Do we validate our existence by the footprints we leave or by the feeling of the earth under our feet? Is our presence proven by seeing others or by the others seeing us?
Are we here to provide for others or to provide for our selves? Such is the nature of writing. Writing is very often a form of therapy for some people. For others, it is a source of emptying our imagination onto the page. Some people have a desire to write for themselves, others have an all-encompassing desire for others to read their works.
Motivation to write is something (I have read and learned myself) that every writer struggles with at times. Motivation is fueled by desire, the source of the desire is left to every individual writer.
Finding the blinding source of your personal desire is often the biggest challenge. I don’t mean the superficial desire. Those desire change through time. Those desires are things like deadlines, 2nd, 3rd, endless draft rewrites, editor revisions, a clamoring public (not for me but maybe one day), rabid fans, etc. Those superficial desires are not the core of why an author began writing in the beginning.
To find motivation, any author must go back to the first time they decided to scribe the workings of their brain onto paper. Those are the true desires. The child-like reason a writer began writing in the first place. Writing is challenging and time-consuming. Many times other aspects of life get pushed to the back burner just to finish what you are working and struggling through. These complications make stay motivated to continue near impossible at times.
During those trying times. Go back to the early days of why you started. It may be so far in the past you have forgotten. If you have, renew those memories and your motivation will easily be recharged and you may continue forth on your individual writing journey.
Kudos to all who never quit.