Friday Fundamentals: Why Do You Write?

My last few posts have been fairly technical things, so I would like to steer away from that for my posts in March and move toward some things that I think are very fundamental but more philosophical questions that writers often ponder (and that editors sometimes wonder about the writers).

Today’s question is why do you write?

There are a several facets to this particular question, so I am going to ask some more specific questions to hopefully get to the heart of why you write.

Do you write to make money? I assume that all writers would like to be paid for their work, but is that the driving reason for punching the keys? Is fortune your number one priority? As we can see from some of the other folks’ posts, the publishing industry is going through some major changes at the moment, so most people aren’t making much […]

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Writing is a Solitary Business

Most people think that writing is what we do at the PC or laptop or with pad and pen. That we live inside our heads and only when actively pounding away at the keyboard or scritching madly on the pad. The writers among us know that is simply not true. Our minds get caught up in the lives of our characters and suddenly we are writing all the time—driving, eating supper, walking the dogs, paddling a particularly good river (okay that one is mostly just me,) and worst of all, while having a conversation that is important to our mates but not so much to us. Or maybe that one is just me, too?

I try not to get too personal here on MagicalWords.Net but I need to confess something. It’s supposed to be good for the soul, yes? When I’m writing I ignore the hubby. A lot. It’s not […]

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