"Don't make me kill you in my next book..." Why do authors write?

That’s a silly questionbecause we have to.

"Don't make me kill you in my next book..."

Although, I often do ask myself why I write. And actually, to delve a little bit deeper, why do I write for others. It’s a lot easier just to write for myself, but nowI live to share my stories even more so than I lived to write for myself.

But back to my initial thought… Gotta stay off those bunny trails.

Without a doubt, I have to write, similar to a cow… Weird, but true. If I don’t write, I feel as if I will explode inside. Writing is therapeutic. If you’ve never written that letter where you’ve told off your ex or your boss, you may not understand what I mean. But trust meif you haven't, go do it now; you’ll feel so much better afterward. Just make sure if you’re writing it by email, don’t fill in the “to” area until you've finished and have reread--several times. Then, always wait and reread before you send. I don't want anyone losing their job on account of my blog. Often, just writing out your thoughts will get your grievances off your chest. 

I’ve always been a writer, but when I sat down four years ago to write my first book, I started writing a story to the people who’d wronged me. I made it into a fictional story, and then said to myself, hey, this is rather good; maybe I’ll go write a real one now, and so I did.

I took all the fun fictional ideas and rolled them into a story, and from there, I let several friends read them, and then several agents and publishers, and next thing I knew, my dreams that I’d waited twenty years to see come true actually did. The dream I’d set aside in college had come to fruition all because I decided to write down how I felt. And wow, did I feel better after I wrote it all out.

So try it. Create a fictional world where you can kill off your arch nemesis, have the mother you’ve always wanted, work the job you’ve always strived for, do the thing you’ve always wanted. And I know there are other fantasies, but since this is a PG13 blog, I’ll leave those other daydreams -- or night dreams -- to your imagination.

Until next time, happy reading and writing! 


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  1. I can certainly relate to this, Carmen. There's no world quite like the one in your head! :)

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Lorrie! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, and you're correct...my mind is a fun, if not disturbing place sometimes. LOL! :)