WHY I WRITE I was going to try and be comical, and write the Top 10 Reasons I Write. But it just wasn’t working. So how about just ‘some’ of the reasons I write?
I Hear Voices I remember reading something in Angela Scott’s bio… “Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear.” The thing is, that happens to a lot of us writers. I have to wonder how many people in the psyche wards are actually writers. (Or under the influence of Nightmare Wraith. Sorry, you’ll have to read Dream Weaver to get that one.) So, I write because my head might explode if I don’t. There has to be an outlet to exercise my demons. Otherwise they get very fat and sassy.
Must Be The Money And of course, I write for the fame and fortune. Bahahahahahahahahaha! Seriously, though, I write because I can. I really do believe that writing is gift, no matter what you believe the source of that gift…whether God-given or from the fates. And gifts are meant to be shared. I love the creativity of building worlds and people. It’s like a singer performing a song, or a poet writing new prose. It’s an artistic outlet. I don’t know how many people came to me during my book signings this weekend and said they wanted to write a book. I say, DO IT. It really isn’t about money, for some it’s just pure therapy. Anytime some says to me they think they should write a book, I tell them to stop just thinking about it. Just do it. It may not be for anyone but themselves, but sometimes just getting long-withheld emotions spewn out on paper is a grand release. (Yes, I know, technically ‘spewn’ is not an official word.)
Big Creepy Crawly Things I love the ability to step out of my mundane life and experience someone else’s life, even if it’s in my head. But personal life experiences aren’t taboo. My dad gave me a huge spider necklace that has a small blade in its abdomen. She’s about the size of my hand. That spider will now be taking an important role in my second novel, Rock Star. She’ll be ancient talisman created from arcane magic that is activated by the blood of her possessor and is able to transmit memories by touch. I remember watching the movie about JK Rowling’s creation of Harry Potter. In it, she was sitting in a local café writing and saw two people playing chess. From that mundane situation, ‘Wizard’s Chess’ was born.
Say, What? So, I’m not sure if anything I’ve said is beneficial to anyone but me. But I did what I always do when I write… See, the literary world has named different styles of writers. I know some people say there are two kinds of writers; pantsers – who write by the seat of their pants; and planners – who graph out their story before they write it. Then, I heard about a percolator, a writer that lets the story drip and filter. Personally, I would add ‘puker’. I know, that’s nasty. But it’s true. A scene for my books will come to me, inspired by some random life event and I grab any random piece of paper, and jot it down. It’s not until later that I add all the scenes together to make a story. So now we know—writers write one or a combination of four ways: Pantser, Planner, Percolator and Puker. And here’s a link to the NaNoWriMo article: http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/33164071079/pantser-planner-percolator It only took me five years to edit, re-edit and edit again. But I earned an education on the way. And with every new version, I believe Dream Weaver became stronger. I believe that everything I’ve learned about the literary world along the way, will help me as I continue to write. I’ve met a great group of people, other authors. Some have become my best friends and we’d do anything for each other. I’ve also discovered that I enjoy helping other indie authors. Whether it’s finding typos everyone else missed or teaching someone about showing instead of telling their story or teaching someone to create links on their blog or website. I never claim to be a professional at anything, but what wisdom or knowledge I’ve gleaned along the way I’m willing to share.
The End Angela, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. And thank you for giving the world such great books.
A quick bio My name is Su Williams and my first novel Dream Weaver was released in March of this year. I live in Spokane WA with my husband and two of my four children. Our family also consists of my teddy puppy beagle; a crested gecko and two obnoxious cats.
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