What motivates you?

This isn’t a rhetorical question to simply lure you into reading some more of my musings; but a genuine call out for used and working tips.

It’s been months since I wrote anything fresh. Months since I submitted my work to an editor and probably months since they said they still hadn’t gotten round to it yet. I don’t fault them: it’s a busy and intense industry, it’s just like all writers, I take things quite deeply into my very self. I question my abilities; the worth of my work; my motivation; my staying power. And I’ve been found wanting. I’ve avoided my writing laptop (I’m on an iPad) to hide the naked disappointment and embarrassment I feel. I felt I was on the tipping edge of some brilliant news and now I am treading water, trying to muster the courage to send the work back out there.

So, here’s where I need your help. What do you do to get that insatiable desire to write back? I know it’s still in me somewhere; I’ve just buried pretty deep. But here we are in October, the month of the dead and things that won’t stay dead. There’s a rising and the feeling I need to get back to my work.

I just truly don’t know how.

I go to trees when I feel rootless.

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