I won’t lie to you…writing is hard.
Writing can make you question your sanity, any talent and your grasp of any language!
However, I implore you to remember why you do what you do, and how well you do it. This is what I call, ‘The Why’.
Among all the noise, distractions and deterrents on the planet, only you know why it is you do what you do. Only you know why you write. Remember that, above all else, no matter how great or small the project, remember The Why. Moreover, remember your why.
The Why is powered by a great many things, from a great many resources. Remember what it is that has pushed to you to create. What drives you to language? What inspires you? What have you started which you are consumed or driven to finish?
Only you can determine this.
Nikki Giovanni says you know you’re a writer because you keep writing. Toni Morrison said the reason she wrote, and finished, The Bluest Eye was because she wanted to read it. Ernest Hemingway said to write is pretty easy: just sit at a typewriter and bleed.
If you have not found The Why or Your Why, don’t fret. You have time. This concept is two-fold:
- This is the overall motivation for any writer. This is the drive, the force, the fuel that allow us to create, and conquer realms of creativity. This is the force which compels you to declare you are a writer.
- This is or can be any specific motivation for a project or story. This can have varying degrees and depth. This may be the motivation to finish a work, a poem or a even a novel.
The Why or Your Why are portions of your tool kits also! Don’t be afraid to examine them. Don’t be afraid to examine the motivation of why it is you do what you do as you do.
Be confident. The first reader of every work is you–The Why can only, will only help you achieve and do better.
Jennifer P. Harris
Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services
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