Why do I write? I don’t have a poetic answer.

May 05, 2010

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.
Loved them!
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.)

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  1. I have learned that if I'm not busy writing than I become grumpy and feel as though I have no direction. I know, that's pretty lame, but it's true. Writing gives me direction and keeps me focused on a goal. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)

  2. Hi GWOE, I keep seeing your comments on blogs I follow so I stopped by to read and follow yours.

    I will now be back often.

  3. Hey! Whatever prompted you to write is not as important as the fact that you do!!!

  4. I don't think my story is poetic. I write to get all the emotions out. Emotions I had as a kid, a teen, anytime. It helps.

  5. I think my reason stems from my love of BOOKS!!! I want to be part of books, to be in the book, to create them, to touch them, to buy them-- anything related to books!!

  6. lol...don't feel bad for being inspired by Twilight. That's awesome. If Stephanie Meyers can claim that she inspired you to do something amazing in your life, then that is a feat greater than disillusioning love-sick girls. heehee.

    The book series that convinced me to be a writer was Harry Potter. Talk about cheesy. Still my absolute favorite series though!

  7. Aww, I read that article and loved it. Don't let it make you feel empty. You have a great reason to write.

    I say huge kudos to Steph. She inspired A LOT of people to read and write who may never have without Twilight. So ignore the haters. I think Edward is a very poetic reason. ;)

  8. That's not a bad reason to get into writing. If it worked, it's okay.

    Me, I got into writing sort a silly-sounding reason. My friends were doing it, so I gave it a go. They stopped. I didn't. I'm perfectly okay with that.

  9. VC Andrews is totally a classic.

  10. Kathi – I guess it gives me direction too if I think about it.

    Matt – Hi! Welcome. I hope you come back soon.

    Betty – So true.

    Elana – I write to re-feel those emotions.

    Karen – My writing has inspired me to love books like that now. They take you wherever you want to go.

    Olleymae – Hey! She disillusioned this over grown love-sick girl too.

    Karen – “Ignore the haters.” I think I’ll start a new blog. You’re very sweet.

    Dom – “My friends were doing it.” I bet parents/teachers around the world were wishing “writing books” was the latest fad to get into.

    Missed Periods (love the name) It has to be right? I mean who didn’t read those books late into the night itching for the next one in the series.

    Thanks everyone. You guys listed your reasons for writing and none of them sounded fancy but they all sounded honest. You guys have a great weekend!

  11. Gotta love the postscript!

    1. It's all about the postscript, baby! That's the important part of all this, cheesy or not look what I accomplished on sheer inspiration. Thanks for reading my story. :)


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