The other day I watched a video that turned around my thinking and explained things to me that made sense. In fact, it made sense of several questions I've been asking myself lately:
(1) Why on earth do I devote most of my free time to writing novels?
(2) Why have I decided to self-publish my novella?
(3) Why cannot I seem to motivate myself for a huge project I'm supposed to be working on for a friend who who is paying me a significant amount of money?
The answers were in this video, and things suddenly became clear.
Victoria Mixon shared the video, which she found on another blogger's site where the video was related to blogging. Victoria related the video to writing, and I agree with her 100%. I don't participate on this blog or write my novels for money.
The video is 10 minutes long, so I don't blame you for not watching it. But, seriously, TEN minutes isn't that long, and you might learn something. I'm glad I took the time to watch it. This has changed my view on a lot of things.
The gist of the video? How money motivates us, and more importantly, how it doesn't. If you've ever once considered publishing for either money or fame, think again. I can imagine this is why many authors' work slacks off once they've published one or two great works.
I can imagine this is why I freak out about traditional publishing and look at it as a full-time job, which I'm not interested in pulling off at this point in my life. I know self-publishing can be just as much work, if not more, but not when you keep it on a small scale and not when you're not in it for the money or fame or to get your book to thousands of people/a huge audience.
I can imagine this is why I keep procrastinating the project I'm supposed to be doing, which consequently, requires insane amounts of creativity from me, and I'm simply not coming up with anything good. Or anything at all.
I can imagine that this is why I must know the motivations behind what I create. That, right there, shapes the future of my projects. Do you know the real motivations behind what you create?