There will be times we are motivated. It will fill your chest with passion, desire, and energy. For a moment, the world will freeze. All your priorities will fall to the ground as you begin running. Running towards your new desire. You’ll grab a pen, typewriter, or computer. For a moment, the story will bleed out of you.
However, it will fade. After your first few passionate pages, you’ll come across plot holes, flat characters, and no setting. You’ll notice every second character is named Greg. The need for facts, authenticity, and creativity will hinder your writing.
Motivation exists, but is temporary.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
“Go back?… No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.”
~Tolkien, The Hobbit
What do you do with this lack of motivation?
You keep writing. You will jump back and forth from loving to hating your writing. It will become tiresome, futile, and sometimes regretful. Sometimes the motivation will return. You’ll feel the glow in your stomach. However, it is a task, a job, and a goal.
In real life, no one is permanently motivated to do anything. We’re are human. We get bored, sick, and tired. Our goals can easily lose priority after a bad night of sleep. We are easily unmotivated.
However, we also have perseverance. No matter what struggles we have, we have the ability to shove our way through. We can make ourselves write even when we don’t want to. We’ll keep trying and trying until we succeed.
That’s the only way we humans could ever accomplish a task or gain a skill.
So keep writing.