Many people can write books. Many of those people also want to write books. The problem that most of these people face is that they don’t enjoy writing books, nor do they know how to enjoy that act of writing.
Because there is knowledge involved in the act of writing and the desire to write, I am writing this article about how to really enjoy the act of writing.
I think there is some excellent advice from Alice Walker, that I believe frames the problem quite aptly.
She says, “Writing really helps you heal yourself. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.”
So you need to write only what you need to, in order to provide yourself a natural source of love. This will provide healing, which will motivate you to want to write that book, and enjoy doing it at the same time.
Another really timeless piece of advice comes from Robert Frost. He says, “To learn to write is to learn to have ideas.” This means that you form your own ideas by writing, and doing so will give you love of the action of your own mind. You will connect with your source in so doing, and deeply find that source enriching, fulfilling, and satisfaction from that connection will drive you to write more of your own ideas.
What motivates me to write is that I know that writing is a mission in the world. It is an act imbued with political action. It is the act of giving someone else personal power. It is empowering in that sense because people need empowerment from a source of knowledge that can satisfy their political purposes.
I do not mean that this is the same as using a covert agenda to drive one’s writing, but that is a possibility. What I mean is the act of communication is political and is a mission on earth, regardless of what one perceives or mis-perceives to be someone’s covert agenda.
The mission is to provide information and receive information, a two way transaction, one the writer, the other the reader. This act forms a basis for self-government, an ideal that fosters involvement and participation in the political process.
Because we are political animals, this act is part of our instinct for self-preservation, and so much more. There is that motivation that comes from knowing one’s power and place in the world as a writer and a reader, and being able to elect oneself a representative of one’s higher perceptions of language. Giving these to the world is an act of mutual support, as it gives and it gives back.