Hey!! What's the story?
After all, unless you have been one of the very lucky individuals, it is not a source of great wealth. So what inspires you to continue your writing?
For my part, it is those annoying voices of the characters who pop up at the most inconvenient moments, nagging you to finish their story or tell their tale.
Hi Monica, I write to be read & that's not being arrogant, that word isn't in my lexicon. As a writer/journalist/editor for more than 30 years for & of many publications & newspapers both in my native England & overseas, I've been basically a writing gun for hire. I enjoy the diversity of my writing business/sport/lifestyle/columns/reviews/property/education etc & this has continued in my writing with my three books. Shadow-psychological/horror, Micro Musings erotic/romantic/humor/horror micro-poetry & now my latest-Fly on the Wall a horror/mystery!
In a utopia I would be writing full time, but my full time teaching position pays the bills. As you rightly say Monica, I have a small army of characters marching around my brain, who demand to be heard & by extension read. So I will continue telling my stories, crafting words & hoping others enjoy my efforts!
The first reason that comes to mind is that I've just been doing it in some shape or form since as long as I remember. Whether it was journal writing, making picture books, and eventually dabbling into literary genres, I've always had the desire to do so and have aspired to make it some sort of career. I do some writing at my current job, but the creative writing bug's still biting. I'm hoping to get some pieced published in lit mags that I can maybe compile in a book, but haven't had much luck outside of school lit mags back in the day, heh...
I write because that is who I am, a writer, which is the simplest and best explanation I can muster.
Love the diverse responses. Guess we all write because it is part of us.
Hi Monica, I totally agree with you about the characters in your head, I am struggling with my normal full time job as all I really want to do is continue the story as when I'm not writing I'm constantly thinking of the next bit of the plot, twists and turns. I love it ;-) x
Have any of you seen the call for submission for a short, flash or poetry to be a guest on our Halloween broadcast? Seeking scary, frightening, bone-chilling stories. We air on Halloween evening. Here is the link:
Halloween Writing Music Contest or you may click on Competitions in the Other on this site to get there. We'd love to have a bit from the 99fiction authors.
Also, what great answers to why you write. I realize all of us would embrace fame and fortune without a blink of the eye, so it is rather a given that we write to be read. To me that is number one as so much of our soul is put into each word. Guess I wonder what keeps writers going, even when their lives are so very busy. Is it worth your effort? Do you find satisfaction?
I do wish they'd learn to sleep through the night. Worse than babies and puppies.
I like to write poetry about life issues and family. I have written a play about domestic violence, also a couple of short stories. I would like to write children's stories for publication in time.
I also like comedy writing.