When Michelle invited me to do a guest blog post, I jumped up and down and said "Hooray!". Because, you know, it's a blog post. And then when she said all I had to do was answer the question, "I write books because…", I laughed and thought, Piece of Cake. No problem. This will be easy.
Um, yeah. Not so much.
You'd think it would be, right? I mean, I'm a writer. How hard can it be to answer the question, Why? Well I'm here to tell you, it ain't that easy. The problem is, I don't think I've ever sat down and thought about why. It's just something I do. Something I've always done. Something, I hope, that I will always do.
Because I live in my head. Always have. And let me tell you, that was a huge problem in school! And when I say school, I mean starting as early as Kindergarten. I went way beyond daydreaming. I mean, I had all these fun lives and fun friends. I had adventures. Daring adventures, dangerous adventures, fun adventures, travel adventures, romantic adventures. You name it, I did it--all in my head. Yes, this really paid off when we had to do writing assignments in my various English and Creative Writing classes. But in Chemistry or Trig? Not so much. Although I did have one adventure that involved a nasty accident in the Chem Lab and…oh wait. That was in my head, too!
At some point, I started writing these adventures down. No, I don't remember exactly when. I'm noteven sure if I know why. I just did--because I had to. Maybe it's an addiction. No, not a bad one. A good one, like exercise. At least, that's what I hear. Personally I think people who call exercise a good addiction are a little touched, but who am I to judge? I mean--I still play with all my imaginary friends!
So maybe I write books because I'm addicted. Or maybe I write books because I'm a little touched, myself. Or maybe I write books because…I have to. It's who I am and what I do. I don't have a choice. Maybe, for me, I write books because I breathe.
Sorry. Was that a little too dramatic or philosophical? Hmm, probably.
Okay, how about this: I write books because I have all these stories in my head, and I have to get them out of my head and onto paper to make room for more stories to take their place.
It may not be the answer you were expecting, or even an answer that makes sense, but that's MY answer…and I'm sticking to it!
So, just out of curiosity and because it's always interesting to hear other perspectives…why do you think writer's write books?
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Game Over: http://amzn.to/1YKos40
Blue Ribbon Summer: http://amzn.to/1YKouZM
Body Check: http://amzn.to/1NRBTtN
Break Away: http://amzn.to/1NRBU0Q
Playmaker, A Baltimore Banners Intermission Novella: http://amzn.to/1NRBWWr
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