time.
Having a job done, the feeling of completeness.
Getting heard.
Moving forward.

SzélsőFa said...

The above list applies to jobs I do as a translator.
To writing....
The list would be somehow along the following:

Make myself understood for my very own self.
Getting rid of a feeling that annoys me the most.
Toying with ways of expressions.
Moving forward.
Earning praise.

(money does NOT come into the picture here at all - I can't and I don't sell what I write)

Barbara Martin said...

Being told by an ex-journalist that to get published for one's writing, that person has to be really HUNGRY. And then being pushed by ex-journalist to get going and just DO IT!

Mary Witzl said...

2, 3, and 9 are big for me. How I wish I could say that 10 was not a concern, but it is, it is.

Valencia Higuera said...

This may be a little odd, but it works. Whenever I'm moving slow and feel unmotivated, I throw in a little self-punishment. Let's say I want a cup of coffee or a snack. Rather than grab something, I'll make myself wait until I've completed a certain amount of work. If I don't complete the work within a given time period, I don't get the treat. :-)

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