It's funny the things that motivate people. I get asked at writer's conferences a lot of the time what motivates me to write everyday on top of the day job, the family, etc. The answer to that is pretty simple. The first is that I LOVE to write. I love to create stories and characters. My problem is I have so many ideas that my issue is focus! I want to write everything at once and get it out of me and into the world. Patience is not one of my better virtues. It's a lesson I have to really accept.
The other thing that motivates me are my family. I want to be able to help provide for my family and do so while doing what I love to do. To me that is the ultimate. Speaking of ultimate--readers are the ultimate motivation. When a reader e-mails me that they love the book or a particular character, it makes my day like nothing else. Finding great talent is another huge motivating factor. Over the weekend at The Southern California Writer's Conference here in San Diego (which I highly suggest for anyone wanting to write a book, or for those already writing one), I met a young woman who had written a very good story. I turned her over to a publisher who I thought would be a good fit for what she was writing. They connected and now my fingers are crossed for this lady. I love that. The writer was so amazed that someone would do that for her, which blew me away because I have found the writing community is super supportive of each other. We want each other to succeed. There are enough readers in the world for us to all make it at this game.