We asked authors on our Facebook page:
Why do you write?
It's interesting to read so many different answers from authors who write in different genres. Click on the links and get to know the authors and their books:
It's hard to pick just one reason for why I write. I love giving a voice to the characters I envision and their worlds so that others can enjoy them too. I also write as an escape from my physical health problems and as a way to relieve stress.
Debbie Manber Kupfer
Because I have a whole world of stories inside of me and I need to know what happens.
People act like writing is a choice. I don’t feel it is. Writing is something I have to do. All these stories, ideas and emotions, must flow onto the page. When I am not writing I feel incomplete. https://www.sandmenandzombies.com/
I write because I enjoy it. It's part of who I am as a creative person. Some people bake, some people sew, I write. I share my writing with other people because I want to make a connection; just like a painter displaying in a gallery. I publish my writing for a chance to reach a larger population and hopefully to entertain likeminded people with my stories. I know my writing isn't for everyone, but it does have a wide appeal. I write clean adult fiction (various genres) and nonfiction, as well as children's books, which I also illustrate.
Erika M Szabo
The main reason I started writing is when on a rainy afternoon I couldn’t find any new book to read. My daughter had enough of my moping around and snapped at me, “Mom, stop whining! If you haven’t a book to read, then write one.” Her challenge shocked me, but I started playing with the idea and I’ve been writing stories ever since. Later someone told me I shouldn't write. "English is not your native language, you'll never master it enough to write enjoyable novels." My dad thought me not to let toxic naysayers kill my dreams, so naturally, I continued writing my first novel. I guess I proved the naysayer wrong because readers tell me that I'm a great storyteller.
I guess this is the one million dollar question. At least for me, it doesn't have a single answer as there are many reasons why I do write. I do enjoy it, and because sometimes I like to tell people about the characters that are battling in my dreams or daydreams. I find it stress releasing and therapeutic, as exploring different points of views, I might also grow up myself understanding other people's way of thinking. Funny thing, I never thought about writing as something lucrative. It would be nice to earn something, but for that, I have at least my day-job.
Bette A. Stevens
I write to share the stories bubbling inside me--tales (stories and poetry) that can't wait to get out! https://www.4writersandreaders.com
Pam Parten Atherstone
I write to release the stories in my head and the characters who are fighting to come alive. Their stories must be told, someone else must know about them. Writing keeps me sane. https://www.pamatherstone.com
The stories build up inside my imagination to a point where I can’t hold them in anymore. In a way the writing is a type of therapy but then there is the added bonus that people actually enjoy reading my work. I write because if I didn’t the story would never be told and that would be a betrayal of self.
Keeps me out of the taverns.
Mary E. Fricke
I want to breathe. I've been writing longer than I can remember. Writing is as essential to my life as breathing. I cannot imagine not writing. Whatever the desire to do it is, was ingrained. I think I inherited the need to write from my mother. She was a published poet.
Because the stories in my head have to come out or I would go insane, because the characters are more real to me than family or friends and when they take me by the hand and say "listen to me, I have a tale to tell and you must write it down" I have no choice but to comply. https://www.juliablakeauthor.co.uk
Trisha J. Kelly
I'm not a great people lover if I'm honest! Don't get me wrong there are lots of lovely friends on Facebook, but not much else in the real world! Greed, corruption and hatred take up too much space. When I write it takes me to somewhere else entirely! I love writing middle-grade because of the magical elements and the adventure lacking in reality. I can write whatever I like. All things are possible. My crime books help me to get my own back on bad people without actually committing murder in the real world! The cozy mysteries I'm currently penning are everything I am inside. Competitive in a challenging sense. I want to outwit my readers by making them think and work out the clues! Writing is a way to balance the control of our lives.
Ruth de Jauregui
The stories in my head must be released. And I want to leave a legacy for my kids and grandkids.
I started writing to engage younger readers as being a reading specialist I saw so many students that could not get interested in anything. They always seemed to be taken with magic so my first book was geared toward boys in junior high.
Because I love it.
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