I’ve often been asked the question, what do you write, in fact it almost seems compulsory whenever you explain to someone that you are a writer (and I’ve said many times why this question always without fail flusters me a little) but the one question writers are never asked is why do we do it? Until, this article by Writer Unboxed asked the question: Why do you write?
The obvious answer to that of course would be because I love it. It obviously isn’t for the money, I’ve been doing it for years before there ever was any money and the fact that some people are willing to pay me is actually more nerve wracking than you could imagine. There are some writers, I won’t name names, but I have seen that there are some writers who do seem to do it exclusively for the money, and hey they’re famous so what better reason would there be to do it right? Maybe it’s because they’ve forgotten the struggle that a lot of us authors go through or maybe they just don’t care, but I have to say, I think their writing would be a lot more genuine and authentic if they wrote for something other than because it sells well and makes them money, but perhaps that’s just me. I mean obviously it does continue to sell, (but then I’m pretty sure they could write anything and it would sell) so perhaps I’m the one who’s wrong here.
As a writer it has always been my belief that it is far more important to write what you love than to write what is popular. That’s the whole lesson behind write, defiant! in the first place. Rather than writing something because it’ll sell really well or you can catch a sweeping tide of what’s popular I would rather make what’s popular, and believe me the temptation to just give in and write some godforsaken vampire, erotic S&M horror show because it would probably get me a shitton of readers, is sometimes exhausting. It would be so easy to give in, but that’s not what I want to do, and that’s not what I want to be known for. I write because I love it, it’s in my blood, I couldn’t imagine having to do anything else for the rest of my life, I think I would go insane. It’s an addiction I’ll admit, the thought of ever having to stop for any reason is… frankly a nightmare scenario that I hope I never have to encounter.
Now I’d like to hear from all of you, why do you write?