Friday, March 13, 2009
Second part of, WHY I WRITE
Happy Friday the 13th. It's kind of cool that I'm blogging for the second time on Friday the 13th. Bill and I have of course done our early morning running and I'm still full of energy. I had a Reiki treatment last Sunday and I swear I feel much better than I have in months. In fact we're going roller skating this afternoon.
Okay, I know my private life isn't the title you saw in my subject line so let's continue where we left off last month. I was telling you of my reasons for writing.
I have another family, we mostly talk on my yahoo group. But I talk to them everyday and in many ways they feel closer than blood. A few days ago one of the family members wanted to ask some questions about Adam and Eve, my characters from my vampire series. Let me tell you this discussion became serious, funny and intense.
This is the reason for my being a writer, to move people in one way or another, to have dialogue about the things that are in my head and make their way to paper. The fact that I could write a story that elicit emotions thrill me beyond belief. Whether you hate a character for whatever reason, I have still done what a writer tries to do and that is to involve you enough so that the story has some impact on you. My aim is to make readers think, to question, to wonder, to learn.
And the fact that my Yahoo family fought so hard with me, makes me even happier as a person and a writer. They understand that they are valued by me and that their opinions count. They are not afraid to voice their opinions and tell me what MY characters really meant. I love it. I love that we talk about the characters as though they are real. I love that they get angry with them and want to try and change their minds and influence them. The truth of it is I don't want anyone agreeing with me for the sake of agreeing with me. That's not who I am.
Now here we go back to the contrariness that Lisa G, thinks I indulge in on a regular basis. If everyone agreed with me I would do something to change that. For instance if I thought the sky was a beautiful orange and everyone agreed I would then say, "you know what I think it's yellow." I love to argue for the sake of argument, it's true. But I like honesty and honest opinions. I like people who stand firm by their beliefs even if their beliefs differ with mine on characters that I created. This is why I write.
And then of course we know that as much as I like to win the argument I like it even more that people find what I write and the ability to tell me face to face (sort of) to be the icing on the cake. The reason I can enjoy all of this is simple. If I don't like what my Yahoo family has to say and if they don't agree with me in the end, after all of my compelling arguments, I can simply write a scene and kill them off. That's why I write. LOL. Next month I'll share with you what readers expect from writers and why I can't give it. I hope I have you curious. See you next month.
Happy Friday the 13th