What is my mission as a writer? What motivates me to write and publish fiction novels?
I am driven by the ideas swirling around in my head 24/7. Like an itch that needs to be scratched, I must write these ideas out and allow them to grow, or I will fall into a state of depression and anxiety. Do I think I am a good writer? Eh, maybe someday I will be. But I am not motivated by a desire to prove myself to others somehow. I am not aiming to show everyone I can write. I am, however, motivated by the reality that I have potential, and that if I don’t write consistently, I will never fully realize it.
Plus, I enjoy it. I enjoy the process. I enjoy thinking of new ideas and expanding them into new worlds. As a highly creative person, this is my niche. I don’t belong in any other field. Career-wise, this is where I will find the most meaning and satisfaction. Sure, it’s going to be a lot of work. All I have been able to think about for months is how I can turn writing into a career so that I control my own schedule and plan my own future. Aside from my capacity for creativity, other facets of my personality make it difficult for me to conform and submit. I loathe being told what to do. I am good at following instructions, working quickly, and so forth, but I hate it. In the same way I like to be in control of the fictional narratives I create, I want to be in control of my own life. I want to set my own deadlines and work at my own pace.
Why dare to dream? I have no money and no reason to think that I will be successful in this endeavor. I haven’t been marketing my books since Liquid Death’s release in January 2016 (not forcefully enough, anyway), and I have no friends or connections in the writing world that might give me a boost. I am stuck in a dark hole throwing a rope toward the sky in hopes of lassoing some imaginary hook and pulling myself to safety.
I have done my fair share of research. I know much of a writer’s success depends on initial investments. I also know that starting a blog is useful, which is why I am here. What gives me hope, then? Well, I now have two books published and another on the way (Oct. 12). I have something to work with. I also have many more books planned for the future. So I’ve got the writing part down. I know you should keep cranking out material if you want to reach more readers, especially if you are starting with nothing. I have no problem doing that. Another reason I have hope is because I will not allow myself to fail. I am willing to put in the work and do whatever it takes to move upward, even if it means digging a tunnel by hand until I breach the surface.
But what is my mission exactly? What am I hoping to contribute to the world?
- More sources of entertainment/means of escape from our terrible reality
- A message of hope (that’s what The Edinön Trilogy is all about!)
- More heroes to look up to (sometimes the best heroes are fictional) 😉
- One day I am going to publish someone’s favorite novel, and that’s going to be epic.
Additionally, I am hoping to improve myself. By improving myself, perhaps I’ll improve the world in some small way, especially when I have the opportunity to raise children.
The takeaway for those reading this post is that you should follow your dreams!
Just kidding. Following your dreams is useless. Make a plan. Pursue a meaningful goal that will benefit you, your future self, and your family, and steer you away from nihilism. That should be your mission in life, generally.
The real takeaway here is this: If you are good at something, never do it for free.
✧･ﾟ:*✧ Thank you for coming to my TED talk. ✧･ﾟ:*✧
What is your mission in life? What motivates you? What are you hoping to accomplish? Comment below! 👇