Get clear about your 'why' to boost your motivation when things get tough.
This is a great article! I constantly evaluate why I write. It took me many, many years to call myself a writer. I no longer, only write for myself. I write for the kid I used to be, and the kids today that are like I was. I write because I have something to say, and I want others to hear it. I write to learn, to process my thoughts and feelings, to explore other possibilities. I also write because I want to make it a career, be able to earn a living at it. I also write because it brings me joy. I enjoy the process-- whether or not anyone else ever sees it, or whether or not I get paid for writing it.