Why We Write…
Having an actual book in one’s hands with one’s own name on the cover as author is a wonderful feeling. Writing itself is damn hard work. I spoke to some friends about why they write…
When I first started blogging years ago, I really just wanted to vent. My kids were teens and tweens and I seriously thought I was going to lose my marbles. So I started “mom blogging”. I saw Dooce do it and thought… wow I might be able to make some money off this! Well, that was a big joke – but what I got instead was worth more than money. I was able to finally express myself in my own words, put my thoughts out there, and inspire people who were having issues raising their own children. I was just finding myself again after years of inner turmoil (child rearing can make you want to rip your hair out), and I was beginning to find my “Zen”.
A point had come in my writing where I was able to actually write from my heart and spread my thoughts on how to get your mind healthy, and that’s when I took the leap and started ZenSationalLiving.com. I love what I do and it’s a wonderful outlet for me. My first couple of books even came fairly easy to me. I was always a writer at heart. There were books locked in my brain for years just waiting to bust out. And so they did, and with that came a new independence and strength of inner self. Now I inspire people and they inspire me. I’ve met so many new (and very good) friends through blogging that I would never have met in real life. For this I am forever grateful.
Cindy Ratzlaff, co-author of Queen of Your Own Life.
I write because I have to. I wake up with ideas streaming into my head and go to sleep with thoughts demanding to be written down. I keep a note pad by my bed and an open doc on my computer so I can jot down notes. I send myself emails with words like “trust” when I’m out of the office and a theme bubbles up. It’s a gift, a taskmaster and a burden to be a writer. . . but mostly a gift.
Flora Nova, author of Her Will.
I write due to the power behind written words. Just like every formal agreement in any language should be presented in writing, I write to retain the power of my thoughts. Hence I became an author when I published my novel to share my written ideas with others. Her Will is based in truths, my personal experiences, and its gist focuses on a profound message related to my vocation. I like to categorize my employment of words when writing, as expressing or communicating, rather than considering myself a writer; above all, I am a metaphysician.
Lee Horbachewski, author of A Quiet Strong Voice.
As I connect to the depths of my soul, whether it’s in darkness or in the light – I feel this sense of release as I put my thoughts to paper or type. I don’t consider myself a ‘writer’ per se; my grammar isn’t always correct – I tend to simply share what I feel and rarely go back and edit.
Writing A Quiet Strong Voice took almost six years. It allowed me to heal, to reflect and look within. Thankfully with the help of an editor it came to life, spread it’s wings and flew, selling out the first edition in under a month.
I am discovering a new sense of inspiration with writing poetry, the words just flow; I close my eyes and I type. On most occasions I open my eyes, read what I wrote, and am in awe of the raw power.
Writing is cathartic and a beautiful way to find peace within my soul. The bonus is, it touches others.
Within the last month, I’ve had a few opportunities to talk with middle school kids about writing one’s personal story. Writing is so second-nature to me that I was a bit surprised how onerous most kids find the dreaded writing assignment. Kind of like that scene from the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” where the Peanuts characters have to write a 100-page book report on Peter Rabbit.
Now, as a teenager, I played “Lucy” in that production. I still remember the song…”Peter Rabbit is this stupid book about this stupid rabbit who steals vegetables from other people’s gardens… 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, 16,17…83 words to go…” That pretty much represents the tenor of the classes I attended. Here are a few of the misconceptions these kids have about writers.
Myth # 1: Writer’s write once and get it right the first time. Boy, did I dispel that myth, much to the pleasure of their teachers. I had every student write down my mantra: The best part of writing is rewriting. I explained it is in the honing of one’s words, the magic occurs. You no longer are thinking about the story and plot, you’re thinking about characterization, tenor, and tone.
Myth #2: All authors are rich. J.K. Rowling is their standard for author income. Now, I suppose I should have said “It’s not about the money; it’s about the craft.” But why lie? Do I hope to live solely off my fiction writing someday? Absolutely! Am I fortunate that I make my daily living as a writer (even if that writing consists of business collaterals?) Absolutely!
Why do you write?