Finding motivation for artistic creativity when you're not paying your bills with it is pretty challenging. You have to find the time for your art, stay motivated to continue even when there's no promise that anyone will ever be interested, and finish whatever your project is. In the case of writers, that probably means extended rewrites, plus finding an agent and publisher and readership. Ugh, why do we do it! That's why there's a term called "writer's block."
Twitter user @_Urak_Hai_ was struggling with these existential dilemmas when they decided to scream into the void that is Twitter about their lack of motivation.
They also tagged J.K. Rowling:
That's when @_Urak_Hai_ received the greatest motivator anyone could ask for: Rowling actually responded.
"Don't write me. Write like you. Nobody else can do that. Finish that book x," Rowling tweeted, absolutely turning @_Urak_Hai_'s world upside-down.
Oh god, thanks for your answer ! You are the best person of the World 😘— Roi-Sorcier d'Angmar (@_Uruk_Hai_) November 12, 2017
In fact, because of Rowling's attention, @_Urak_Hai_ spent the day fielding responses from people telling them to get that book done:
They also offered their own advice, since writer's block isn't a new problem. It has a name, remember?
Ms. Rowling is the only person who can tell her stories...Mr. King is the only person who can tell his stories...I'm the only person who can tell my stories...and YOU are the only person, in all the world, who can tell YOUR STORIES.— Keith Tiberius (@keith_tiberius) November 12, 2017
Now, tell us your story...
Put it aside. Then revisit your characters. I find my characters take on a life of their own, and I must follow their lead. It can be frustrating, because they go against you, but allow them to grow. Your end will come.— Tamatha Hartley 💥 (@mysticros8) November 12, 2017
I'm a 12 year old writer but I can give you some advice. Keep your imagination open. Your story will come out eventually. Don't let anyone tell you you can't finish it! Good luck!— Elizabeth Mitchell (@Beth_Mitchell04) November 13, 2017
The first 50 pages have always been the hardest for me. It's hard, but perseverance is the key!— DarkestKnight75 (@DarkestKnight75) November 12, 2017
Just keep at it! I'm sure that with enough experimentation, you can craft your own unique writing style too.
But this is the best argument for @_Urak_Hai_ finishing their book:
If J.K. Rowling tells you to write, you write.