Today I'm calling all of you creative types and asking you to share what keeps you motivated.
Whether you're a writer, musician, actor, artist, jewelry maker, craft maker, baker, whatever- what keeps you going?
Having a creative dream isn't easy, we often aren't paid for the "Journeyman" level work we do, and even past that level most of us won't be making enough to survive on. Friends don't always understand what you're going through, they don't realize (for writers) that no, you can't just slap a bunch of words together and call it a book (ok, you can- but it's not going to be anything anyone aside from those who love you enough to lie to your face would want to read ;)).
Creative works take time. A movie lasts a few hours, but takes years to make. A CD could be listened to fairly quickly, but could have taken a year or more to craft. Books are read with varying speed, but never as slow as it takes to write them.
And your friends, family, loved ones, pets--don't always get that.
The industry for creative ventures is small and often brutal- spitting out victims in huge numbers.
Yet some folks muster on.
So, I'm asking folks what keeps you going?