Hope you had a great weekend.
Got the internet fixed yesterday—there was some popping on the line that made connecting to the internet a real pain. It didn’t affect the two phone consultations I had last week, which was good. Weird, but good.
I’d like to talk about fall today. Last Wednesday, it was about 80 degrees here in the Midwest.
Nice, right? I know.
Just one day later (Thursday), it was about 60 degrees.
I was wearing pants on Thursday. PANTS. And not because I thought it was nice…but because I was cold. I didn’t expect any of this “pants” stuff for at least another month, and I DID expect to hang on to shorts weather a tad longer.
We’re more than 10 degrees BELOW where we should be this time of year.
But the seasons and weather are a part of life. Sometimes life can feel cold too. You get stuck on a plot, get a rejection, a client says they don’t like your edits, and on and on.
There could be some days when you feel like giving up—I’d be a liar if I said I never did. Some days I have my doubts whether throwing pixels up on a screen, or ink on paper (yes I write longhand still sometimes), is really worth the time and my effort.
Then I remember a few things.
Writing’s most cherished question (especially for fiction writers) is…
It’s one of the best internal juice-starters I know for a brain. Character, setting, plot, pick one. Or pick a prospect, a market, or medium and start writing about their potential problems, or what-have-ya.
As far as motivation goes, there’s a more important question…
As in “Why are you doing this?”
Why am I doing this? After I got hired on to edit a book, I decided to drop my post-per-week count here at Fiction and Copy Decoded from five to three (without forgetting Triple F on Friday, of course).
Did I want to post yesterday? No. So I didn’t. I gave in to my attack of the lazies.
Is it funny? No. Endearing? I think not.
But is it real? Yes it is.
But back to the question, “Why are you doing this?”
Why do you write? The reason will vary from person to person—some folks are retired and write for the love of it, or there are others I know, like my cousin, who has a journalism degree and writes because she likes it.
Do you want to make millions? That’s a great long-term goal, but is that your only reason for writing?
Or do you write because you enjoy what you’re doing?
Because thoughts bug you at night if you don’t take care of them?
Because you want to make the world a better place, by entertaining people and helping them find solutions to their problems?
That’s why I write.
And hang out in writers’ forums.
And market my skills.
I’m not saying money is just some incidental thing, like a car wreck on the highway, either.
I’ve heard it said lots of different ways, but the power to write persuasively, clearly, and entertainingly is the biggest, brightest super-power on planet Earth. Sorry about the worthless adjectives, but really–almost nothing is sold without having words involved, and lots of entertainment—online videos, scripts, movies, games, is all writing—unless you’re doing your favorite magic tricks on Youtube—and even then, a script is useful.
Heck, even business plans and projections for things like downloadable widgets for smartphones involve writing.
There are a lot of people who don’t have a clue about your writerly power, and so they don’t/won’t pay writers well as a result of their, well, uninformedness on the subject. It’s sad, really. Maybe we should make a point to spread the word about the super-power of words…
Before we close out for today, I have to know…
How’s the weather over by you? Is it unseasonably warm or cool? Drop me a line in the comments—even if you’re in Australia and you’re close to spring right now.
And if you’ve ever had a moment or moments you thought you’d give up writing, you can drop a comment about that too.
Whatever happens (need to tell myself this more), we don’t have yesterday anymore, and we don’t have tomorrow yet.
Make it count today, and have a great day.
Until next time,