Mo-ti-va-tion (noun): a feeling of enthusiasm, interest, or commitment that makes somebody want to do something.

At some point, every published author was unpublished. Most of us are inspired by something or someone to write the book of our hearts. At some point, we all sit our butts in the chair and write. Why? What drives us, truly motivates us, to work alone for hours upon hours and write?

My motivation began over two decades ago when I decided I wanted to show my kids that they could do anything they set their mind to. When I didn’t sell right away, I decided to prove that determination and perseverance would win in the end. A few years later, I became discouraged. I stopped writing for a few months, but the stories wouldn’t stop coming. And that’s when I realized that I couldn’t stop writing even if I wanted to. This realization was freeing. I no longer felt the need to prove anything to anyone. Suddenly, all of the self-appointed pressure I had put on myself disappeared. I was writing because I loved to write. What a concept. That’s when I found the joy again.

Before I self published in 2011, I was more determined and focused than ever before. I had been writing and submitting, writing and submitting. That’s all I could do. I knew I would sell eventually because I knew I wasn’t going to give up. I stopped looking ahead and I began to enjoy the journey. I would love for every story to be a bestseller, but I don’t worry about that. I just keep writing the kind of stories I want to read because I never want to lose the enthusiasm.

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