Anne is a writer and teacher with a passion for self-expression and publishing.
The Struggles of a Writer
Finding Motivation In The Struggle
For years, I have struggled with finding the motivation and determination to be a self-employed, self-published writer. It is something that I am still struggling with to this day. I find that on many occasions, I will go through periods where I am extremely active and creative, while other times, I am completely unmotivated and out of ideas. Sometimes I just feel stuck where I am, with the job that I have, and it feels like there is no way for me to find and achieve the success that I've always wanted. In my mind and in my heart, I know I will be a happier person if I can make this life for myself, but I struggle on a daily basis. I know for a fact, too, that many of you are facing this struggle every single day.
The Way In
When I found Hubpages, I got excited, thinking, this might be my way in to becoming a self-employed writer. I am still hopeful, and still writing, although I know the rates of success on this site for paying out that kind of money are very unlikely. At the same time, I feel that it would be my dream to sit here and write articles, stories, poetry, and books for a living. I would be finally happy with where I am. I started thinking to myself, since when is a job supposed to be something stressful and something you don't like doing? I don't want to say hate, because I don't hate my current job, but I feel that my real duty lies in getting my words out there for the public to read, to make an impact in someone's life through the written word. I am trying my hardest here on Hubpages to make that dream a reality, but oftentimes, that dream and that success seem so far away from me. I wonder if anyone else on here is trying Hubpages as their way in, their way to success through self-employment. Quite honestly I'd love to hear from any of you, about your stories, how you found, or did not find, success on this website or other avenues of self-publishing that you have tried. If you are still with me now, please don't forget to comment at the end of the article and tell me about your experiences, as I'd love to read about them.
Time always seems to be a factor with me. With my current full time job, it seems impossible for me to dedicate the time that I want to to writing my articles. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with everything, or I feel I don't have enough time to complete what I want. Whatever the case may be, I know that I have a gift that I want to share with the world, and that is my true passion in life. When I want to get myself out of these funks, and stay motivated, all I have to do is sit here and type and talk about all of the dreams that I have. I imagine the life I have always wanted, sitting in a coffee shop, writing my heart out, giving more people like me a voice in this crazy world of self-publishing mania. There are so many people out there now that have turned to self-publishing, but you really have to be motivated to get the job done, and to live your dreams. I want that so much, and me sitting here typing and talking about it mindlessly is not going to get me there any sooner. What I need, is a spark, and idea, something unique and creative that will get me through to where I want to be. If I had the time and money to sit down and plot that all out, I'd do it. But I don't, time wastes away and I am still sitting here hoping and wishing.
You Are Not Alone
I guess what I really wanted to say, I mean, what the real point of this article is, is that you are not alone. If you are a writer and you feel the same way as me, then you know the struggle. You know how real it is to want something so badly, but feel like you are never going to achieve that dream. It can be very disheartening. In the society we live in today, I wish there was more focus put on finding something to do that you love. A lot of people say "a job is a job". For me, I want my job to be something I enjoy doing every day. Something I wake up in the morning for and am excited to start. At a certain point in my life, I did feel that about my current job, but now, more than ever, I feel like it is my time to move on, and make my mark in this world as a writer. If your story is anything like mine, you know what this is like. So I say to you, keep writing, never lose hope, and remember, I am with you all the way!
Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on February 05, 2020:
Thanks for reading!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 05, 2020:
A wonderful article. I hope many read it and know they are not alone. I kind of feel a special bond for anyone in this spot - probably most writers from time to time.
Interesting that you and Bill wrote of much the same subject today. A friend/customer of mine told me that "all you writers are bi-polar". I get the point.