For writers the 3D’s are of paramount importance.
Dedication. We must approach our writing like a devotee approaches God. Writing is ofcourse our religion. Something we wholeheartedly believe in. It defines us and becomes our identity. Its when our dedication slips, due to another D: distraction, that what we usually enjoy becomes a chore, a burden.
I have several times been undedicated, due to the other D (distraction) taking precedence. During those times I have written my worst stuff. To keep the dedication level high we have to constantly visualize our goal: the completed manuscript. Maybe if our visualization is strong, we can even envision people holding our books and reading them.
Determination. This trait singlehandedly ensures that we reach the finish line holding a complete manuscript: edited and polished. Many times I have seen several writers give up halfway because they were not determined enough. This is one of the biggest tragedies of a writer’s life.
I have several manuscripts in various stages of completion lying in my drawer. I was not determined enough to see them through to the final stage. With the slackening of determination, our enthusiasm wanes and we see a drop in our creativity. To keep determination high we have to self motivate ourselves that we owe it, not just to ourselves, but to everyone around us to complete the stories that our muses have been generous with. We owe it to everyone: our family, friends, fellow writers and readers to tell the stories in the best possible way. When we take on the mantle of a writer, it becomes our duty to live upto that name.
Devotion. This trait that we are writing because God wants us to, actually we are just taking down dictation from a higher source, sees us re-infused with a fresh bout of enthusiasm. If we approach writing with an attitude of doing a prayer, our entire being will conspire to aid us in finishing it. Valuable pockets of time will suddenly be available to us, our muse will be at our beck and call. We will also be blessed with those moments of insights that will clear troublesome plot hurdles as God ensures his devotees somehow manage to finish the work he has entrusted them with. We should treat our writing as though its a flower we are offering God.
What about you all my wonderful writing friends? Have you at any time felt a decrease in any of the D’s. How do you cope with waning enthusiasm? How do you approach your writing? What keeps you motivated day in and day out. Please share as we all can learn from each other.