|Agatha Christie -|
writer of 91 novels,
not to mention the playscripts.
This month's theme is Motivation and Challenge. I want to break it down into the two parts to begin with, and against all alphabetical protocol, I'll go with Motivation first.
Motive for murder?
Motives are the driving forces that lead to action - as any detective writer knows. The word itself derives from the Latin movere - to move. Related words include [interestingly] emotion and motor. My mind jumps from there to motor skills - and muscle memory.
|Bellydancer by Sean Thomas|
On one hand, practising, creating every day makes its own momentum. On the other, actually using the hands frees up many a creative person. Get marker pens, crayons, felt-tips, chalks - something physical to connect with your younger self. By-pass the cynical adult through motion.
|Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya.|
You killed my father. Prepare to die.
|Confronting the Gatekeeper|
from Monty Python & the Holy Grail
But I think this striving and pushing can be unhelpful. Seeing yourself always in opposition to someone else means you are not defining who you are. Like wet concrete inside shuttering - if the planks are removed, it oozes away into a lumpy mess.
|Children on the beach at Kasai Rinkai Park|
Your two-part task
- Get a pen and paper, and a timer. In ten minutes, list as many motives for your writing or art as you can. Don't censor - just write. Leave in all the daft, the embarrassing, the pompous and downright weird reasons.
- Read them through. Consider which ones truly move you, and which belong to other people - be they real or your characters.
|Child's Treasure Map of Brighton |
by P. Fallows
K.M.Lockwood is the writing name of Philippa R. Francis. She blogs quite often from The Garret and gabbles away on Twitter as @lockwoodwriter.