Yeah. That’s the question I would ask you, if we were able to sit down together in a restaurant, or the library, for a chat. What in the world moved you to take up pen (or keyboard) and attempt to write?
For me, the answer is a bit of a moving target. I have any number of reasons for choosing this vocation (and avocation).
I wonder if my primary reason isn’t also yours?
First and foremost, I am a reader. I can’t seem to get enough escape into other realms through stories. In books I’m able to see and do things that my frail body could not withstand. I’ve been to every planet and satellite in the Sol system—some a number of times, and in every case I discovered something amazing about the Universe, and more importantly, myself.
Read a thousand books and you may become inured to the ideas of others—or, perhaps, happily, you may find yourself thinking, “I could do that.” “I have something to say.”
Read enough poorly conceived and written books—and they abound—and perhaps you find yourself saying, “I could do better than that,” and move on to prove it.
Perhaps you feel that you could add to the wealth of knowledge in books by the nature of your views. Perhaps you believe that your insight, skill, your ideas, are superior to what you’ve read.
Could it be that you reject the idea that there is “…nothing new under the sun…” and are pressed to prove it? Or, do you perhaps believe that while writers have covered all the most important ideas, you have a better way of expressing it? A better understanding?
Hmmm. It is beginning to sound like the reason we write—or to be fair—”I” write, is because we have a certain respect for ourselves, our ideas, our creative understanding of the world around us.
Yeah, I’m guessing that’s it. Whether we tell our tales in real-life situations, or push back the envelope to reach into the depths of the unknown Universe, we are still telling the story of humans, of human feelings, of human thoughts, of frailties, of courage, of a willingness to expand how we think and act.
Writing is more than the telling of stories. It is an act of faith and courage. Writing is a promise to our readers… a promise we must keep.