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Motivation and Discipline in the literary journey

writing5aArdain Isma

CSMS Magazine

When someone says it takes a lot to be a multitasked professional, he means just that: it takes a lot, a whole lot. Consequently, when you’re an individual who lives a professional life, trying to be a prolific writer who dwells in the consumed life of authorship feels like hiking over an overgrazed mountainside with swinging legs in a desperate hope to reach its ridgeline. I draw this conclusion from my own personal experiences.

There are 24 hours in a day, and a big chunk of it is devoted to keeping the body in shape, to working, to family obligations, and to sleeping. What is left for writing is obviously not much.

So, how does a writer with a full-scale workload still manage to serve his readership? Motivation would be the immediate answer. But motivation stems from feeling, an obsessive desire to write. Feeling comes and goes—sadly so.

Arguably, being motivated is not enough. To me, discipline is the key to maintaining relevancy in literature and, by extension, to be successful in life. Whether you’re happy or sad, you must show up for work every day. Right? This is just an example. I’ve learned to be realistic. Out of millions of writers across the world, few of them can claim financial success, big enough to live comfortably off their works. So, I’ve settled to be consistent, not prolific.

Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.

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