We all write for different reasons. Maybe we write to tell a story, or to stop the voices bickering in our heads (writers understand that phrase; non-writers want to admit us to the mental hospital).
But guess what?
It doesn’t matter why we write.
Yes, I really said it. I’ll say it again to hammer my point across: It doesn’t matter why we write.
Okay then, crazy Tiffany, what does matter?
All that matters is that we simply write.
That’s it – just write.
So, now we’re writing, but what inspires us to write? What lit that spark underneath our derrieres and continues to provide us with the gasoline to sit down every day, or however often, and put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard?
As writers, we all have a story to tell. That’s obvious. But, let’s be honest now – most of us want to be the next bestseller with dreams of huge royalty checks rolling in.
That’s never going to happen.
Wait, let me finish: That’s never going to happen if we don’t write; if we don’t make writing a habit, a regular routine, a part of our daily lives.
It all started for me in high school English class. Everyone remembers reading the literary greats, and then writing papers discussing the works, being sure to include the rising action, critical plot points, climax, and denouement. Right?
Well, I actually liked writing papers – so much so, that I helped write quite a few of my friends’ papers. Shhhh, don’t tell my teachers!
Also in high school, and already addicted to television, I recall waiting anxiously for those made-for-TV two-hour movies to premier on Sunday nights. Remember those?
Next began my obsession with true crime cases. Most of the two-hour television movies were inspired by or based on actual events. So naturally, feeding my television addiction, I began watching forensics programs, real-life mysteries, cold cases, etc. The A&E channel was my pseudo-best friend in college – you know, the friend that didn’t get me in trouble by taking me out to the bars instead of studying (love you, girls!).
Finally, I discovered Lifetime Movie Network. Gold Mine! LMN televised so many of those two-hour movies I relished in high school, and even more that I’d never even heard of before – some adapted from novels, some completely fictional, and others inspired by or based on actual events.
I’d sit and watch the movies, solving the crimes along the way, and think to myself: I can do this!
I still do, by the way.
So, here I am today, doing exactly that. I’m telling my crime story by way of a Young Adult novel, with ideas and characters bouncing around in my head for my next book, and then the next.
And do you know what? Writing makes me feel good. I had a friend say that creating something makes her feel good inside. She says there’s a strength that comes from creating something, and no one can take that away from her.
I think she’s on to something here. When we create something good, don’t we want to keep doing whatever it was that made us feel good about ourselves?
The point of the Round of Words in 80 days is to set goal-driven writing, reading, and editing goals. It doesn’t matter what our goals are, just that we’re striving for greatness – making us feel good about ourselves.
Many of us participating in Round 3 also stop by the #MyWana group on twitter. Our number one goal in #MyWana is to express to one another that We Are Not Alone. We are not alone; we’re all on this writing journey together. And guess what?
Even bestselling authors have been in our shoes. Every author starts writing with the fear that no one will want to read their work or that their work won’t be good enough for publishing. Every writer gets stuck with writer’s block and needs encouragement to keep going.
Remember to encourage each other. Cheer each other on. Wave your pom poms (red and black preferred).
Another good friend once said, “There’s something uplifting about knowing there’s nothing magic to being published – it’s just “butt-in-the-chair-‘ness’.”
It doesn’t matter why we write; all that matters is that we just write.
Butt-in-the-chair + Fingers-on-the-keyboard = Imagination Greatness.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. –Calvin Coolidge
Do what you love and follow your passion. — Ray Bradbury
Why do you write? What inspires you? Do you have any quotes that you’d like to share?