Friday, March 03, 2006

Why Write?

Lately I've been thinking about why I continue to write. E.A. Bardwill's post opened a Pandora's Box for me. Why keep writing? The answers I've come up with (so far):

1. Why not? It's a way to exercise my free will and choose to do what I want to do.
2. Because I like to write.
3. I love language, words, telling a story.

Interesting that none of these first three reasons have to do with money. And it's a good thing because most writers don't strike it "big." Most, I'm convinced labor in obscurity with a lot of angst and a lot of hope. And even those who get the big deals--like a friend of mine--still have a lot of angst and a lot of hope---and a lot of new deadlines. So I write, submit, wait and wait and write some more.


Blogger James Goodman said...

Great post. It makes me laugh when people think I write to get rich. The authors who get the OMG deals hit what I like to refer to as the literary lottery. Is there writing any better than a whole slew of mid list writers I could mention? Doubtful, but the one thing they are sure to have in common is that they share the same love for writing.

11:19 AM  
Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Here's the way I figure it, Sharon...

What else am I gonna do?

Yeah - money's not the object. Money is nice, but money only comes to a few. I just like to tell stories with the hope that someday, somebody other than the Bunions will read them.

12:36 PM  
Blogger E. Ann Bardawill said...

Sorry, Sharon.

I was in one of my deep thoughts moods again.

I'll back to being shallow and vapid. That last penetrating interview on E! Hollywood Daily with Anna Nicole Smith was a lovely, bouncy reality check.

2:30 PM  
Blogger S. R. Hatcher said...

Hey I like that...the literary lottery. Going to buy tickets.

Hey M. it's very simple isn't it? Fame, Oprah, etc. would be nice but at least the Bunions stick together like, uumm webbed toes...eeewww for the 3rd time today.

5:31 PM  
Blogger S. R. Hatcher said...

E.A. Yes, please I need that shot of your singular kind of humor to keep me laughing like a hyena at the monitor.

A.Nicole's case is up for consideration by the Supreme Court (I think--something big--the case that is...). No doubt she'll have her day in front of the court in her most Cleave-A-Liscious ensemble and come out on top. Oops, better stop here.

5:35 PM  
Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Damn, Sharon. You southern gals. Y'all act so sugary sweet, diabetes becomes a concern. then ZING!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

I'm very afraid of my first book deal. I can't imagine the debt I'll get into with that one!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

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4:48 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Sharon -

I don't know if this will help... But I will tell you why I write.

I write because I have to.

If I didn't, I'd slip into insanity and dry up like a withered corn husk.

I can't not write.

And I don't mean in that obsession-filled neurosis type of way. I mean, writing is the only way of unbottling all the hope, fear, dreams, excitement and more that are inside of me.

It lets me express myself in ways that I never would verbally.

It takes me on journeys across the vast landscapes of my imagination. It sends me to new worlds, new ages and new societies.

It lets me imagine, for a brief moment that I am someone else - sometimes several someone elses. *g*

It fills a void that nothing else can fill. It gives me a moment of relaxation.

So in summary - I have to write. I love it, it loves me... and together me and writing - well... we're a good couple.


Lady M
I had to edit that puppy - I sometimes write on the fly - my mind running faster than my fingers can keep up with.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Mark Pettus said...

I write because I don't want to do anything else.

I'm not giving back anyone's money, though.

By the way... where in the desert?

I'm a child of the desert living amongst the magnolias... which are in blossom.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Calhoun said...

I have to write...or it won't let me sleep! LOL

11:50 PM  

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