10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)
Writing isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes work and if we’re writing about emotional topics, it can be mentally taxing.
The hardest book I’ve written is my latest YA dystopian novel, Charged. It is filled with emotion and tension and difficult situations. In order to write it with some semblance of accuracy on human behavior, I had to emotionalize the story. I had to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Fira. I had to consider how my characters would react with each new piece of knowledge. What do they look like (i.e., facial expressions, hand/arm positions, etc.)? What do they feel? How do they speak?
But even though it was hard to write, I’m glad I stuck with the story because stories like these need to be shared.
That’s one of the reasons why I write.
Another reason is that I’d be an extremely unhappy individual if I didn’t. Writing is a compulsion for me. The simple act of writing keeps me happy. I need to get words on the page. I need to have written. And now that I have started writing several book series, I need to write more because I need to know how the stories end.
There is my next reason. As readers, we wait and wait for our favorite authors to release new books and sometimes we even get mad about having to wait so long. But for writers, the stories need to be written first. We might have an idea of how the story continues, or even have the five basic plot points mapped out, but until we start reaching the end of the first draft, many of us are still in the dark.
When I started writing Charged, the second book in my Bought series, I had a particular ending planned, but as I reached the last act, I realized that the ending needed to occur in the next book (Book 3). So, to complete the first draft, I had to write a different ending than the one I had planned.
It all worked out, but I had to finish writing it to know how the story would end. And now, I have to keep writing so I can find out the next piece of the story.
Stay tuned for more reasons why I write in my next article…
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