Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Writing, and Why We Love It ***GUEST POST***

One of the strangest questions I ever heard was put to me in the middle of my NaNoWriMo* victory dance: 

How can you write that much? Don't you ever tire of it?

*that's a 50,000 word writing challenge in the month of November for those of you who are in the dark

At the time, I pushed it off as a silly thought. I could not imagine my life without writing, so how could I comprehend ever getting tired of it? And many writers and authors I know, as well as many I don't, would say the same. Writers are all cut from the same cloth. They write. We write. We don't tire of it.

But why do we write? 

Because we love it.

We love being creative. 
Writing isn't something that is set in stone. There aren't any rules that tell us exactly how to write a story. With most stories, the creator can be as simple or complex as he or she wants when putting together a setting and a plot. One story may have only a small girl of six years old playing jump rope in the park. Another may have a murder with a dozen different characters possible for committing the crime. Depending on the story, the writer has the power to do just about whatever comes to mind. You get to write the rules. A friend and I joked once about a story of African characters set in a medieval Chinese society, where pirates and conquistadors ruled the waters, and everyone spoke French and wore clothing dated to the American Revolution (just so you know, that's a copyrighted idea; please don't steal). There is no limit to the creativity one can pour into a story. 

We love words so much that we simply must use them. 

Words are powerful, little things. It's amazing that in our English alphabet, we have a mere 26 letters from which we can put together little words, short sentences, nice paragraphs, great chapters, and unbelievable novels. And all that came from 26 letters. Even this blog post is comprised of 26 letters. That's something to think about. Words like befuddle, groak, and petrichor stand out among the monotone of every day life, and writers are convinced there has to be a story that goes with words like that. And who'd want to pass up a chance to use such a word as groak?

We love the keen thrill of adventure.
Stories, whether they're located in a medieval hovel in the middle of a fantasy world, on a space ship soaring past the stars, or in an apartment complex in New York City, are adventures just waiting to happen, and as we write those stories down, we get to live those adventures with our characters. We can become a pirate and sail the seas in pursuit of the greatest treasure known to mankind, act the part of a spy during a time when a bloodthirsty war engulfs the entire world, or solve a theft no one ever thought could be cracked. With stories, that adventure is always there, and when we write, we experience that adventure... and all from the safe place of our writing desk.  

We love "what ifs."

Even the smallest story can be sparked by a single question: What if? What if Cinderella's shoe didn't fit? What if a man sold his own brother into slavery? What if there was a world where the rich people were the minority and began a rebellion against the poor folks? What if piracy had thrived and lived strongly into the twenty-first century? What if... what if? That question brings on an idea, which in turn ignites another, until you end up with a passel of snippets, images, and what ifs that you feel obligated to turn it into a story, lest they blow your mind up with the enormity of their numbers. What ifs create the basis for stories, and although each new what if begins a new hunger in the soul of every writer, even we have to admit that we can only handle so many what ifs at one time.Sometimes loving them as much as we do can become an occupational hazard.

Those are only a few reasons why we love writing, but I know that if I went on much longer, you'd all be convinced of the opinion that writers are insane. Yes, I know we are a strange bunch, but give us the benefit of the doubt that we, at least, know what we're talking about.

We're writers. We write. We love it. And that's who we are.

Kiri Liz is the rambling author of Lianne Taimenlore and a couple other blogs which she does her best to remember that she has. A homeschool graduate of 2011, she likes to spend her days madly typing at random stories on her laptop (which her family has kindly dubbed “Precious”), pounding away HTTYD and Pirates of the Caribbean songs on the piano, singing as many Disney songs as she can recall as loudly as she can, sewing medieval costumes from her own design and people’s old T-shirts, and spending time with her wonderful parents and siblings, the latter of which she happens to be number two of six. She currently lives under a maple tree, hoping one day to be a real, published author.

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Kiri Liz said...

Thanks for letting me guest post!! I had a lot of fun putting this together! :)

Miss Melody Muffin said...

Tire of writing???? I don't think that person knew much about writers. :D

That certain, elaborate, copyrighted idea... *grin and wink*

Ooh, I love your point about the English Language only having 26 letters... and everything we write comes from those 26 letters.

EXACTLY. You've summed up very well why we write. :D

Kiri Liz said...

Ah, Melody! *returns wink*

And I'm sad to report that those comments came from my own family (extended and nuclear). They love my stories, but I think I'm still trying to get them to understand writers.


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