Why do I write?
I was recently asked, “What drives you to write?” It was a simple question but as I thought about it I was surprised by my own thoughts. It gave me a chance to rethink my purpose in writing. When I was young I wanted to draw or paint but my hand couldn’t put on paper what my mind and eyes saw. People were flat or stick figures. Landscapes were one-dimensional. With words, I am able to paint that picture my mind sees. The pictures grow from the page. They are dynamic and have life. When I go back and read what I have written, I can add a brush stroke here or change the hue there. I have come to enjoy the whole process of expressing myself, challenging myself to improve and putting it all together in publishing. Writing helps me create and helps “stuff” come from within.
I have tended to be a private person. People who know me might disagree because I talk and am outgoing but my feelings often stay within. Writing helps me to express feelings I may keep bottled up. My characters are free to express themselves, though they don’t always share my opinions. A character may be loving or hateful. They may be able to apologize or forgive in situations that I might not. My writing may even have helped me to be more open verbally, not just with the written word.
I have favorite authors and have tried to adopt some of their styles but the more I write the more I realize that we each have an individual style. It may be possible to change it but it remains recognizable. I’ll never be a Steinbeck, Grisham or Clancy but I like what I have written. All I can do is keep at it and hope others like my writing as well.
For multiple formats on Smashwords
Purchase; Read; Enjoy; Write a review