I have failed. But I get another chance.
My previous posting about my lack of motivation to write garnered a few truly appreciated replies. Unfortunately, I never sorted through my office to pull out my notebooks, blank or otherwise. Damn, my lack of motivation seems to stem even further into my life than I thought. I will, though. It is just a matter of when.
There IS good news. I think I have found a bit of motivation to jump-start my creativity again. I am a lurking member on a bulletin board devoted entirely to Honda VFR motorcycles of all years (1984 through 2005 and beyond). Today when I logged on to check the new posts, I was delighted to find a new contest and giveaway. The board owner/moderator/all around VFR guru has posted a VFRd Essay contest to give away an Aerostich Roadcrafter riding suit: These are generally considered the best textile riding suit on the market (and often seem like a requirement in order to ride a BMW motorcycle). I have wanted one since I started riding, but at $727.00, the cost is a bit prohibitive to actually get one.
Now I have a reason to write. And while it makes me a bit sad that it has taken a tangible reward to get me motivated, I think the deeper reason is that it has given me something to write ABOUT. The rules include the following lines: “Content must conform to the general VFRD board rules and should be on the general subject of Motorcycling. Fact or Fiction Humor is greatly prized as well as writing style.” In essence, I have been given an assignment with particular guidelines, and a deadline of August 15th.
Perhaps I just needed a bit of direction. Perhaps I needed some sort of potential payoff at the end. Perhaps I won’t even complete an essay in time for the deadline. Currently, however, I feel more motivated than I have in quite sometime.
Now I just need to figure out exactly what to write about that fits with the very open guidelines of “Motorcycling”.