Guest Post: M. S. Kaye on Motivation
I thought I’d take a bit to introduce you to a local crit partner. Though I haven’t been participating like I should on account of all the things going on in my life, when I did participate, the group was very lovely, encouraging, and just down right amazing! M. S. Kaye runs it and she’s done a bang up job in that as well as her writing. Not only did she just release her first novel, but she has a second one in the works. Can’t wait to read that too!
I’ve had the pleasure of reading several bits of several stories of hers, though FIGHT PRINCESS was my first full read. I’ve always loved her stories, her writing. And she’s definitely not the type to follow “what’s hot” in the market. She writes what comes to her, not what popularity dictates.
Ms. Kaye graciously wanted to add to my motivation and positive outlook. So without further adieu, please welcome M. S. Kaye.
Jamie, you’re the queen of writer motivation advice, so I figured I’d write a bit about my motivation.
Passion is the keystone to my writing (no, I don’t write erotica). It’s not about money, or respect, or recognition. Although all of that’s nice, I wouldn’t write solely for any of those things. All my motivation comes back to the passion I feel for my stories and characters.
I find something about a story or character that I fall in love with, and I build a book around that. Sometimes that something is really cool (like my female underground fighter in Fight Princess), and sometimes it draws strong emotion from me (like a woman falling hopelessly for a man about to enter the priesthood, as in my upcoming novel Once).
I do not pay attention to what’s selling or what the trends are. That’s what everyone else is into, not necessarily me. I want to be the one to make the trends, not follow them.
This passion also helps motivate me to write my best, to continue to improve. I want my awesome stories and characters to be portrayed properly, for everyone to see them as I do, to feel the excitement I feel.
If I’m excited about awesomeness or on the verge of tears as I’m writing the outline, then I know I can make a great story.
So, what are you passionate about? That’s the question I believe you must be able to answer before you can write anything truly great.
M. S. Kaye is a 4th degree black belt and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun.
Thank you so much for doing this guest post and for all your encouragement. It really is truly appreciated.