Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Thrill

Alright, so I have this problem where every single time I try to explain why I write, it never really comes out right. Ever. I just have a hard time putting it into words I guess, and to be honest there are quite a few factors. I write because I hope that my story will make someone's day a little better, or to make someone laugh or cry. I write in the hopes that my book will mean something to somebody other than me one day.

My friend Jade (I'm going to call her that whether she thinks we're friends or not, because she's made of awesome like that) wrote a magnificent post this morning on writing, and I think she did a great job explaining the thrill of writing. Go read it. Now. I'll wait...

So, Jade says the key is in the characters, and I think she's right. I don't think any of us would really struggle to write a book if we didn't fall in love with those new voices that pop into our heads whispering their stories to us in the middle of the night when we're trying to sleep. Don't worry, Jade, that's usually when they find me too. :/

The characters are what make getting out of bed early to write worth it. They're the reason we stay up way too late writing, because we're so utterly enthralled with them that we literally can't walk away or crawl under the covers for fear that we'll lose something great and never get it back or (more than likely) we won't be able to sleep again until we've finished the scene that's itching to be written.

This seems to be a recurring theme in my posts of late, reasons for writing... I'll try to come up with something else to talk about soon. :P Really, I will.


Tahereh said...

i totally understand. totally.

great post!

DL Hammons said...

It's hard for me as well to put my finger on the reason behind the THRILL, but I live for it!

Very nice post.

Jade said...

Magnificent! There's a word that's never been linked to me before.

I think you expressed yourself well. Basically, you're as crazy as I am. Right?

Stephanie L. McGee said...

I so know that feeling.

Anonymous said...

When my characters fall flat, I've given up on a book. But when the characters are vibrant and I can't stop thinking about them, I have such a good feeling every time I sit down and write.

Charmaine Clancy said...

I always have trouble explaining why I write too, must be we save all the good words for the page :-) Very pretty blog!


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