Why I write…
is the topic of this week’s MFRW Blog Challenge.
A couple of years ago I took “Fearless Writer”, a wonderful online class offered by Laura Baker. One of the taskings was to come up with a kind of mission statement about Why I Write, with a view to improving storytelling skills and enhancing the “emotional resonance” of the story.
I write to make sense of the world and to reaffirm hope.
And golly, doesn’t that sound kind of pretentious? The truth is, good genre fiction hits the mark on both these two points. It’s literary fiction that tells us the world makes no sense and we should all just shoot ourselves.
Which gets to the real reason Why I Write:
I’m going to bet that most of my fellow MFRW Authors will tell my same story:
- Reading stories is fun.
- We always liked making up stories in our heads, and we even told ourselves stories to go to sleep at night.
- We like words, and wordcraft, and writing. Some of us studied literature in college.
Translating stories from my imagination to the page adds a bunch more layers of fun: the challenge of learning how to plot, how to write good dialogue, how to build effective characters, how to handle point of view, and then, how to manage the publishing process and find readers who like my stories and my storytelling voice.
Hop along with my fellow MFRW Authors and see why they write:
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