Finding My Purpose

How I get motivated to write (Part 1)

The first step is always the hardest.

After I realized I had gone off track, I looked for help online to correct my course. There are a lot of sites offering advice. I combed through the ones I thought were the best and wrote down seven I thought would help. These are in no particular order but this one does seem to be a logical place to start. Defining my purpose. Why do I want to write superhero fiction. I’ve listed a few reasons below as to why I’m doing this.

First, I’ve been building an exciting new world in my head for years. It’s unfortunate that it took a situation like my anxiety and depression to jumpstart my writing. Needless to say, I have a great character in Eddie Solomon, the Guardian. I like to think of him as a cross between Superman and Spider-man. He’s not as powerful as Supes and he likes to talk while he’s fighting. The supporting characters are strong too. I wrote Lester to get certain reactions from the reader. I wasn’t disappointed. Everyone who read Deadlock came back with the exact same reaction for him and I loved that I was able to do that.

Second, I didn’t see the kind of story I wanted to read either in comics or in books, so I wrote it. The way the comic book industry is killing itself, if you want a good superhero story then you should read more books. I love comics. They’re the reason I started doing this. I wanted to write for Marvel Comics but that ship has sunk. The medium as a whole might fade out of existence but books are here to stay. I know they don’t have the artwork but I’m betting your imagination can do just as good a job as you read.

Third, I love talking to other superhero fans and hopefully I can grow a fan base that will want to invite me to share my experiences as a writer and a comic book fan. I can talk for hours about comics and superheroes and my wife is getting tired of it. She’d also like it if people invited me to talk so she could have a little peace and quiet.

Fourth, I needed a way to fight my depression. I read that writing is a good way to help deal with depression and my wife suggested I take my story idea and write a book. It took a weeks for me to take that advice but when I did, something incredible happened. I saw light at the end of a tunnel that I thought had no end. Writing helped pull me up and now I’m a published author. I still have moments where I struggle. Both with my depression and my writing. But I am in a much better place mentally and I owe the majority of that to writing.

This is why I started writing. My motivation was to share my vision with as many people as possible and to fight back the darkness that was trying to consume me. Listing these reasons is just one step to putting myself back on track. I recognize there are still some things I need work on. But I am moving forward.

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re going through something like this or know someone who is, please like and share so you won’t miss anything.

Know that you are not alone.

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