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Tracey
10-09-2006, 08:19 AM
Do you write in the hopes of being published? Do you write for fun? What's your motive?

I write for myself and if something comes of it so be it.

This may be an unpopular opinion on a serious writer's site, but I personally write because I enjoy it not for publication. I look at it as a hobby, something I like to do (most of the time) but not something I think will get me very far. I'm not interested in freelance or writing articles. I simply like to tell fiction stories. I realize the odds of getting published are difficult to say the least, and I try not to stress about it. If and when I finish that great novel, I will submit it to publishers because: hey why not? But I look at it as it truly is: a hobby nothing more. I don't really have the motivation or the desire to spend all my time focused on writing. I like to read up on it and talk to like-minded people, and I will always work to be better, but I'm not sure it will get much further than that.

Am I alone out there on this?

Stormhawk
10-09-2006, 08:31 AM
I write because I can't stop writing.

I quit writing for about eight months, and couldn't write a paragraph if you were holding a gun to my head, but I could still write in my head. I would see things that would inspire locations, hear songs that would inspire scenes.

Oh, and the main character refused to die. Just sat in the back corner of my head with the "you'll be back" attitude. She was right. (Damn you/Thank you Stef! ^_^)

It's not so much I write for myself, as I write what I would like to read. I can't find anything like what I'm writing out there already available. There's plenty of good stuff on the market - and I don't expect to ever get a large audience - but my stories have a right to get told as well.

I'm going to self-publish, I've had a couple of rejection, and I don't want to sit in a slush pile for ten years.

I write because I want to - all other reasons are secondary.

expatbrat
10-09-2006, 08:37 AM
I write because there is something I really want to say and writing in one medium that I find effective. I don’t write to write, I write to communicate.

blacbird
10-09-2006, 08:39 AM
Dam if I know.

caw.

Simon Woodhouse
10-09-2006, 08:53 AM
Do you write in the hopes of being published? Do you write for fun? What's your motive?

A little from column A and a little from column B.

The actual nuts and bolts of what I write, i.e. the characters, the plot etc. have to be something that interest me. But I try to write them in such away that I think other people will be able to enjoy/understand.

RedMolly
10-09-2006, 09:06 AM
I write because I don't know how to do anything else. It never occurred to me that I would become anything but a writer.

Haven't sold any fiction yet (haven't even attempted to do so), but have been earning my living as a writer, freelance or otherwise, since about two years after graduating from college. I tried to be a corporate publications manager, but it just sucked too much. But I write fiction with an eye to making money from it--I'm not trying to copy the latest bestseller, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that saleability is a major concern for me.

And honestly, if the Fates came to me and told me I would never earn another penny from writing... I think a lot of the authorial urge would dissipate. Maybe I'd take up marine cinematography or play bass in a band or something. Anything to avoid the dreaded day job.

tiny
10-09-2006, 09:14 AM
I write for my characters. It stops the them from pissing and moaning at me about what they're supposed to be doing.

(yeah, I want to be published)

sanctuary6284
10-09-2006, 09:18 AM
I write because there is this idea that won't go away. It keeps growing and getting bigger and bigger. I want to share it with everyone else.

I write for myself and I write to share. If it sells, good. If not then I'll turn it into a movie or a game or animate it and post it on the web but one way or another I want to share it.

seun
10-09-2006, 12:30 PM
I write because I like to tell stories. Sounds pretty simple put like that, doesn't it?

NeuroFizz
10-09-2006, 04:05 PM
I write to entertain readers. My stories aren't for me, they are for any readers out there who care to take a chance on me. It makes writing a great challenge.

KimJo
10-09-2006, 04:07 PM
I want to be published eventually (and will be; my YA fantasy series has been accepted, though it's a little vague as to when book 1 is coming out; sometime in 2007), but I've been writing stories since I was five because I had too much going on in my imagination to just keep it all in my head.

awaitingthemuse
10-09-2006, 04:24 PM
I write because I would love to be published one day. I'd love to earn some sort of income from something I love to do.

Gemsong
10-09-2006, 04:36 PM
I write to get it out of my head so I can focus on other things (like driving during rush hour).

Actually I just write for myself. Even if it sucks. I enjoy telling my stories and playing what iff. Even if I never sell a single page, I think I will always write. Can't imagine not doing it.

PeeDee
10-09-2006, 05:10 PM
I write because it makes me happy, because I'm a writer and it's what I have to do. I write because it makes me happier still when I can think someone's READING this; someone's reading what I write! which is what makes me write all the faster. I love showing off for an audience, trying to write better and better.

As for WHO I write for...it depends on the story. I developed a sort of formless audience in my head when I was doing serial work, based on the real audience who read my stuff...I guess I write for them. I don't know. I just mostly write for whoever will read it.

Shadow_Ferret
10-09-2006, 05:21 PM
I write to become rich and famous, but as each year passes the reality of that goal is slipping further and further from my grasp.

enchantedfire5
10-09-2006, 05:56 PM
Do you write in the hopes of being published? Do you write for fun? What's your motive?

I write for myself and if something comes of it so be it.

This may be an unpopular opinion on a serious writer's site, but I personally write because I enjoy it not for publication. I look at it as a hobby, something I like to do (most of the time) but not something I think will get me very far. I'm not interested in freelance or writing articles. I simply like to tell fiction stories. I realize the odds of getting published are difficult to say the least, and I try not to stress about it. If and when I finish that great novel, I will submit it to publishers because: hey why not? But I look at it as it truly is: a hobby nothing more. I don't really have the motivation or the desire to spend all my time focused on writing. I like to read up on it and talk to like-minded people, and I will always work to be better, but I'm not sure it will get much further than that.

Am I alone out there on this?

No, yours truly :)

PeeDee
10-09-2006, 05:57 PM
Wait! Groupies! Can I change my answer?

enchantedfire5
10-09-2006, 06:06 PM
I write because I can't stop writing.

I quit writing for about eight months, and couldn't write a paragraph if you were holding a gun to my head, but I could still write in my head. I would see things that would inspire locations, hear songs that would inspire scenes.

Oh, and the main character refused to die. Just sat in the back corner of my head with the "you'll be back" attitude. She was right. (Damn you/Thank you Stef! ^_^)

It's not so much I write for myself, as I write what I would like to read. I can't find anything like what I'm writing out there already available. There's plenty of good stuff on the market - and I don't expect to ever get a large audience - but my stories have a right to get told as well.

I'm going to self-publish, I've had a couple of rejection, and I don't want to sit in a slush pile for ten years.

I write because I want to - all other reasons are secondary.

I agree with you one-hundred percent! Usualy it's hard for me to get into numerous fantasy books because I find them boring. J.R.R. Tolkien is who inspired me to write. I loved TLOTR so much compared to every other book I have ever read! Then I fell in love with C.S. Lewis' writing (The Chronicles of Narnia and his Space Trilogy-especialy Perelandra). Since then I've only read books by Susan Cooper "The Dark is Rising." But I haven't finished them yet. I enjoyed the first two but as of now I'm bored with "Greenwitch." Does it get any better?

So I am writing a novel that I myself would like to read and my inspirations are not only Tolkien and Lewis, but also Akira Toriyama-the creator of Dragonball Z, lol! I know that's an easy animie to make fun of, I do it myself. But I love it so much. Especialy the Super Sayians and their accensions. Power up!

PeeDee
10-09-2006, 06:10 PM
So I am writing a novel that I myself would like to read and my inspirations are not only Tolkien and Lewis, but also Akira Toriyama- the creator of Dragonball Z, lol! I know that's an easy animie to make fun of, I do it myself. But I love it so much. Especialy the Super Sayians and their accensions. Power up!

I tried watching DragonBall Z because some of my friends really enjoyed it. I guess it was the dialogue that killed me, though.

GOKU: AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Other Guy: GGGGGGAARRRRRRRRRRR-RRRRRRRRRGGGGG
GOKU: WHAAAA? ARRRRRRRRRR!!! WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRG

NARRATOR: WILL GOKU CATCH HIS BREATH BEFORE THE OTHER GUY? FIND OUT ON THE NEXT.....DRAGONBALL Z!

enchantedfire5
10-09-2006, 06:12 PM
I tried watching DragonBall Z because some of my friends really enjoyed it. I guess it was the dialogue that killed me, though.

GOKU: AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Other Guy: GGGGGGAARRRRRRRRRRR-RRRRRRRRRGGGGG
GOKU: WHAAAA? ARRRRRRRRRR!!! WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRG

NARRATOR: WILL GOKU CATCH HIS BREATH BEFORE THE OTHER GUY? FIND OUT ON THE NEXT.....DRAGONBALL Z!

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

enchantedfire5
10-09-2006, 06:19 PM
I tried watching DragonBall Z because some of my friends really enjoyed it. I guess it was the dialogue that killed me, though.

GOKU: AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Other Guy: GGGGGGAARRRRRRRRRRR-RRRRRRRRRGGGGG
GOKU: WHAAAA? ARRRRRRRRRR!!! WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRG

NARRATOR: WILL GOKU CATCH HIS BREATH BEFORE THE OTHER GUY? FIND OUT ON THE NEXT.....DRAGONBALL Z!

Ya I know, it sounds like they're taking a number two. But still, I find the sagas very intersting, especialy the battle scenes. I own them all.

By the way, there is more dialouge than that :)

Goku: "Vegeta is right, you have no honor (speaking to Frieza). For him and for everyone else you've destroyed, I am going to finish you."

NARRATOR: MANY HAVE PERISHED AT THE HANDS OF FRIEZA, NOW GOKU PROMISES TO RID THE UNIVERSE OF HIM ONCE AND FOR ALL. BUT CAN HE? FIND OUT ON THE NEXT EXCITING EPISODE OF DRAGONBALL Z. DI DI DI!

Yet you don't find out until eighteen episodes later. LOL :)

icerose
10-09-2006, 06:25 PM
I write first and foremost for the story. It excites me, entices me and I want to see it in it's fullness, but I always keep my target audience in mind.

Once the first draft is finished and I am re-reading it, then I start looking around, polish it up before sending it out for some opinions, and then start submitting if I haven't found any problems.

Ad Astra
10-09-2006, 06:27 PM
The original Dragonball owned the later two versions.

But on topic, I write for myself--it vents my anger out and helps me calm down. But, when I'm not angry or upset, it just makes me happy. I really couldn't care less if I didn't get published, but the chance would be nice.

PeeDee
10-09-2006, 06:27 PM
enchantedfire5, I think you just made my case for me. Thanks. ;)

I still stand by my groupies.

(which is not strictly true in the positional department, but close enough)

Prawn
10-09-2006, 07:02 PM
I write because every once in a while I would read a book and say, "That sucked! Even a moron can write better than that!"

Enter one moron.

Raiyah
10-09-2006, 07:48 PM
For myself. If anyone else likes it, then oh well. . .not my problem.

veinglory
10-09-2006, 07:52 PM
I write for readers.

Snitchcat
10-09-2006, 07:55 PM
I write because that's what I do, am, and live.

P.S. Dragonball Z.... er... the original was fun, Z was amusing, the rest, *sigh*. :)

PeeDee
10-09-2006, 07:55 PM
I write for readers.
That'll NEVER work! Gawd!

MajorDrums
10-09-2006, 08:08 PM
i write for thinkers.

Elodie-Caroline
10-09-2006, 08:30 PM
I write because I have a very active imagination ... I love the French actor Jean Reno, but think that a lot of his films suck! lol. So I write my stories with him in mind, and no, they don't include me in them, they're not fantasy-love kind of stories, they're mostly crime and thrillers.

Ellie

Jack_Roberts
10-09-2006, 10:34 PM
I write because “she” demands it.

What that means is just what a lot of you have said. I write because the story demands to be written and shared with people.
The ol’ muse popped into my head and demanded I write her story. I write it to get it out of my head and on paper. It feels like it needs to get out into the world so that’s what I’m doing.

I hope it succeeds. While she waits for acceptance, the muse has me working on the second one. After that, it’ll be the third, and so on.

Maybe it’ll never work, or maybe it will. I can only try.

Carrie in PA
10-09-2006, 10:49 PM
I write because I can't sing worth $hit. :D

I write my column because they give me money for it. I'm writing my novel because I wanna. I'd love for it to be published (followed by a string of others, of course). I write because it's just what I do.

And I plan on having an entire stable of really good looking groupies, too. Hubby doesn't care as long as they're all gay. :D

John61480
10-09-2006, 11:48 PM
I write for readers—in the effort to manipulate. I want someone to read my work and go "that's so cool!"...and then ponder. What's up again?

Maybe I'm just full of it.

triceretops
10-09-2006, 11:56 PM
I've been pretty solitary all my life. Not anti-social. Just shy. Writing, rather than verbally communicating is something I always did best. To garner girlfriends, I wrote to them, instead of chase them. I did okay. I feel that I haven't received the recognition I've sought my entire life. Writing and being published is a polite way of asking for it. So....

I want FAME, FRIENDS AND EIGHT BY TENS. No question.

I write to show off to myself, and hope I hook a few readers on the way.

Tri

John61480
10-10-2006, 12:01 AM
Ah, yes—recognition. Very good. Fame, friends and yes, money. This would definately make everything worth while and solidify the position of being a "success". Otherwise, in everyone's eyes you could seem like your wasting time. I mean, wouldn't it be easier to play video games to get that creativity out of the system? Hmph.

Kate Thornton
10-10-2006, 12:09 AM
I write for readers, too. I love it when I make that connection, when someone blanches, or feels nausea, or smiles when they read what I have written. I don't always get to *see* the reactions, of course, but I do get feedback.

A story that just sits there and isn't sent out to be published and read is just a limp little corpse. I need readers to breathe in the life.

Serenity
10-10-2006, 01:03 AM
Wow, an easy, and not-so-easy, question. I write for so many people. I write for me, because I have this idea, this world in me that I have to put down in words. I write for anyone who would read and enjoy a good story. I write for my best friend (who inspired me to write in the first place). I write for my mom, 'cause she likes what I do write and still has some of my extraordinarily baaaaaaaad poetry I wrote when I was in high school.

TrainofThought
10-10-2006, 01:08 AM
My story comes from the heart and imagination and is part of me. I do enjoy writing, but want to be published. I set goals, such as writing, to achieve and share with others. I want to see someone reading my book in a coffee shop, on the train, or even as washroom material (but I don’t want to see that).

misswriter
10-10-2006, 01:11 AM
I write for a lot of reasons.
I started writing because, and this is important, I love to write. I started writing way back in 2nd grade as I'd wait for the buses to come. Later in life, I realized I could get published. Even later, I realized I could make money, and now I'd like to get published before graduation so a good college will take me on, but I still want to write in life, so that's what I'll do. I write for me, first and foremost, but for the above reasons as well. They're "added bonuses" I guess you could say.

Tracey
10-10-2006, 01:28 AM
Thanks for all the great responses. It's so interesting to see the different reasons we all right. Fame and fortune for some, for readers, for myself. I love it. But it seems like we all agree on one thing: we write because we have to. We have to get that story out lest it drive us insane.

K_Woods
10-10-2006, 03:09 AM
It'd be nice if I could earn a little extra money by writing. We do all right, but a little extra wouldn't hurt -- pay off hubby's student loans sooner, some extra in the mortgage or our son's college fund (or even a fund for me, so I can go back and finish), that sort of thing. Even just extra pocket change (I use the term loosely).

It'd be great if I could earn enough for us to move closer to my husband's family (because my parents and brother, as much as I love them, are really far flung from everyone else), and even better if hubby could quit his job. Really great if we could build the home we want. No McMansions, just a nice place for our son (and any future progeny) to grow up.

It'd be whiz-bang amazing if I ended up on the bestseller lists, got interviews on television, TV series or movies produced, or even manga adaptations (hey, it happened to Ray Bradbury)...!

But if I could only be paid in one kind of coin, I'd rather it be readers telling me "This book moved me." Whether story, characters, outlook, or whatever, that what I wrote struck some chord within their soul, and resonated.

And that is why I write.

zarch
10-10-2006, 03:15 AM
I've started about eleventy billion posts and scratched them all. I guess I'm still thinking.

zarch
10-10-2006, 03:16 AM
But if I could only be paid in one kind of coin, I'd rather it be readers telling me "This book moved me." Whether story, characters, outlook, or whatever, that what I wrote struck some chord within their soul, and resonated.

And that is why I write.

Yeah, what you said.

KTC
10-10-2006, 03:22 AM
Tracey, you are not alone. I write for me. If something comes of it, that's great...but I don't care a lot if anything does come of it. (Of course I'm talking about my creative writing here.)

veinglory
10-10-2006, 03:25 AM
I don't write because I have to. If life went a little differently maybe I would have children, or dance, or paint, maybe I would have been an architect or a pastor. I don't think there is any qualitative difference between those who write and those who don't--it's just a way of communicating and there are many.

Arien
10-10-2006, 04:16 AM
I want to find out happens next! :D

TMA-1
10-10-2006, 08:23 AM
I think I write because I like making up stories. On the bus or when I'm at work, I usually start to drift off and start daydreaming, not quite as badly as JD from Scrubs, but still. Doesn't have to be SF stories either, sometimes it's just a character that slowly forms and then as the story about that character grows I need more and more to build around it. Sometimes it's just a good piece of dialogue that I have no idea in which of my many unfinished stories it could go. Perhaps in an entirely new story. I write very rarely though as I find it hard to force myself to do. Sometimes I post it online somewhere but never under my real name, at least not yet. So I guess I write because I need to put my stories down on (virtual) paper and not so much to get recognition.

RG570
10-10-2006, 10:44 AM
I guess I write for myself. I view it as an intellectual exercise. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, because it's supposed to be "all about the story", but I can't leave it at just the story.

Though, I guess I end up writing for readers to a degree. I would be much more adventurous if either I were an established author, or I simply didn't care at all if I ever got published, so the reader obviously figures into it to a degree.

Elodie-Caroline
10-10-2006, 12:39 PM
I don't write because I feel I have to either ... I write because I want to; it's as simple as that.

SeanDSchaffer
10-10-2006, 04:21 PM
Do you write in the hopes of being published? Do you write for fun? What's your motive?

I write for myself and if something comes of it so be it.

This may be an unpopular opinion on a serious writer's site, but I personally write because I enjoy it not for publication. I look at it as a hobby, something I like to do (most of the time) but not something I think will get me very far. I'm not interested in freelance or writing articles. I simply like to tell fiction stories. I realize the odds of getting published are difficult to say the least, and I try not to stress about it. If and when I finish that great novel, I will submit it to publishers because: hey why not? But I look at it as it truly is: a hobby nothing more. I don't really have the motivation or the desire to spend all my time focused on writing. I like to read up on it and talk to like-minded people, and I will always work to be better, but I'm not sure it will get much further than that.

Am I alone out there on this?


It might be an unpopular opinion, but here's one 'serious' writer who agrees with it. At least in part, because I mainly write for the enjoyment.

However, I do wish to make a living off the writing someday. I think publication is a worthy goal, one that every writer should at least think about. Whatever the reason for that publication (money, readership, fame, etc.) I think that the said publication would be very good for the individual writer, to let them know that their hard work is worth something to editors, agents, and above all, readers.

So I do agree in part with what you are saying. If I did not enjoy writing, I would not be writing in the first place.

NeuroFizz
10-10-2006, 04:46 PM
I guess I just don't get into all the touchy-feely romanticizing of writing. I prefer a common sense approach. It is a means of expression, of communication, and of storytelling. It is an intellectual challenge, and it is a satisfying vent of creativity. It is not something that I have to do--something over which I have no choice. There is no imaginary muse that is kidnapping me. There is no overt need to do this or die trying.

Writing takes effort, thought, and self-discipline. It can be addictive, but it doesn't involve fairy dust or alternate personalities. Our characters don't run our lives, or force us to do anything we normally wouldn't do, or at least since we are adults, they shouldn't.

I just don't see the mystique in writing that others apparently experience. And I'd suggest this absence of mystique in no way hinders my creativity in this arena.

PeeDee
10-10-2006, 05:14 PM
I just don't see the mystique in writing that others apparently experience. And I'd suggest this absence of mystique in no way hinders my creativity in this arena.

I've always liked the idea that writing is a craft, like bricklaying or room-painting. It's a job, pure and simple. A plumber doesn't stay home all day and mope because he doesn't feel like plumbing and the wrenches just don't seem to work properly today.

I dont' think there's anything mystical about writing. I think what happens that can seem mystical is merely the result of your brain turning over as fast as it can while you're concentrating on other things, and then turning up with an answer.

That said, I think that stories are important, I think stories have power, and I think there can be something mystical about stories. They can last for eons, they can bring down dynasties, they can change lives and alter the world. That's not mamsy mystical thinking, that's something I really believe. Words last, and they tell stories. That's just what they do.

NeuroFizz
10-10-2006, 05:33 PM
That said, I think that stories are important, I think stories have power, and I think there can be something mystical about stories. They can last for eons, they can bring down dynasties, they can change lives and alter the world. That's not mamsy mystical thinking, that's something I really believe. Words last, and they tell stories. That's just what they do.
Agreed. The mystical part applies to the creation, not to the creator, to the product, not the process.

Maryn
10-10-2006, 07:30 PM
I write for the reader who can hold my book one-handed.

I mean, geez, somebody had to say it, right?

Maryn, who knows she'll never make much money from it

Elodie-Caroline
10-10-2006, 08:26 PM
We are the Puppeteers of our characters; when we say jump, they jump, when we kill them off, they die... We're the rulers of our own written worlds.



That said, I think that stories are important, I think stories have power, and I think there can be something mystical about stories. They can last for eons, they can bring down dynasties, they can change lives and alter the world. That's not mamsy mystical thinking, that's something I really believe. Words last, and they tell stories. That's just what they do.

Sassenach
10-10-2006, 08:39 PM
I earn my living writing. I write for the people signing the checks.

K_Woods
10-10-2006, 09:11 PM
We are the Puppeteers of our characters; when we say jump, they jump, when we kill them off, they die... We're the rulers of our own written worlds.

Some of us are a bit stricter with the strings, though. When a character says "No," some authors will say "Yes," and push them through the prescribed course of action. Others will sit back and say "All right, you have a better idea?"

Sometimes the characters do, oddly enough.

(Yes, I do think characters are just figments of an author's imagination. But I like letting the figments run wild.)

Elodie-Caroline
10-10-2006, 10:04 PM
Yes, I've got to admit; my very first book (which isn't finished yet) the main female character was supposed to be killed off; but I liked her too much and couldn't do it, so she took over and will live.



(Yes, I do think characters are just figments of an author's imagination. But I like letting the figments run wild.)

Shadow_Ferret
10-10-2006, 10:11 PM
I've always liked the idea that writing is a craft, like bricklaying or room-painting. It's a job, pure and simple. A plumber doesn't stay home all day and mope because he doesn't feel like plumbing and the wrenches just don't seem to work properly today.



And you know what? If I could bricklay or woodwork or plumb or even be an automechanic and make excellent money at them, I'd do those and give up this whole silly dream of being a writer.

janetbellinger
10-10-2006, 10:16 PM
I write for myself while hoping against hope that I will have the opportunity to write for readers.

IrishScribbler
10-10-2006, 11:35 PM
I write because I am a writer.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
10-11-2006, 03:26 PM
I write because I have to, because I want to and because it's my way of having children. They'll never grow up to be president or invent a new gizmo or think up a new way to treat heart disease... but they might entertain someone, or make someone laugh when they need to... or cry... or think. Even though they don't live or breathe, they - and by extension, I - can make a difference, even if it's only to my patient (yet demanding) fan club.

aadams73
10-11-2006, 03:54 PM
I write to entertain. I write because I enjoy it. It's also fun to turn it into money.

I guess the answer is that I write for the readers, but also for myself.

TeddyG
10-12-2006, 10:20 AM
(posted this before somewhere in the AW dead files!)

In my younger days I wrote because I thought I had something to say and wanted to be rich and famous, (I kid you not.)

Then I wanted to touch people, move them, see them cry or smile or argue over my words.

When my second children's book was published, oh so many years ago, and I was walking down a street and saw it in the window of a bookstore in Jerusalem (imported all the way from the USA), I decided I wrote because of the feeling it gave me at that moment.

As the years went by, I abandoned the rich and famous desire, and I realized that to touch people you had to be real - first and foremost to yourself - and I understood that the feeling of seeing your book in the window of a bookstore or listed at Amazon, while incredible, does not last.

I realized that all the above were excuses. Simply put, I write for me. To bring out the raw, the untouched, the hidden emotion and the passion. To let that voice express itself, first and foremost to my own conscious mind. I write to let the story out so I can read it for myself.

And when I do that, I know I will touch others. I know the book will always be in the window of my mind and that too is an exhilarating experience. And though I have no clue if I will ever be famous or rich, I do know I have made my own world richer, and I know myself that much better.

JustinThorne
10-12-2006, 12:31 PM
I think it's a combination of creative and self-actualization needs for me.

The process of creating characters, plots, interactions, dialogue, cultures and worlds that are compelling and entertaining; and the craft of making it readable, the process of editing and submitting; of rejection and elation... who wouldn't love it!?!

Plus, as a human being there is a streak in me that needs validation, that needs people to see my creations and to enjoy them... it's not an attention thing per se, but it is all linked to ego... do I want to see my name on a book in a bookstore, do I want to see a good review, do I want to feel that I am good at what I do, do I want people to think of me as a writer? Damn right!

So in a way, I am writing for myself but of course you have to balance this self-actualization off with what is commercially viable. I do write things that I think I would enjoy reading and hope that others will have similar tastes but you have to be aware of avoiding cliches and inadvertantly creating something that has already been done.

Plus, by following accepted rules in stucture and submissions guidelines, I am also writing for another type of audience.

If I put my hand on my heart, I can't say I want to touch or move people, I want to entertain them. Sometimes of course, in the process of being entertained, the reader may be moved or given something to think upon but it isn't my driving force.

It's one big soup...

It's a need, rather than a want... I have to be creative and I have to feel I am good at what I do. I'm also trying to get a better quality of life and I don't mean big bucks, I mean that I am doing something that I love as a living... it's quite an achievement to make a living by simply being creative - people paying you for your creations.

Forbidden Snowflake
10-12-2006, 12:37 PM
I write because I love to write but also because I love others to read my work.

Elodie-Caroline
10-12-2006, 08:16 PM
Well said Teddy! :) I also write for 'me' ... I write the kind of things that I would like to see as films; stories that I don't think I've seen done before, not in the way I would do them anyway. I write them from different aspects of my own personality, from aspects of me that I can never bring myself to show the people I know in my life for some strange reason? That only goes for the good bits of my stories though.
With reading it for myself ... Yeah, I can edit and re-edit my work and never get tired of reading it. I even have a soundtrack in mind for one of my stories too... Gawd, I even want to direct my own story as a film!

Ellie


(posted this before somewhere in the AW dead files!)
I realized that all the above were excuses. Simply put, I write for me. To bring out the raw, the untouched, the hidden emotion and the passion. To let that voice express itself, first and foremost to my own conscious mind. I write to let the story out so I can read it for myself.

And when I do that, I know I will touch others. I know the book will always be in the window of my mind and that too is an exhilarating experience. And though I have no clue if I will ever be famous or rich, I do know I have made my own world richer, and I know myself that much better.

Bubastes
10-12-2006, 08:41 PM
I write for myself. I love to write! The moment I think of someone else reading my writing, I get too self-conscious to write at all. Of course, once the piece is in the editing phase, I write for publication. Nothing wrong with wanting money and readers for my work -- I may be a sicko, but I find the business side of writing almost as enjoyable and interesting as the writing itself.

I also agree about writing being a craft. I view writing the same way I view making music: the end result may seem like magic, but getting there requires an excellent understanding of the underlying craft. And that takes a lot of unglamorous, disciplined practice.

My favorite book on creativity is "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp. It takes away the mystique of creativity (which is why I didn't like "The Artist's Way") and focuses on the practical process of creation. It takes a lot of hard work to make something look easy.

RhinoMom
10-12-2006, 09:33 PM
I write for mood.
I love the fact that words -- in and of themselves -- are just building blocks, but the way they're arranged into sentences and stories can quicken your pulse, lull you to sleep, piss you off, bore you to tears, scare you senseless, etc.

I love the act of creation associated with writing. I find it painful many times to write, but I can never resist the pull of putting the words together to express the way I feel or make someone else feel something.

There's so many different genres out there and they're all made up of the same words, but it's how the writer uses those words that is the magic. And I do think it's mystical.

WerenCole
10-12-2006, 10:25 PM
I write for the little demons that I have in a cage by the bed. . . every once and a while I let them out and have them whip me into shape. . .

I write for my classes, I write for the interested readers of the sports column at my universities monthly newletter thing. . .

I write for motivation, self psychoanalysis, outlets. . . rants, whips, chains, whistles, yoyos. . .

I write cause I like the feeling of typing really fast. I write because after I type really fast I have a lot of work to edit. I write so I can edit. I write so eventually you can edit me. I write because I have some dreams that might come true if I try really hard.

I write because I generally F up anything I actually say in person.

I write to pick up chicks. . . (Mi amore, quieres ir al cena esta noche?)
I write to get out of jail, get into jail. . . the hospital, the sanitarium. I make up stories where I get in and out of these places all the time. I write so you can stay out of them too.

I write to help people, I write to hurt people. . . I write to help people by hurting people.

I can't write. I don't write. Why should I write?

Because I am able, and that is all there is to it.

WerenCole
10-12-2006, 10:27 PM
Wait! Is that a poem I just wrote?


I don't write poems. . .

SJAB
10-12-2006, 10:55 PM
I began writing for me. I had an idea for a story and wanted to see if I could actually write it. I did. I have recently edited that story for maybe the last time and actually submitted it for the first time to an agent. I was proud of it when I wrote it, but frightened of letting it out in the world. Both un-published and published writers have read it or part of it, all wanted to know why I hadn't submitted it. Now I have.

I then started writing to please others, to do create what they wanted me too. I learned a lot, but lost the spark that had fired the first book, maybe my naiveté, maybe my confidence in what I personally could produce. During this time I wrote a large number of short stories and two novels. The quality of the writing improved, but did the storytelling? I don't know.I have tried to sell both novels, had some good feedback from agents, but with the always tagged on BUT. My personal life over the same period has had some ups and downs, lately a number of things has made me look hard at my writing, the reasons I am doing it and why I am still submitting it.

I have started another novel, a very personal story in many ways, drawing in part on family history and the countryside where I live. Will I finish it, hard to say at the moment, but it will be written for me if I do. Same with the idea I have been drafting out today,(something I have not done for a long while) a sequel to the first novel I wrote. A challenge for myself perhaps? Can I recapture the passion that drove me over three years of researching and writing?

ChaosTitan
10-13-2006, 04:21 AM
I write so the voices in my head stop talking.

No, seriously....

yanallefish
10-13-2006, 05:17 AM
:flag: ...because the voices won't stop...


Seriously? I'm with the "well, it's just who I am" crowd on this one. Literally. I get frustrated with it all the time, but I have never had the thought "I don't want to write anymore" or something like that. I've been doing it as long as I can think of, back when I was able to work, when I was in the hospital, when I was a bit braindead, all those times, I just wrote. Same now.

You know something funny though, I've noticed this past year that there's a definite development - I'm not talking about "I'm better than I was" or something. I mean, it's different now. I still write because "that's just who I am" but I also have a part of me that thinks "ok, how can I best use this for something else?" So there's a purpose now.

Sheesh, it only took me thirteen years to figure that one out...

...and then again, well, the voices won't stop... is there actually medication that prevents a person from getting up at four AM because they have to scribble this great idea down, and so they do, and they can't go back to sleep until they do?

Tiger
10-14-2006, 01:22 PM
I never thought I'd get published. I sort of fell into expository writing because a curmudgeonly old deadline for a magazine I helped create got in my face in a decidedly unsympathetic way.

Still, most of my writing involves sales and marketing.

lovelylife76
10-15-2006, 08:12 AM
I write for me because it me makes me feel sooo good!

Cyjon
10-16-2006, 12:09 AM
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I write for her.

That's my niece who has hydrocephalus, vision & hearing impairments, and a whole list of other diagnoses. She requires a ton of attention and the flexibility of freelance lets me help take care of her. Although I love writing that's not my focus. I'm a freelance writer not a freelance writer.

Alan Yee
10-16-2006, 02:15 AM
I write for myself, with the hope that someday I'll get published and people will actually read what I've written. It satisfies me, and if I happen to get the attention of some readers while doing it, even better. Though I'm unpublished at the moment...

HorrorWriter
10-16-2006, 02:18 AM
I write for my audience and myself, with the hopes that I have scared them while scaring myself in the process!

nighttimer
10-16-2006, 05:44 PM
I write because I can't play guitar like Carlos Santana or play piano like Ahmad Jamal or trumpet like Miles Davis.

I write because I can't sing, dance, act or dunk a basketball.

I write because it fulfills me in a way that my wife, my kids, work and nothing else ever has. I write because it took me a long time to convince myself I could write.

I write because I have a story to tell and no one can tell it better than I.

I write because as Gloria Steinham said when I'm writing it's the only time I don't feel I should be doing something else.

:e2woo:

K1P1
10-16-2006, 06:13 PM
I write fiction because the characters or plot won't leave me alone (this doesn't happen very often).

I write poetry to capture a mood or an experience, or just because I'm drunk with words.

I write nonfiction when I need course materials for my freelance teaching, have a contract for an article, or a contract for a book.

I also use writing as a gift, a way of giving something of myself to someone, so very occasionally I will send a special letter (one to a friend in jail a couple of weeks ago was pure agony to write) or write about an experience or group of shared experiences to give to an old friend. Since writing is a craft, just like my knitting is a craft, I am just as likely to write a gift for someone as to knit a gift.

maestrowork
10-16-2006, 06:18 PM
Shouldn't the original question be: "For whom do you write?"?

Ray, being a smart aleck

K1P1
10-16-2006, 06:30 PM
Shouldn't the original question be: "For whom do you write?"?

I guess it depends on what you mean by that question. Do you mean, "What is the audience for your writing?"? Or do you mean, "Whose standards do you worry about, your own or someone else's?"?

Smart aleck - takes one to know one :D

Pat~
10-19-2006, 06:50 PM
I write "to get it out." Always have. I write because it helps me collect my thoughts about something important to me, and because I then enjoy the creative challenge of successfully expressing it. Some of my writing remains private; but some is shared because I wonder if it would mean anything to someone else--if they've ever had that same thought, experienced that same wondering. And when they 'connect' to it, that's the icing on the cake! That, to me, is the best part about being published. Reader response means much more to me than the money or recognition (which is negligible ;) ).

I guess all that really addresses the question of why I write. If the original question means 'who do I hope to please,' my answer would be slightly different. I may or may not connect with a reader or a publisher, but ultimately I'm satisfied if it pleases the God who inspires me, and gives me the ability to think, create, and write.

Roger J Carlson
10-19-2006, 07:08 PM
Why do I write?

Because ever since high school I've wanted to write and publish a book. It only took me 25 years to actually do more than think about it.

For whom do I write?

Editors. No matter who your audience is (children, YA, adults), it always goes through an editor first. If you can't get an editor to like it, no one else will ever read it.

DragonHeart
10-19-2006, 07:49 PM
Do you write in the hopes of being published?

Well, it would be a nice bonus and it is a future goal, but it's not completely necessary. Sure, I hope I'll be published someday and possibly make it my career but if it doesn't work out I won't be terribly disappointed. It won't stop me from continuing to write, at any rate. I'll just keep going until I can't anymore, regardless of being published or not.

Do you write for fun?

If it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it. Writing can be frustrating but it's never work for me. If it felt like a second job I highly doubt that I would have started at all, much less continue doing it.

What's your motive?

I enjoy writing. That's all there is to it, really. It's fun, it keeps me out of trouble, and it gives me a goal.

~DragonHeart~

sassandgroove
10-19-2006, 07:58 PM
Me.

The voices in my head tell me to. NO Kidding. I do have characters that kind of tell me what to write, though.