One of my favorite bloggers, Jeff Goins, has just released a short eBook called “The Writer’s Manifesto.” It’s a call to write for the right reasons.
A few months ago, I read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (and recently reviewed it here). In the book, which is a written version of the writing workshop she teaches, Lamott talks about how many of her students want to be published more than they want to write. Her book, and Jeff’s manifesto are both a call to write because it’s what you really want to do. Don’t write to get noticed, popular, rich, influential- write because it’s what you want to do.
And this isn’t just good advice for writing, but for any work that you love. Drawing, painting, whittling, singing, building stuff, repairing stuff- if it’s in your blood to do it, then do it just for the sake of getting to do it, not as a means to something else.