“So why do you write?”
Ah, that magical question that every writer both loves and fears in equal measure. We love it because we want to share our passion for what we do and get people excited about it. But sometimes it’s hard to pin down just one reason, or describe it in a way that makes sense to someone who isn’t a writer.
How can you describe the amazing feeling you get when a whole new world spills out of your head and becomes a reality? Because that’s what writer’s do. With just 26 letters, 10 numbers, and various symbols we create brand new realities for others to enjoy. And I know at least for me, I get a huge kick out of creating it.
But that’s not why I write.
My reason for doing what I do has changed and evolved over the years. At first, I mainly wrote because it was fun for me. I wasn’t worried about publishing or marketing or how many reviews my book had on Amazon. I was just writing to pass the time, and most of those stories I’ve never shared with anyone. Now that I actually have a few published works though, I’ve had to change my perspective on things.
Writing is no longer just about me; it’s also about my readers. Like you lovely people, the ones who care enough to still be reading this blog post. And I think that’s where a big part of my motivation comes from. I’ve always gotten a huge enjoyment out of reading. If I had a bad day as a teenager, what did I do? Go home and read a book. If I have a bad day now, as an adult, what do I do? You guessed it…go home and bury my nose in a good book.
I write because I want other people to experience the joy that can come from reading.
I write because I want to make a difference in other people’s lives.
I meet so many people that say they never read, and if I can give them just a little bit of enjoyment, I will feel like I’ve done my job. Maybe one of my books will be the one that opens a door for them and encourages them to go explore other worlds that other authors have created.
So my question for you this week is: What books have changed your life?
Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this. If you want to find out how I’m using literature to promote physical fitness, keep an eye out for next week’s post. Bye for now! Happy reading, writing, and life.