What is your Motivation for Writing?
A million doubts ran through my head: its too long (500 pages at least)! Its got too many POV characters (six!)! I have to research the five years of the Civil War in detail! Its plot is much more complicated than anything I’ve ever done before!
I told myself, its not too unlike creating a video game. What would I say to someone who had little to no experience making games and they came up and told me they wanted to make the next Call of Duty? I’d just pat them on the head and try not to laugh. It just isn’t done.
After feeling a little sorry for myself, I took a deep breath and asked myself—why are you writing this story in the first place? Really?
The God’s honest truth: its because I love it. I’m having a blast. Despite the occasional valleys, most of the time I am on a peak. My motivation isn’t money. It isn’t fame. I have no intention of being the next George R. R. Martin. For me, the adventure is in the writing itself. I just like to do it. So, I’m now going to go back to this impossibly huge story where I am way over my head and continue to enjoy myself.
How about you? What’s your motivation for writing? Ever get down in the dumps and feel like you just can’t do it?
This week’s story sample from the Gideon Plan: Fort McHenry.
Here’ a little punk for your steam. The Gideon team infiltrates Fort McHenry to rescue some members of a blockade runner. This is the first chapter in the book that really features the story’s tech side. You’ll see this is not your ordinary gears and goggles type of steampunk. I think it has more of a realistic feel to it, personally. Thoughts are welcome.