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“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor.
Authors have many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
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Why do I write? It’s a fair question and not unfamiliar. People often wonder what is it that root of a storyteller’s gift. There’s a lot down there. Just like soil is made of hundreds of seemingly similar particles, so are the pieces of why we write. They may be interrelated or completely unrelated. Whatever is behind it, however, is what makes each writer and their voice unique. And, that is why there is room for all of us writers.
I write because I used to read a lot and I never found a book that quite told the story that I wanted to read, so I decided I would do it myself. Searching for the perfect book made me weary. I found a lot of books I loved. I watched a lot of films I also love. However, not one of them quite hit the spot. Nothing would fit the bill like writing exactly what my own mind desired.
You might be wondering now if I managed to hit the spot with my own work. While I love the exhilaration of writing a new story, and putting it out for public consumption, the whole process–I’m still writing because there was never just one story for me to tell. Each one hits different. Every title hits the spot in it’s unique space.
Outside of this, there are other reasons to write. For instance, I wrote the trilogy because, as I mentioned previously, I had these dreams about another world since I was a kid. When I reached adulthood, and started to examine them more closely, I saw a story develop. Then, of course, this realization pushed on my mind to create the novels. I started out with a script, so I wouldn’t loose the detail I had discerned. Yet, that wasn’t enough. More dreams and years later, greater detail, more answers to questions, a clearer picture evolved.
There was a lot of research to do, as well. As you know, the series deals with multiple mythologies and belief systems. Trying to get them to agree and find where they did agree, where they diverged, and all the other details took time. I’m glad I knew at the time that I penned the script, that I wasn’t prepared to write this as a novel. I am still unsure I was when I did, but I felt stronger than ever about the story. It felt like time.
Above all, I write because I know that I share a lot in common with my fellow human beings, as far as tastes in stories (books or film or pop culture). Therefore, I believed that the effort of writing my stories down and going through the publishing process was worthwhile. There had to be others out there like me who wanted to read these stories. I couldn’t just leave them locked up in my head. Although they had come to my brain, I suspected that they weren’t just for me.
Trailokya, for instance, is hitting a time where a great many people are awakening to their roots and seeking information on the sacred, stories about the paranormal, and the connections a story (fiction) can bring to them on the topics. The series is timely, not just a trek through science fantasy (dark fantasy, paranormal, or horror). It’s an adventure that illustrates a lot of the ideas that people are coming to. It tells them, hey, someone else out here is going through this too. This story wouldn’t exist if they weren’t. You’re not alone.
Stories exist to create connection in cultures. The world is shedding the old borders as humanity struggles to come together and connect more deeply. Old wounds are being healed. New paths are being forged. I write to meet these changes and help foster those connections. Am I successful? I have no idea. You’ll have to tell me well after I’ve left this world, and if my work remains and is examined by scholars. If someone is still reading the series, hopefully still published by my heirs, then I think maybe I have been successful in fostering those connections.
I can hope.
Let’s hop on over to the other author’s pages and see what they have to say about why do I write?
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Stevie Turner says
Like you I write the kind of stories I’d like to read myself. It’s always a bonus if somebody else likes them too!
Captain Maiel says
So true, and it’s what keeps me going.
P.J. MacLayne says
“Stories exist to create connection in cultures.” I never thought of it this way, but I love the idea. If you study the creation story in many cultures, you can discover many common threads. I wish they were used to create connections instead of being used to keep us apart.
Captain Maiel says
Those connections are so important, and I think vital to our species. Storytelling is as old as humanity.
I’ve seen that answer about writing because we haven’t seen the perfect (to us) book yet a few times before in the hop. It’s a great reason to write!
Captain Maiel says
Thanks, Astrid! 🙂 I agree. If you don’t see the book you’d like, write it! Definitely something I tell others who want to be writers. It’s a great place to start.