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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why Do You Write Fiction?

I have to tell you something. It is not easy having a day job and writing fiction on the side. Of course, you already  know that, right? "Duh!" you say. So why do we put ourselves through this?

It is a pain enough to have to go to work and slave for someone else for most of the day. Then when you have time for yourself what do you do? You get right back to work writing fiction. Why?

I can tell you my reasons for writing fiction. You may think that I only write for money since you see all the ads on this blog. To be honest making money from my writing is a goal. Is that your goal too? "Duh!" you say again. But the reason why I put myself through the hardships such as world building and character creation, is because I like it. No, I freaking love it! That's why I do this.

Some people write because they want to be the next big author. I have to tell you that is not a strong enough reason to want to be an author. It takes so much to just get a book out there into the market and I have to say that if you don't love writing then you are not going to have a successful career, what you're going to have is a short one.

There is nothing easy about writing fiction. "Do I have to say duh, again?" you say. You do, but not to me. I am just complaining about the people I have met who think that writing books is an easy way to make big bucks.

Even though I write because I love it, I wouldn't mind it making me this!

Now the reason why I love to write is because it makes my a God. Yep. you heard me write. In the real world I am just a man, a mere mortal who cannot do much. Hey, because I am a mere mortal! But, when I create a story, I create much much more. Think about it. When you create a story you are what then? The creator and who is the creator... wait for it... God.

That's me in my fictional universe
So, why do you write? Come on, don't be shy. Hey, I just revealed to you that I am a megalomaniac! What can be worse?

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  1. I write fiction......because it's easier I think than writing non-fiction. But you make the point that you love it and that's reason enough. The late Christoper Hitchens said he pitied those who write because they love to or have to. Actually, he said you have my sympathies. I think I love to write because it is often revealing. Exposes something inside me that I didn't know was there. Happens often enough to keep it interesting. Good question, Andre

    1. When people say they write because they have to, they are saying that writing to them it is like breathing or eating. They must do it because it is vital to the soul and to their very existence. I understand Hitchens' sentiment, but I rejoice in those people who are doing something they love. I love the mind-bending toughness of the craft and the often life-altering results.

  2. You are definitely onto something there. As a believer I think humanities drive to create things is a reflection of being made in the master creators image. I write personally because I cannot help it. I'm not very good at it yet, but am hoping the more I do it The better I will get. It leaves one raw inside at times, and it's not an easy career to choose, or as it sometimes seems it's not the easiest career to choose you. Free will doesn't really come into it, If I didn't write I would probably be bloody miserable. Those burning questions inside have got to have an outlet somewhere:)Great post anyway, It really got me thinking.

  3. I write because I want to convey the message within me. I write fiction because I want to deliver my message in a more subtle way, not just with an escape into alternate reality, but with the intent of planting a seed that might grow into an escape into deeper thinking on behalf of the reader.

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  4. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should

    let it grow and share it with the world.> learner