Last week, I wrote about the call of the writer. Today, I want to focus on the difference between motivation and passion.
Merriam-Webster defines motivation as “a motivating force, stimulus, or influence.” It also refers to incentive and drive. All writers, by necessity, are driven to write. We wouldn’t create fantastical worlds or complex premises without drive. But in our day-to-day writing, how do we maintain motivation?
Some of us have book contracts (that wouldn’t include me---yet), others have word count goals or critique groups that keep them writing. Certainly deadlines can be a primary motivating factor.
Is motivation enough? Or do we need a good dose of passion to keep us firing on all cylinders on our way to completing a WIP. It could be argued that without passion for your book or topic, motivation could wane or at least ebb and flow.
Personally speaking, I require a heavy dose of both to be successful. Without the passion for my story, to know my characters intimately and lead them through an adventure, no amount of motivation would be sufficient.
On the other hand, it’s very important to me to reach daily word count goals. To other writers, that’s not a big deal. I find it helps keep me on task and even if the words are pathetic garbage, I will have written SOMETHING. For someone without an agent or contract, trying to hone my craft and just get the words down, this is vital.
Where do you stand? Is motivation alone enough for you? Or is passion what drives you to see your projects to completion?