Hello again, people of the interwebs.
A question that a lot of people have never asked me is, “Why do you write?” No one has ever asked me this because no one knows who the hell I am, but that’s beside the point. If people did ask me, I’d have an answer, and it is this…
I write because there are demon people in my head who want their story told.
They appreciate that they’re fictional, but they don’t give a shit, they want out. They have a tendency to bring entire worlds with them, sometimes in a multiversal format. The character types range from junkie hitman to a powerful mage to a swashbuckling science fiction hero, with multiple nuanced supporting characters.
The worlds that grow around these personalities in my head are rich and fulfilling to participate in and develop.
You develop hidden histories of worlds very similar to our own that have been changed in both subtle and not so subtle ways. You quite literally make up a new reality in your head. That’s quite freeing, considering our own reality is rife with corruption, social unrest, and warmongering. It’s nice to be able to make a comment on these things, knowing they might be read by someone, somewhere, and make a difference.
Stories are important to people.
They help them relax and experience something outside of the normal. They can sink into these orgasmic pleasure bombs of words, and unclench their buttholes a bit. Ultimately, you never know how your words can affect someone, and if it gives them a bit of pleasure and relief, that’s a good thing, yeah?
I also write for selfish reasons.
Every character has a bit of my personality, so I’m able to carry out in words actions I may never take in the real world. I’m able to replay situations in some fashion from the past, and change the outcome for the sake of entertainment.
When someone says write what you know, they don’t mean to get a Ph.D. in physics and only write about that because you’re an expert. They mean to take experiences you’ve had in the past and use them to influence your writing. Whether it’s a romance, a space opera, or a self-help book, you can only write from your experience and be authentic.
Finally, I guess I write mostly because it’s fun.
It’s like putting together a really cool puzzle, and hopefully, other people enjoy the finished product as well. If you’re not having fun doing it, then you’re not doing something right.
What makes you a writer?
I’d love to hear your approach to the writing life and how you overcome obstacles. Reach out, leave a comment. Let’s talk!