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." It isn't easy out there. Revision after revision can start to pile up leading to many writers into giving up or relying on secondary income to get by. It's tough and almost all fledgling writers go through it at the early onsets of their careers. Even J.K. Rowling struggled early on and routinely tells the story of how Harry Potter basically started on a napkin. Pretty deep stuff.
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 who is known for her gentle words and advice.:
That's when @_Urak_Hai_ received the greatest motivator anyone could ask for: Rowling actually responded and her response was awesome:
"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. She'll never forget getting this bit of advice.
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?
But this is the best argument for @_Urak_Hai_ finishing their book:
If J.K. Rowling tells you to write, you write.
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