I was reading some of the 'Why Do You Write?' thread, and I decided that I wanted to ask a more specific question. I have recently been struggling to find motivation to write, and I thought about why this was happening. Ideally, I would like to write a novel that would be published and read by a (relatively) mass audience. My reason for writing, like many other writers who want to be published (I presume), is to share my thoughts/emotions with readers and have them see what I see in my writing. The only problem is that many fully-written novels are never published, and I would hate to spend all of my time writing and editing my novel to have it waste away. I know that people can self-publish, but the rejection by publishers and lack of audience in doing so would feel like a disappointment to me. Anyway, I'm wondering what motivations are driving other people who are trying to become published for the first time. Also, how much does the potential rejection and lack of audience audience deter you from your goals? EDIT: I believe I have the skills/ability to become published, or at least the potential to become published in time as I continue to improve.