10 Reasons Why I Write

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write
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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

It’s been a while since I posted Part 1 of this blog series, so I figured I better get back to it. So, here are more reasons why I write…

I’m a big brainstormer. I love to fit story pieces together and work out plot details. For me, it’s fun. Most of the time, my ideas occur to me naturally when I brainstorm ideas. I’ll ask questions like: what happens next, what needs to happen in order for the details to fit, what other obstacles do my characters face. For me, it’s not about how I can make my characters’ lives more difficult.

That’s a common tip for writers. ‘Don’t stop there – how can you make things even worse?’

That’s not for me, at least not at the moment, because for right now, I think my characters lead tough enough lives as it is. Could I kick it up a notch? Oh yeah, sure. Several notches. Could I make things even more difficult for my characters? Definitely because anything is possible.

But then I’d lose the semblance of reality that I want to maintain. Take it farther and then it just becomes too much. I’m happy with the challenges my characters are facing and readers are happy with stories they can’t put down. It’s a win-win.

That’s my fourth reason why I write.

Another reason is that it allows me to share my talents with others.

One of the main purposes in life is to share with others. Give back to the world in some way. Each of us has a unique talent, something from which other people can benefit. For me, writing is my main thing. I’m passionate about writing stories that readers love. I’ll talk more about that in an upcoming article, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! What’s your main thing?

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