Friday, May 15, 2009

Understand Your Motives

Ah, motive! It can be a dirty little secret, or it can be as plain as the sun in the sky. Yet even that is unpredictable! Then of course, there are reasons for doing something, most of the time reaching far beyond what is seen on the surface.

Why do writers compose their words, and where do they get their inspiration? I suppose it comes from a lot of different places. I sense they see a need sometimes, and simply wish to fulfill it. Other times, they have a story that must be told, and the only way they know how is through the written word.

Writers enjoy learning, but more than that, they love sharing what they’ve learned. Some do it for the money, but that is such a hit and miss game, it seems difficult to believe it could be the reason they started. Then there are those who have a bone to pick. They write to wreak havoc in the lives of others. It is fair to say that many motives can be involved when making any decision.

My next tip is to determine your motives, and preferably keep them pure. Sure, you might get paid more up front for giving the down and dirty scoop, but in the long run, your reputation will precede you! When you write and speak, “No idle word should be uttered. I understand a word to be idle when it serves no good purpose, either for myself or for another, and was not intended to do so,” Ignatius Loyola.