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Rasun
12-05-2008, 11:15 PM
What's your reason for wanting to write a novel, Manga, or a comic book? Do you do it because it's something you enjoy, so you decided to make it a career out of it, so as to not be a nerd in the basement of his/her parent's home? Or are you in it for the fame, fortune, and the honor of having one of your stories be the next "Harry Potter," or "Twilight?" Or in the case of comic writers you want to be the next "Stan Lee," "Jack Kirby," "Bob Kane," or the next "Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster?"(The two 17 year olds that created Superman...:p) Or for those who like me aspire to create manga like me, you could have the honor of being the next "Ozamu Tezuka," or "Akira Toriyama."


As for me, I'm not trying to write the next "Harry Potter" or develop the next 'Batman of a new age." I figured since I have an overactive imagination, and like to think, and literally dream up stories, and characters, I'd pursue the career of writing, and comic art. Besides I enjoy it more than anything else, and I've come to enjoy writing stories with Mutants, Demons, Angels, Sorcerers, Faeries, Mecha, Ninja, and SuperHeroes. Despite how cliche those elements may be I at least make an effort and putting my own spin on it like I'm doing with Princess Of The Damned and Indestructible as I put fictional aspects of myself into my stories... I really don't care how popular my stories become, but I would get incredibly pissed if a director in Hollywood tried to adapt one of my works into a movie without having a full understanding of the story, or the characters' personalities.

*Listening To Feed Our Fame by KMFDM*

But I'm sure many of you are wondering "WTH brought this about?" I'll tell you. As I visited the messageboards of Tokyopop.com I came to notice some of the messageboarders were urging aspiring mangaka to stop using elements from traditional japanese manga, and to try, and create something new that no one's ever seen before. And as I foolishly, and pointlessly argued with these individuals, I came to the assumption that they're not into writing and drawing manga for the passion, and because they enjoy doing it for a living. They're basically out for the fame, and popularity that publication has the possibility of promising. So I began to wonder is that the main reason many aspiring writers/artists of my and the next deadweight generation pursue these professions? Just to be swarmed by the fame it brings, and not because they loved it while they were young so they decided to make a living out of something they enjoy? Also I figured individuals like those users I argued with sit at their drawing desk, or computer, as they clinch their teeth, tense up their muscles,while stressing and straining their brain to develop something original. Rather than relaxing, taking a look at the world around them, do some research on the topic they want to play with, as their imaginations sucks in everything they see, goes for at a ride, and returns throwing an idea at the subconscious like a bullet from a semi automatic machine gun.

That's been my experience anyway... When I didn't focus on trying to create something original, but kept it in mind, while my imagination went on a joyride, I wound developing something original.

willietheshakes
12-05-2008, 11:21 PM
What's your reason for wanting to write a novel, Manga, or a comic book?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I do it for the chicks.

emandem
12-05-2008, 11:25 PM
I write because I have to (sounds senseless?) If it does, I must admit I think it sounds senseless as well. But this is the only thing that comes to mind. Writing is something I am programmed to do. If I wrote for the purpose of attaining fame or fortune I'd be a pretty miserable person right now. ---I think many writers don't make a voluntary decision to become a writer--it's just what they are.

I also think it must be awful to be that person sitting staring at a computer trying to come up with that "one original idea." The best ideas come from your own passion, from your own head, the ideas that keep you up at night because they're screaming to be heard...

LaurieD
12-05-2008, 11:36 PM
I loved writing in school and when an Engllish lit teacher recommended I pursue writing as a career I didn't pay attention to her. Instead, I went to nursing school and got "a real career," which proceeded to burn out any passion I'd had for it in no time. The only thing that saved my sanity was making up stories on the long, traffic choked highways to and from the job I soon saw as a form of torture.

So, now fifteen years later, I'm doing what I should have done from the start. Not for the money - though money does make life a lot easier. Not for the glory - though who wouldn't love to see something they'd written on the shelf at Barnes & Noble? I do it to keep me sane.

Well, as sane as I'm going to get anyway...

Rasun
12-06-2008, 12:51 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I do it for the chicks.

A females fan-base? (Do forgive me, but that made me laugh...)


I write because I have to (sounds senseless?) If it does, I must admit I think it sounds senseless as well. But this is the only thing that comes to mind. Writing is something I am programmed to do. If I wrote for the purpose of attaining fame or fortune I'd be a pretty miserable person right now. ---I think many writers don't make a voluntary decision to become a writer--it's just what they are.

I also think it must be awful to be that person sitting staring at a computer trying to come up with that "one original idea." The best ideas come from your own passion, from your own head, the ideas that keep you up at night because they're screaming to be heard...

Hey I was born with a great sense of creativity too. In looking back on my toddler, and kindergarten years, I often recall seeing myself in the imaginary environment I created while playing "pretend." That later translated itself into my writings. I often daydream about what I am going to write next. And while we writers are born for this gig, you have writers and artists who start seeking out other professions before we come to realizing that we're meant to be writers or artists... I started out wanting to be a fireman, Police officer, and Vet. But as I got older, and drew to enjoy my sense of creativity, I decided to become a writer/artist. I mean Jim Lee took up a medical profession before settling on being an artist. And my own father took up accounting before settling on being a writer/artist for childrens' books.



I loved writing in school and when an Engllish lit teacher recommended I pursue writing as a career I didn't pay attention to her. Instead, I went to nursing school and got "a real career," which proceeded to burn out any passion I'd had for it in no time. The only thing that saved my sanity was making up stories on the long, traffic choked highways to and from the job I soon saw as a form of torture.

So, now fifteen years later, I'm doing what I should have done from the start. Not for the money - though money does make life a lot easier. Not for the glory - though who wouldn't love to see something they'd written on the shelf at Barnes & Noble? I do it to keep me sane.

Well, as sane as I'm going to get anyway...

Can I call you the female incarnation of Jim Lee? Because he underwent a similar ordeal. And I can understand using writing as a means to stay sane.

DeleyanLee
12-06-2008, 12:55 AM
After 30+ years of writing and not getting published but still doing it, I think it's safe to say I do it for the stories themselves.

There's a lot to be said for self-entertainment you can talk about in public. ;)

C.M.C.
12-06-2008, 01:09 AM
I wrote my book to prove that I could do it, both to myself and to the people who kept telling me that I was wasting myself by not doing so.

C.bronco
12-06-2008, 01:10 AM
I like writing all kinds of works. Next up: historical fiction. :)

scarletpeaches
12-06-2008, 01:33 AM
Ever since I was a kid, I've enjoyed creating stories. It's a way of playing God. I have complete control over my stories...that is, until the characters come to life and start doing things without my permission.

I want to be rich, famous and envied, travel a lot, meet new people and have my novels made into Hollywood blockbusters starring hunky chunks of manhood of my choosing.

And yeah, like willietheshakes, I do it in the hopes it'll get me laid...

underthecity
12-06-2008, 02:11 AM
I write because I love to write. It seems to be something I'm relatively good at, compared with other things I've done in my life. Oh, I'm not a gifted writer by any stretch, and sometimes it takes quite an effort to take a crappy line or paragraph I've written and turn it into gold.

I started with a nonfiction regional history subject and got that published. Now I want to do fiction. And the reason I want to write a novel is because, um, I wanted to write a novel. I would like to write fiction as a full time job. Will that happen? We'll see after my first one gets published.

But at times it can take quite an effort to write and rewrite it. And I'm trying to finish Draft 5 now. That pesky first chapter keeps getting bad comments from people. Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Oh yeah, because I want to publish a novel and write full time, that's why.

dclary
12-06-2008, 02:14 AM
Instead of asking "Why write?" I like to ask "Why not write?"

NeuroFizz
12-06-2008, 02:22 AM
It's a two-pronged motivation where the prongs play off one another: (1) to take on a new intellectual challenge, coupled with (2) a desire to entertain others with a product of my own imagination and skill (developed from that intellectual challenge). Both produce their own rewards.

Of course, it wouldn't hurt to have a groupie or two...

Ciera_
12-06-2008, 02:42 AM
I feel a very strong need to be rich. I don't think I could settle for not being rich and as respected/well-loved as the authors I grew up reading. So, for my sake, my talent had better have as much potential as I think it does.
Writing isn't just the medium for my fame and fortune. Of course I enjoy it. I love it more than anything I've ever done, and I'm passionate about my stories. I'm immensely proud whenever people go "You're thirteen and you've written a full, 90k-word book? *eyes-bugging-out-of-head*"
Writing is my thing. Without writing, I'd be utterly lost. I was a little lost, until I started my first novel last spring. Now it's the most solid aspect of my character.
So, to answer your question:
Money, fame, pride, fun, and passion. Not in any particular order.

WackAMole
12-06-2008, 02:53 AM
I write because i'm a drama queen and I can't get away with that anywhere else but my own fricking head!

It's fun, it's MY world. I seriously don't give a rats ass if I ever publish. Don't get me wrong! I would LOVE that, and I will always keep trying to publish but only because i want to get paid for being a drama queen :D

tehuti88
12-06-2008, 07:39 PM
I write because I love to do it, it's about the only thing I feel I can do with any skill, I'm lonely and have nothing better to do than write the characters in my head, I want to do something useful by entertaining people, and I want to connect to people and maybe make a friend out of it. I seem to be failing at everything else so by now I'd be happy for a friend who's interested in what I write. My hopes have dropped drastically over the years and publication and fame are no longer a realistic part of why I write.

Publication and fame would be nice (I don't really care about fortune), but like I said, I've learned to be a lot more realistic. By now even finding a friend interested in my writing seems to be too much to hope for, so I'm faintly hoping that maybe somebody will find my writing interesting long after I'm dead.

IceCreamEmpress
12-06-2008, 09:08 PM
I feel a very strong need to be rich.

That is the single worst reason to be a writer ever. It might almost be more logical to buy lottery tickets in the hope of being rich.

If what you want is to be rich, there are infinitely better paths to it that aren't as reliant on factors totally out of your control. Studying economics and then going to business school, for instance, gives you many more opportunities to get rich. Going to law school likewise. Or studying biotechnology, engineering, computer science...

Don't be a writer in order to get rich. Be a writer because you want to be a writer. That way, you have a good chance of being happy, rather than a one-in-five-hundred-thousand chance of being happy. Because I would suggest that no more than one in five hundred thousand of all the world's professional writers are rich.

eLfwriter
12-06-2008, 09:35 PM
The voices told me to do it. ;)


No, really. It's more than an obsession, I think. It's sort of a raw need to share, to tell, to lead people through these wonderful other realms.


:) Hi, I'm eLfy, and I'm a storyteller.


I had more imaginary friends then ever I did real friends -- I was invited to sleepovers soley because I was the best storyteller. One Christmas, (I think I was seven?) maybe just tired of hearing my longwinded adventures, my dad bought me a pile of notebooks and a box of pens and said, "why don't you write it down, sugar?" I never once looked back.

I figure I was doomed to a life at the keyboard since the moment my first char (a half-fox, half-demon little creature I affectionately called 'Raz') stepped up and showed me his world. That world was much more fun than mine, so I made myself a permenant residence. I visit Earth every now and again. Not often.

I keep company with eLves and demons. I feed my passion with ink and paper, and I'm pretty happy that way. :D Addicted much? Maybe. Happy? You bet.

Wouldn't trade writing for anything else! I couldn't imagine doing what I do simply because I might make a few dollars.

Rasun
12-06-2008, 11:39 PM
After 30+ years of writing and not getting published but still doing it, I think it's safe to say I do it for the stories themselves.

There's a lot to be said for self-entertainment you can talk about in public. ;)

Ahh, keep at it, you'll get published eventually... You may even ned to go into self-publishing... But can also relate to the "Self-entertainment aspect."


I wrote my book to prove that I could do it, both to myself and to the people who kept telling me that I was wasting myself by not doing so.


That's interesting... Will you seek a publisher for it?


I like writing all kinds of works. Next up: historical fiction. :)


Neat... Though I'm only good with fiction :(



Ever since I was a kid, I've enjoyed creating stories. It's a way of playing God. I have complete control over my stories...that is, until the characters come to life and start doing things without my permission.

I want to be rich, famous and envied, travel a lot, meet new people and have my novels made into Hollywood blockbusters starring hunky chunks of manhood of my choosing.

And yeah, like willietheshakes, I do it in the hopes it'll get me laid...

Oh that's what he meant, and of course it'll get you laid by the right person. And I can seriously relate to writing as a benign way of playing God that's one of the many aspects I enjoy ;)


I write because I love to write. It seems to be something I'm relatively good at, compared with other things I've done in my life. Oh, I'm not a gifted writer by any stretch, and sometimes it takes quite an effort to take a crappy line or paragraph I've written and turn it into gold.

I started with a nonfiction regional history subject and got that published. Now I want to do fiction. And the reason I want to write a novel is because, um, I wanted to write a novel. I would like to write fiction as a full time job. Will that happen? We'll see after my first one gets published.

But at times it can take quite an effort to write and rewrite it. And I'm trying to finish Draft 5 now. That pesky first chapter keeps getting bad comments from people. Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Oh yeah, because I want to publish a novel and write full time, that's why.

I know how you feel... But I tend to renovate crappy projects into something mildly better... I blame it on the fact that 20 years of age, I can still find many ways to have fun with a cardboard box much like I did when I was five years old. I tend to think or what will, and what won't work, what can I use that's different from the story's influence? I meditate on these question, while letting my imagination go on a joy ride before returning with a different plot.


Instead of asking "Why write?" I like to ask "Why not write?"

By asking that it's like you're implying "Why wouldn't you want to be a writer? I mean as a writer you can create your own world, you can destroy earth, or fuse it with some unknown planet or you can make every human into a mutant. You can put a fictional spin on certain periods of history, or you can make two enemies into the best of friends. In the realm of writing, you can just get away with possibly anything, so why wouldn't you want to be a writer if you have the talent for it?"

Do forgive me if my assumption is wrong.



It's a two-pronged motivation where the prongs play off one another: (1) to take on a new intellectual challenge, coupled with (2) a desire to entertain others with a product of my own imagination and skill (developed from that intellectual challenge). Both produce their own rewards.

Of course, it wouldn't hurt to have a groupie or two...


I can understand that... I wouldn't mind having fans, it's just the movie adaptations I'm leery of, and with the way my books are, there's thankfully a slim chance of that happening... I hope...


I feel a very strong need to be rich. I don't think I could settle for not being rich and as respected/well-loved as the authors I grew up reading. So, for my sake, my talent had better have as much potential as I think it does.
Writing isn't just the medium for my fame and fortune. Of course I enjoy it. I love it more than anything I've ever done, and I'm passionate about my stories. I'm immensely proud whenever people go "You're thirteen and you've written a full, 90k-word book? *eyes-bugging-out-of-head*"
Writing is my thing. Without writing, I'd be utterly lost. I was a little lost, until I started my first novel last spring. Now it's the most solid aspect of my character.
So, to answer your question:
Money, fame, pride, fun, and passion. Not in any particular order.


That's decent, but as for me, as I stated before I decided to make it a career since I enjoyed it so much, and it would keep me from remaining with my parents in a basement... Which is why I put my first manga Gold Hunter on hiatus, because I felt I'd be drawing hand drawn unpublished works for the rest of my life at that rate, so I vowed to start seeking a publisher for my stories, and I vowed to not finish Gold Hunter until that came to pass.


I write because i'm a drama queen and I can't get away with that anywhere else but my own fricking head!

It's fun, it's MY world. I seriously don't give a rats ass if I ever publish. Don't get me wrong! I would LOVE that, and I will always keep trying to publish but only because i want to get paid for being a drama queen :D

Hey I wanna get paid for expressing my lunacy in story writing, so the feeling's mutual :)


I write because I love to do it, it's about the only thing I feel I can do with any skill, I'm lonely and have nothing better to do than write the characters in my head, I want to do something useful by entertaining people, and I want to connect to people and maybe make a friend out of it. I seem to be failing at everything else so by now I'd be happy for a friend who's interested in what I write. My hopes have dropped drastically over the years and publication and fame are no longer a realistic part of why I write.

Publication and fame would be nice (I don't really care about fortune), but like I said, I've learned to be a lot more realistic. By now even finding a friend interested in my writing seems to be too much to hope for, so I'm faintly hoping that maybe somebody will find my writing interesting long after I'm dead.

Hello my clone from Michigan State, how are you? The reason why I call you my clone is because you stated all of my other reasons for wanting to write. But I really don't want to be the next J.K. Rowling, because I feel Hollywood would surely slaughter my hard work...



The voices told me to do it. ;)


No, really. It's more than an obsession, I think. It's sort of a raw need to share, to tell, to lead people through these wonderful other realms.


:) Hi, I'm eLfy, and I'm a storyteller.


I had more imaginary friends then ever I did real friends -- I was invited to sleepovers soley because I was the best storyteller. One Christmas, (I think I was seven?) maybe just tired of hearing my longwinded adventures, my dad bought me a pile of notebooks and a box of pens and said, "why don't you write it down, sugar?" I never once looked back.


Oh wow another clone! O.O I did something similar to that when I was young. I would tell my dad of some of the dreams I had, and he advised me to write them down. Some of these writings became dojinishi that were logged by me as Anime Adventures because of how I became a huge anime fan at age 9,(That's the title I came up with at that age too) but still clung tightly to my fascination with Marvel and DC comics, and western cartoons like Dexter's Laboratory. At least that's how I got started... :p

illiterwrite
12-07-2008, 12:41 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I do it for the chicks.

How's that working out for you?

I write for me, I guess. I certainly haven't made any money.

scheherazade
12-08-2008, 03:20 AM
If what you want is to be rich, there are infinitely better paths to it that aren't as reliant on factors totally out of your control...studying biotechnology...

Oh, please don't perpetuate that myth! I'm still looking for this fantasy world where biotechnology pays big bucks to all its practitioners.

Writing ain't gonna make you rich. Unless maybe you're a rapper. Look at the authors who have made mega-bucks: the majority of them had no desire to make big money (JK Rowling, Stephen King) or else came to writing with some specialized area of expertise and sought to churn out technical novels like it's a business strategy (Robin Cook, John Grisham, Tom Clancy). I'm still trying to think of any example of a writer whose primary goal was to become rich, who did so without bringing some other unique life experience (and probably a few ghostwriters). Can anyone else think of anyone?

roncouch
12-08-2008, 04:02 AM
Writing allows me to create something I enjoy. It is a mirror of my real and imagined life and thought process. My writing is sometimes replete with errors, and serves as a constant reminder that it, like my life, is something to be improved. One day, I hope to achieve satisfaction with both.

Rasun
12-09-2008, 10:29 PM
How's that working out for you?

I write for me, I guess. I certainly haven't made any money.

I write for me as well, tis the reason why I asked this question, because dare I repeat myself, it seemed that while I was at tokyopop some of the aspiring mangaka seemed too worried about being cliche and rehashing a plot everyone's seen a thousand times. To which I really don't give a damn about... If I spent too much time worrying about what readers wanted to see in a story I might as well not write at all seeing as how I'd be too worried about what readers think. Some readers will like what we write, some won't after all what we write won't appeal to everyone which is why again I'm not too worried anymore. If you saw me in my teens, you would've seen an anxious writer, but I've seen enough reviews and opinions on supposedly great stories, and stories I've enjoyed to know how this system works with writers to audience to not worry about what will happen. I only hope again that none of my stories are made into a "Jacked Up" Movie Adaptations... Not to say that every novel, or comic book has gotten that fate, but many have...


Oh, please don't perpetuate that myth! I'm still looking for this fantasy world where biotechnology pays big bucks to all its practitioners.

Writing ain't gonna make you rich. Unless maybe you're a rapper. Look at the authors who have made mega-bucks: the majority of them had no desire to make big money (JK Rowling, Stephen King) or else came to writing with some specialized area of expertise and sought to churn out technical novels like it's a business strategy (Robin Cook, John Grisham, Tom Clancy). I'm still trying to think of any example of a writer whose primary goal was to become rich, who did so without bringing some other unique life experience (and probably a few ghostwriters). Can anyone else think of anyone?


Well that's what it looks like sometimes since rappers get more publicity than comic book/manga/novel writers and artists. I could live without the publicity though since I'm not much of a people person, and have grown to hate alot of human aspects I think I'd be tempted to kill the first poperautsy member to flash a camera in my face, and ask me a stupid question about my private life, as he/she blocks the entrance to a building I'm trying to enter. I'm sorry to say that, but I have no patience for nagging, lifeless parasites who ask a bunch of privacy invading questions... But I'm sure Stan Lee doesn't have to endure that, I'm hoping to God he doesn't have to go through that...



Writing allows me to create something I enjoy. It is a mirror of my real and imagined life and thought process. My writing is sometimes replete with errors, and serves as a constant reminder that it, like my life, is something to be improved. One day, I hope to achieve satisfaction with both.

Yes writing is like life isn't it? And so far as my imagined life goes, I'm having second thoughts about seeking a publisher for my manga Indestructible because of how the main character is so much like me... I worry about the many stupid questions that would arise from that... So I thought of not letting the editors of whom I submit Indestructible to that the main character is... well... me.

KikiteNeko
12-09-2008, 10:35 PM
I write because I enjoy it, and because I'm not good at anything else. I think a lot of people have a calling in life. Some people love music, others are good at managing companies, others love sailing or traveling or what have you.

I always enjoyed writing, and even when I was in elementary school I was writing "novels" in my notebooks and having a blast. When I read for fun, I would always pay attention to how the novels were structured and make mental notes for the future.

I will probably always write novels. I don't know if they will be profitable and I think it's unwise to count on that happening no matter what the story may be. Everyone wants to write that next Harry Potter these days, and everyone thinks they're the one that's going to make it... not to stomp on your* dreams or anything. Maybe you will. But what if you don't? Will you still love your work?

It's best to write and be true to yourself, and all that hippie mumbo-jumbo, and let what happens happen.

* "Your" does not refer to any one person in this case. It's a rhetoric.

willietheshakes
12-09-2008, 10:42 PM
How's that working out for you?


I believe I mentioned this: it's something we don't talk about.

Elwolf
12-09-2008, 10:55 PM
I write because I enjoy it. I mean, I just have a passion for writing. If I did not write, I would go completely insane, I would be bored to tears, and I would be at some job that I went to just so I could pay bills. Life needs a passion, and I have found mine.

Phantasmagoria
12-10-2008, 05:26 PM
Hmmm... why write? What else would I do with all these crazy ideas and characters constantly bombarding my headspace? :D I've always written; it's a part of me, how my mind works; and I love it, even when it frustrates me and even though I often think I'm shit at it. I couldn't fathom a life without writing. I wouldn't want to.

thethinker42
12-10-2008, 05:41 PM
What's your reason for wanting to write a novel, Manga, or a comic book?

Because I hear voices in my head and I have to write down what they say or they'll drive me insane.

I'm only half-kidding. When a character or story really comes alive to me - and do they ever - I *have* to put it on paper or it *will* drive me up a wall. I even talk about my characters as if they're real people. I've said to scarletpeaches many times, "character so-and-so really wants to do this, so I'm just going to let him and see what happens..." or "character X wouldn't do that, he's totally the kind of guy who would do this..."

So, put me in the "I write because I have to" camp. If I ever become rich and famous as a result...bonus. I do want to get published, but I write because I need to.


*Listening To Feed Our Fame by KMFDM*

I heart KMFDM.

Alpha Echo
12-10-2008, 05:44 PM
I write because there have been/are/will be moments in my life when aside from God, writing is all I have.

Don Allen
12-10-2008, 05:48 PM
For me, a bad thing happened that I felt responsible. A young lady and her children ended up dead. I want to bring their short lives some meaning.

Rasun
12-10-2008, 08:16 PM
I write because I enjoy it, and because I'm not good at anything else. I think a lot of people have a calling in life. Some people love music, others are good at managing companies, others love sailing or traveling or what have you.

I always enjoyed writing, and even when I was in elementary school I was writing "novels" in my notebooks and having a blast. When I read for fun, I would always pay attention to how the novels were structured and make mental notes for the future.

I will probably always write novels. I don't know if they will be profitable and I think it's unwise to count on that happening no matter what the story may be. Everyone wants to write that next Harry Potter these days, and everyone thinks they're the one that's going to make it... not to stomp on your* dreams or anything. Maybe you will. But what if you don't? Will you still love your work?

It's best to write and be true to yourself, and all that hippie mumbo-jumbo, and let what happens happen.

* "Your" does not refer to any one person in this case. It's a rhetoric.

Now you know why I started this thread... After my visit to the forums of Tokyopop, I figured that every aspiring writer only wanted to write "Next Big Thing." So I sought to find those writers who wrote from passion, and enjoyment alone. I sought those who allowed creativity to come to them rather than forcing it which is why so many aspiring writers F up, because they force creativity upon themselves rather than relaxing, and allowing their environment inspire them. I'm a maniac, I can't live life without doing something, or hearing something that'll give me an idea... At my job, as a a food preparer at Pizza Hut, when I have to climb over stuff to get a certain product, I pretend like I'm climbing one of the Himalayan mountains looking for a lost treasure because of how cold the freezer is, and how difficult it can be to get alot of the foods in the freezer. I often think to myself that I'm probably the only 20 year old who does that at a fast-food restaurant. Besides as I said many times, I'm only choosing writing and comic art as a career because I'd like to spend the rest of my life doing what I enjoy for a living, I really don't want to be the next "Stan Lee" "J.K.Rowling," or "Ben Dunn." I just wanna create my own universes, and share them with the world...


I write because I enjoy it. I mean, I just have a passion for writing. If I did not write, I would go completely insane, I would be bored to tears, and I would be at some job that I went to just so I could pay bills. Life needs a passion, and I have found mine.

Good answer... Along with the many other heart felt honest answers this thread has received... Do pardon my lack of awareness that there are so many writers like you out there.



Hmmm... why write? What else would I do with all these crazy ideas and characters constantly bombarding my headspace? :D I've always written; it's a part of me, how my mind works; and I love it, even when it frustrates me and even though I often think I'm shit at it. I couldn't fathom a life without writing. I wouldn't want to.

Great another clone... I'm sorry for calling you that... it's just the fact that I'm not used to having anything in common with people... I can't sit and listen to music or just let my mind wander without coming up with a new idea. I like you get his headspace bombarded with new ideas, and characters when I just let my mind wander.


Because I hear voices in my head and I have to write down what they say or they'll drive me insane.

I'm only half-kidding. When a character or story really comes alive to me - and do they ever - I *have* to put it on paper or it *will* drive me up a wall. I even talk about my characters as if they're real people. I've said to scarletpeaches many times, "character so-and-so really wants to do this, so I'm just going to let him and see what happens..." or "character X wouldn't do that, he's totally the kind of guy who would do this..."

So, put me in the "I write because I have to" camp. If I ever become rich and famous as a result...bonus. I do want to get published, but I write because I need to.



I heart KMFDM.

OMG what's with these clones?! O.O I'm sorry but again, I'm not used to having anything in common with anyone, I'm used to being a social outcast because I'm an African American manga/anime nerd who aspires to make his dreams a reality. But now I know I'm not the only individual with voices in his head who causes him to develop characters, and yeah I truly feel your pain about the characters coming to life, and kind of having a will of their own that happened when I wrote Dreamers Hearts: The Tale Of Mystical Girl and Princess Of The Damned and I had voices in my head giving me the names of The Seven Sinful Sons Of Lucifer when I was writing the sequel to Princess Of The Damned Her Infernal Majesty at which point I thought I was under Satan's influence as I heard the names "Rage," "Hate," "Fear," "Malice," "Anger," "Pain," and "Agony" whispered in my head repeatedly. (You know the christian stereotype how they are so judgmental towards everything mundane, and everyone who doesn't serve God. And everything bad that happens, or anything with a hint of demons, and evil is the Devil's Work. Now you see my problem me publishing Princess Of The Damned because a tale of the Anti-Christ seeking Salvation from God to free even her own Soul from Lucifer seems unholy.)


I write because there have been/are/will be moments in my life when aside from God, writing is all I have.

*Listening to Hau Ruck(Spezial K Remix) by KMFDM*

Do forgive me for feeling guilty, because I too am a christian, but after writing stories like Princess Of The Damned, (http://www.mangapunk.com/forum/comicking/writing/princess_of_the_damned) Nether Tales (http://www.drunkduck.com/Nether_Tales/index.php?p=369650), and Dreaming Soul (http://www.drunkduck.com/Dreaming_Soul_issue1/index.php?p=344670) I think zi have long since forsaken christianity. I believe I even crossed the line with the development of a soon to be written manga Divine Rebels and Samson because you see in these two stories along with my series Princess Of The Damned there exists descendants of a clan of christians who learned how to use spiritual energy through perfect faith. Basically here's how their powers work. If these individuals were to pray for protection, they'd form a barrier from their spiritual energy that is only as strong as their faith, if their faith in God's protection wanes the barrier weakens. If these individuals were to say a prayer of rebuke, they can launch a beam of energy from their hands that would phase through their adversary, and exorcise the evil within. In The Princess Of The Damned timeline I created the puritans saw this as witchcraft, and sought to annihilate this clan. And the clan had to flee, and were slowly annihilated because they knew to never use God's power to harm man, because of how he treasured his children.


For me, a bad thing happened that I felt responsible. A young lady and her children ended up dead. I want to bring their short lives some meaning.


Touching... it's also very inspiring, but if it's as personal as I think I wouldn't let anyone but a book publisher touch such a story. But hey that's just me. The reasons for me writing Princess Of The Damned and developing the manga Indestructible is because I did alot of things I'm not proud of, and I feel like expressing that pain. However I thought of keeping Indestructible under wraps, because I feel it might get a good enough fan base to be adapted into a movie, but the thing is the Aggressor as I've said is a fictional version of me who kills out of fear of facing defeat, and winds up confronting that defeat in order to save a life. So this story's very personal, and having it ruined by the media would gal me. Because I know how HollyWood works when it comes to movies based on manga/comic books, with exception of a small few. They waste money of special effects, props, and various other useless junk, having to alter the story line of the film. The Aggressor is a complex character both in design of his transformed state, and as a person. And to have a script writer, and director ruin that without gaining a true understanding of the story or characters would be annoying...

dancingandflying
12-11-2008, 08:35 AM
Why I write:

(1) I like to write.
(2) I'm good at writing.

d&f

C.bronco
12-11-2008, 08:37 AM
I do it to entertain myself. There are secondary reasons, but my favorite works were done precisely to entertain myself.

Shara
12-11-2008, 05:09 PM
[quote=emandem;3031848]I write because I have to (sounds senseless?) If it does, I must admit I think it sounds senseless as well. But this is the only thing that comes to mind. Writing is something I am programmed to do. If I wrote for the purpose of attaining fame or fortune I'd be a pretty miserable person right now. ---I think many writers don't make a voluntary decision to become a writer--it's just what they are.quote]

Ditto. I usually say that I didn't choose writing, it chose me. Fame and fortune would be nice, but realistically I am not expecting to achieve either through writing.

Shara

Rasun
12-11-2008, 08:21 PM
Why I write:

(1) I like to write.
(2) I'm good at writing.

d&f

Me too... and whadda ya mean by D&F


I do it to entertain myself. There are secondary reasons, but my favorite works were done precisely to entertain myself.

That's good at least you don't have to worry about reviews from other readers :p




[quote=emandem;3031848]I write because I have to (sounds senseless?) If it does, I must admit I think it sounds senseless as well. But this is the only thing that comes to mind. Writing is something I am programmed to do. If I wrote for the purpose of attaining fame or fortune I'd be a pretty miserable person right now. ---I think many writers don't make a voluntary decision to become a writer--it's just what they are.quote]

Ditto. I usually say that I didn't choose writing, it chose me. Fame and fortune would be nice, but realistically I am not expecting to achieve either through writing.

Shara

And what if you do...? You never know, some people may like or identify with your characters. As for me I really don't see that happening, since I was a social outcast while in high school I really don't see anyone identifying with any of my lead characters, unless the readers themselves are social misfits...( Y'know goths, Emos, Nerds, or the individual who doesn't mingle with a bias crowd because he appreciates everyone for their unique traits.)

steveg144
12-12-2008, 12:33 AM
I do it because if I don't, my head will explode from all the unwritten stuff that keeps shouldering its way into my brain demanding a way out.

dancingandflying
12-12-2008, 03:18 AM
...and whadda ya mean by D&F?

That's my user name - dancingandflying/d&f. :)

LiquidGT
12-12-2008, 04:42 AM
I draw and write because I have to get those ideas out of my head somehow. My characters have lives of their own in my head right now and I want to put them on paper whether it be on graphite or text. I would like to share my story that I've enjoyed so much with the world, as would we all. :D


KMFDM FTMFW! Best driving fast in a fast car music, evarrr!

Lady Cat
12-12-2008, 04:46 AM
I write because I can't not write.







And because the voices tell me to.

Rasun
12-12-2008, 08:42 PM
I do it because if I don't, my head will explode from all the unwritten stuff that keeps shouldering its way into my brain demanding a way out.

Wow and older more experienced version of myself... My what an interesting, yet small world we live in :p


That's my user name - dancingandflying/d&f. :)

Oh...OOPs... My bad...


I draw and write because I have to get those ideas out of my head somehow. My characters have lives of their own in my head right now and I want to put them on paper whether it be on graphite or text. I would like to share my story that I've enjoyed so much with the world, as would we all. :D


KMFDM FTMFW! Best driving fast in a fast car music, evarrr!

Yet another who feels my pain.... Because my characters' too have lives of their own, I try to make them a certain way, but they wind up changing later on in the story. Luciami starts out hopeful, but isolated from people because she's a demon, but later became headstrong, adventurous, and daring. Lora is shy, and quite, yet she becomes more lively, and one of my most stereotypical characters Jeezy seems to have become more responsible in looking out for his teammates...( But then again his evolution is understandable really. You see Jeezy started out as a figure of the stereotype in the black community, as he's looked after by his older cousin Tony Bross because how he was treated like a freak due to his mutant powers of pyrokenesis. I later came to notice that Jeezy became less ignorant, and reckless the more I involved him in the story, which I found odd.)



I write because I can't not write.







And because the voices tell me to.


Yet another writer who has voices in their head... So does this mean I'm not crazy? I always thought that I was because of how I would imagine what would happen next in a story, or how it seemed that when I'd get stuck on what to name a character, a voice in my head would tell me what to name that character.

KTC
12-12-2008, 08:48 PM
It's my current favourite way to express myself creatively. One must find creative expression or one suffers from its absence.

KikiteNeko
12-14-2008, 06:55 AM
I pretend like I'm climbing one of the Himalayan mountains looking for a lost treasure because of how cold the freezer is, and how difficult it can be to get alot of the foods in the freezer. I often think to myself that I'm probably the only 20 year old who does that at a fast-food restaurant.

I don't know. You'd be surprised the creative thoughts seemingly-ordinary people have during their min-wage shifts.

Rasun
12-14-2008, 10:03 PM
It's my current favourite way to express myself creatively. One must find creative expression or one suffers from its absence.

Yeah shamefully though not everyone has a creative mind... I've had the misfortune of meeting some of those individuals...


I don't know. You'd be surprised the creative thoughts seemingly-ordinary people have during their min-wage shifts.

Yes that probably would surprise me, being one who doesn't really expect it.