When we first start our books, it’s magic. We’re captivated by the stories playing in our heads, by the characters, by (let’s be honest) everything that spills across the pages. But as time goes on, we grow tired. Distracted. New stories torment us from a distance, and all we want to do is step back from our current WIP and move on to something new.
Sometimes it feels impossible to just finish that book.
I asked the writing community what inspires them to keep writing. They responded that their motivation is. . . .
The same biological desire that keeps me breathing: Without writing, I’d suffocate. –Matt Perez
The love for the story I’m telling, but also my readers. Sometimes I do need to take a brief break, and usually start drafting or primping another upcoming book. But I always find my way back. 🙂 –Alexa Nichols
I tell myself, “You’ll hate yourself if you don’t.” And I’m usually right, haha. I keep all unfinished drafts on my computer and mark them “incomplete” as a reminder that I gave up or haven’t finished. It’s like a “you do this to yourself” mantra. –A. E. Escence
My affection for my characters. I feel they deserve for me to complete their stories. I feel like leaving a story incomplete leaves them frozen in time. I want them to thrive. –Nicole
Tying everything together. Plot reveal. Killing characters. Lol. –Anthony Thomas
The desire to finish something I started. The need to follow these characters to the end of their journey. It sounds silly, but I can’t leave their story untold. –Avery Ames
Hope. Hope that I will be published and grow my
#writing into a career I can appreciate and enjoy. –H. W. Johnston
The story needs to be told! AAAAARRRHHHH! *straightens shirt and clears throat* So, er, yeah that’s, er, that’s my motivation. –Lexi Rae Dean
I’m in love with my characters. –London Clarke
The satisfaction of knowing I accomplished something that other people can’t do. –Sarah Colley
As crazy as it sounds, I’m trying to get my characters to SHUT UP. That won’t happen until their story has been told, so I keep telling it. –Lillian Blaire
What is your motivation for finishing your book? Share in the comments!