Monday, August 17, 2009

Why Write?

It's been some time since I've been on the blog. Um yeah...since April. My bad. I won't go into details as to where, how or why I sorta dropped off the face of the Earth, other than to say that I did, and I have my reasons. I apologize for those of you who signed up to follow the blog and for those of you checking in. I do plan to keep up with this blog and keep it current from this day forward. Almost sounds like a vow. Scary. I hope you'll hang in here with me. I want you to be a part of this blog.

I do plan to change it up a bit though and hope you will still follow. Initially I wanted the blog to be geared toward writing lessons for kids and helping kids grow as writers, and that will definitely still be a part of the blog. However, I titled this blog Adventues N Writing. That "said," I want to have a blog here that discusses the adventures we have as writers--the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope to share the joys of writing and the pitfalls of writing, and all of the in-between that goes with it. And writing to me is life, so there will be some life sprinkled into these blogs that I hope you enjoy.

So today, I want to ask, "Why write?" I have had ups and downs with my writing as I think most writers do. If this was an easy ride, I'm not sure we would grow as writers. We might be one hit wonders, but seriously, what's the fun in that?

Over the years I have come up with a handful of reasons as to why I write, but it always comes back to one solid, honest reason. Some of the not so solid, honest reasons include; "I want to be the next J.K. Rowling (okay that one is honest), I want to be a NYT Bestseller (umm...yeah, also kind of honest...), I want to make a bazillion dollars (see J.K. Rowling), I want to be a household name. "No, no, no!" Those are all fun and kind of pie in the sky, but the reality of it all is that I write because I want to create stories that I love and I hope others will love them, too. I want to entertain and make people laugh or cry or think or not think but escape. I write because at the end of the day, if I don't, I am grumpy and not so fun to be around. As my daughter will tell you, "It's like she's gonna explode." I am not that bad, I really am not. I get a litle tense, yes. But explosion is totally an exageration. I get it now, "I am a writer." And writers have to write.

So, why do you write? What do you write? What do you want to write? Does anything scare you about writing? What is the best part about writing?

I'd love to "hear" your thoughts.



Maryann Miller said...

Michele, like you I write because I have to write, otherwise I feel like I will explode. The money and everything else associated with a writing career is second to this, although I like "second helpings. "

Author Guy said...

I write because the stories won't let me stop.

mugwump said...

Hi, I just found your blog.It's pretty neat. I write because I have a compulsive habit that's a lot like throwing up on my keys.
My writer's block comes from feeling guilty about wanting to earn money for something I like doing....