Why Write?Why do it?
I do it because I get to leave, escape.
While writing, I get to go somewhere else. This place I go to is wild, exciting, and thrilling. People are being chased, run over, and shot at. People die so others can live. People swear and yell out funny but embarrassing comments while on elevators. Sometimes people even get hit by an ambulance. Weird luck.
You see, I get to go anywhere I want.
I write because of osmosis, too. By dictating the story, pruning through edits, and finally polishing the polish, I can place the story idea in the readers’ heads. I feel, as most writers do, I’m sure, that my stories are good. The more people who read my stories, the happier I am.
I’m a storyteller. Always have been. Even as a wee one. This is what I do. It’s way too exciting daily to ever contemplate doing something else.
I was in New York a few years back, sitting in a beautiful restaurant having dinner with a literary agent and my editor. The agent posed a question. He was curious why I would want to become a full-time writer when I already have a thriving business that made me a healthy income. He went on to explain how much hard work it is to be a writer.
I heard him, but I love writing novels too much. I’ve got too many stories to tell. I’ve written over fifty short stories, and now I’m a few novels away from fifty books.
I can’t stop. I’m infected. The writing virus is spreading. Eyes bleary. Fingers dancing, hitting keys at will. Story developing despite the sore back. Computer overheating as the tension mounts …
I think you get it.
I’m a writer.
I love it.
I’m passionate about it.
I can’t stop.
If publication weren’t an option, I’d write for myself. I’d write for my kids. A story of their very own. If only to get the ideas to stop—but they never stop.
I can sum it up in one word: love, passion, hope.
I know that was more than one word, but that’s the essence of it.
Now, back to it. These books won’t write themselves.
Why do you write? What drives you?
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