I’ve been spending a lot of time with Bob Mayer’s “Write ItForward: From Writer To Successful Author”. This is unlike any how-to book on writing, and I recommend it for anyone pursuing the craft. Brutally and beautifully blunt, straightforward, with practical advice from a man who cut his teeth in special forces, this book spends a great deal of time drilling down to core of why we write; discovering our true motivations for writing so we can chase our goals down.
|One of the best books on writing I've ever read.|
Reading this book (I’m about halfway through it) forced me to do a lot of self-examination that eventually helped me become better at what I do (I hope). The key question is; what drives you?
I challenge you to dig deeper. Yes, you’d like to make money with your writing. Yes, you’d like to make a bestseller list. But what’s beneath all of that? What is really at the core of your motivation?
For me, the answer was simple.
I love my phone. It’s relatively new, as new as most technology can be these days. I wake up and have instant access to my email, news, and most important messages without ever having touched the thing. Yet, once a day, I would gladly trade all the coffee in the world for five minutes with Mjolnir so I could bash the thing into a fine crystal powder.
|"The Samsung Galaxy Fine Crystal Powder" just doesn't have a good ring to it.|
That time is right around 0430; when my alarm sounds, jerking me from whatever world my subconscious has taken me too and forcing me back to this one.
With every fiber of my being, I cannot stand alarm clocks. I loathe them so much that I often wake up a few moments beforehand just so I can preempt it. More than virtually anything in the world, including brake-tappers and decaf coffee, I cannot abide alarm clocks.
This is the core of my motivation, and once I realized this, I became a lot more productive.
I believe that if I continue to work and produce content that people enjoy, I will arrive at a day where I can unset my alarm—and never set it again.
I am working as hard as I can for that day.
If you don’t know why you’re doing what you do, you may find yourself flailing in the dark.
But once you have a target, you can hit it.
Thanks for reading.
Avery K. Tingle is a brand-new writing coach and author of multiple short stories across varying genres. Epic fantasy Era of the Scourge Book 1: The Ring of Asarra was named a recommended read by Amazon. Scifi/Romance The Anniversary was just released in paperback. You can also read urban drama The Price of Justice for free.
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