Motivation comes in all sorts of forms.
Perhaps you admire a trait in someone close to you, so that motivates you to emulate that trait. Maybe you’re competitive by nature and wish to keep up with the rest of the world. Your motivation can come from a tight-knit group of people you love, people who support you, and you don’t want to let them down.
Or maybe your motivation is spite.
When I first started entertaining the idea of writing as more than a hobby, I did a little research, trying to find author websites and figuring out what made them tick, what made them continue to put words on paper (or the computer screen). There was one website by an author that put up articles not only for grammar usage and outlining tips, but also personal posts about her writing days and journey. The article that has stuck with me the most out of all these years detailed how everyone should have one good enemy.
Not friend. Enemy.
This author, at one point, had quit her job with the blessing of her family to pursue her writing dream. It didn’t pan out, not right away. She ended up needing to get another job, one with far less prospects and perks than her previous one, and she was assaulted with her family saying, “Well, we really didn’t think it was going to happen, but at least you know now, right?”
They tried to be supportive, of course, in their wayward way, but the author’s husband (soon to be ex-husband, actually) was reportedly really nasty about the entire situation, despite his initial support. Instead of being apologetic and going right back to her day job, the author continued to write.
And wrote, and wrote, and wrote amid the job changes, the divorce, the struggles with money, all so she could eventually get published, look her ex in the eye and say, “I told you I would do it.”
So, if you’re looking for some motivation, spite can be a great help in the long wrong. Do it so you can prove them all wrong.