Note: This post was written in May 2010.
Crowe's Nest featured a post last week: Rachel: Reasons I write. After reading the article I was left feeling... empty. Unlike Rachel, I don't have an old notebook from when I was five where I scribbled pretend words on paper. Or like some of her commenters, who wrote as a child just to write themselves in the pages of Anne of Green Gables (fyi...I have never read it.) From other posts on this subject I find most writers knew from the first time they read [insert classic novel title here] they knew they wanted to be a writer. I did very little reading growing up and the few books I read were not "classics." (Does VC Andrews count as a classic?)
When asked why I write, I give typical answers like "to relive my teenage years" or "I need to be creative and poetic." But that's not really the full truth. I didn't even think about being a writer until December 2008, when I was 36-years-old.
Why did I picked up a pen (or keyboard) and wrote my first book? It's embarrassing to be honest because a lot of other authors, writers and whomever slam this fiction because of it's popularity. But here's the real, unpoetic reason why I write:
I saw a movie.
I thought the movie was totally cool.
Lead guy crazy hot and hey...its a book.
A series to be exact, so I read the books--in a week.
Then I found out the author was a stay at home mom (like me), who had a dream and wrote it down.
Yes we all know who/what I'm talking about: Stephenie Meyers' Twilight.
Maybe you are rolling your eyes and trying not to vomit. Me and lots other people were probably all inspired and are now trying to do the same thing. But there comes a point where I have to say, this "writing thing" has turned into something more than just a thing. It's been a year and a half and I am now on my third book. (All three books were crap BTW.) Also in that year and a half, I have read over 40 books. Prior to that, I had read maybe 20 books in my lifetime. (I'm talking novels not picture books.) I started a blog to share my passion and meet other people with the same passion, writing. So I'm beginning to believe this "thing" is becoming my life. My career.
Maybe this is the cheesiest story you have ever heard, but its my story, and it changed my life for the better. So yes, I'm a Twihard or whatever they are calling it, but I've got what every other writer out there has, inspiration. Whether it's was Judy Bloom, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen, Twilight or whatever, you can't change what inspires you. If you are dedicated to the craft, you will learn and grow and one day, if you've worked smart enough, you will be published.*
So tell me, do you have a poetic reason why you write?
*Post Update: I'd like to add that as of December 2014, six years after I saw the movie TWILIGHT I sold my first novel. SOUTH OF SUNSHINE is my YA romance (LGBT) coming March 2016 from Albert Whitman and Company. So yeah, that movie everyone is always hating on, changed my life.
Twihard? Oh, Baby Dana, you are so embarrassing. (But truth be told, I'm still a Twihard.)