Friday, October 29, 2010

Why I write...

Writing a book is HARD. Publishing a book is even harder. And, I'll confess, there have been quite a lot of times when people have asked me (or--fine--sometimes I even ask myself):

Why do you put yourself through this? 

And the answer is this:

Kids. 

READING!!!!

Reading was a huge huge HUGE part of my childhood. In fact, I could've very easily been one of these kids in this picture. (If it IS from 1986 I might actually be one of them. Hm...I don't *think* I ever crimped my hair like that...) And I don't know what I would've done without all the books I read growing up,

I'm not exaggerating. My family was pretty darn broke when I was a kid. So going to the library, where I could pick ANY BOOK I WANTED and take it home to read over and over and over was the biggest treat EVER. 

I know kids are different now than they were twenty years ago. But...when I go to bookstores or signings or book fairs I still see kids there, reading books. Buying books. Loving books. And I hope hope hope someday mine will be one of them.

Money? Fame? Eh...I honestly don't care that much about those. Not saying they wouldn't be nice...but they don't really have anything to do with why I write. I write because I love telling stories. And hopefully one day I'll get to share those stories with kids and have them sitting in a circle in a bookstore or library, reading MY book. THAT's why I do this.

What about you? Why do YOU write?

33 comments:

  1. That's a great point about the library. It gives access to books where otherwise some children (and even adults) couldn't be exposed. Libraries are really such a blessing.

    I write to learn and hopefully to inspire. In the world we live in today, we can use all the inspiration and mental escapes we can get. Writing is a form of therapy for me and my very own personal escape. ";-)

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  2. I love your reason for writing and share that passion. My biggest accomplishment would be if I could get a kid that doesn't like reading to start getting into books because of my story. That would be... wow.

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  3. I write because I hope my stories will reach out to a teen going through a similar situation as my mc, and hopefully make a small difference in her life.

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  4. I write to inspire others to pursue their dreams - and when a fan tells me she was so inspired, it makes it all worthwhile.

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  5. Thank you so much for this! I really needed the reminder of why I write. I do love it; the feeling of creating something.

    Happy Friday! :)

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  6. I write because the voices in my head tell me too.

    Seriously, I write because I've had many occupations in this life and this is the one I've always returned to. It's what I love, it's what I've always wanted to do, it's what keeps me sane in an insane world.

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  7. Awwww how sweet!! :-) It's a brilliant reason to write - just watching kids explore word you've written and be enthralled by them!! That's great!

    Why do I write?? Cos I'll explode if I didn't! LOL! Take care
    x

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  8. I remember crimping my hair!

    This is such a great post, Shannon. I write to reach out to kids and provide an escape from reality. Don't get me wrong, I love all the books out there that deal with very serious issues, but growing up, I mainly wanted an escape, and I found it in books. I hope I can give that back to kids today.

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  9. Great post today!

    I tell stories because I love it when someone connects with them, and laughs or gasps or just wants to know what happens next. I love making that connection. I write my stories down because I want to leave something behind of myself, and because I want to be remembered (even if it's just by a few people) for giving something to the world.

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  10. Well, bugs, my eyes teared. What an honorable reason to write. I wish you the sale you deserve.

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  11. I know very well what you go through, the time and energy involved in your writing. Yes, it is in you and it MUST come out. That is what sets an artist apart from the rest of us.

    I occasionally write letters, mostly to get my scrambled thoughts in order, hopefully one of my letters will reach a heart or two.

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  12. I crimped my hair like that!!! And then crimpers came back in vogue when I was 14 and 15, and I crimped my hair then, too!

    I write because I just have to write, but I agree with you about loving it when kids are reading. Reading was a huge part of my childhood, too. We didn't have a lot of money either, but my parents never ever said no to buying us a book. And we also took advantage of the wonderful library!!! I will forever be grateful for librarians and libraries!

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  13. It's emotional therapy.

    And I'd like people to like what I pour onto the page. That would be nice. But not necessary. I'll keep opening that vein.

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  14. Thanks for reminding me why I write. Because a little voice is getting louder in my voice asking me why I'm doing this. I needed to remember why to stay inspired and not quit.

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  15. I want to share my daydreams with the world. If someone else loves my work, I'll be overjoyed!

    Great post!

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  16. I write because I can't NOT write! I love it too much. Reaching readers is the icing on the cake. Money? That would be nice, but I'm not doing it for that reason. And through writing, I've developed a love for nonfiction that never existed before. So many possibilities....

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  17. I write because it feeds my soul, and I hope it will feed others' souls too. Especially children. That's the dream.

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  18. I write for both myself and my readers. I have to write, it's something I have to do. And if others enjoy it, that's just awesomesauce.

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  19. I LOVED the library as a kid. We lived in a small town the library consisted of two rooms. I think I read every single book in it.lol

    I don't give a crap about the money or being famous. I want to make an impact with my stories like some of those writers did for me. That's what it's all about.

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  20. Yes! I love my readers already, is that sane? Probably not. LOL about that picture. I remember trying to crimp my hair. It never quite worked out for me, thank God. ;)

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  21. hi miss shannon! that picture is neat. i was thinking one of those kids maybe now is a writer and maybe got published. how cool is that! i got started writing first for journaling my feelings when i first got real sick. when i did it felt just like magic coming out of my pencil and i said WOW i love writing! then i did stories and then a book for more younger kids. so for me i write just cause i love it.
    ...happy halloween hugs from lenny

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  22. I write because I love to create, anything. Creating just makes me happy.

    And I've always loved stories.

    Plus I have these crazy people in my head that want their story out there.

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  23. I hear ya' girlfriend. I hope to be among them someday too. The kids reading mine would be older though. :) I hope we both achieve that dream. Yay!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  24. I do it for the same reason - and it's also the reason I write children's books over any other genre. There are a few books from my childhood/teen years that I *know* are the reason that I love reading today. Adults don't generally fall into a love of reading; usually they've been book lovers their whole lives. And I would absolutely love the chance to be the author that got a kid or a teen to enjoy reading.

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  25. I write because I love telling stories, and I would love for people to read them and enjoy them! Thanks for posting this.

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  26. So awesome and sweet ;o)

    I write because it's an escape, just like when I read. I get to live in another world, get to be other people or creatures. I don't have to be me, even if it's for those brief moments.

    And if what I write makes someone else feel that, than I've done my job ;o)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Writing is how I sort out the thoughts in my head. I need to get them on paper (or on screen) to make sense of them.

    And I'm with you...the sight of a teenager getting excited about a book warms my cold, bitter heart.

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  28. I write because I've always wanted to be a writer. I've let a LOT of things get in the way of my writing over the years, but I always come back to it. It is my dream and I can't give up on it. I'm not letting anything get in my way anymore! I write because I want to see my name on the cover of a book. I want to see that book displayed in a book store. I want to be able to share the joy of reading with kids.

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  29. I write because, like you, books were my escape. We too were poor and I can remember frantically riding to the library EVERY.SINGLE.DAY during the summer so I could find another book to devour.
    I want to be able to give that to kids. Books are one of the great equalizers in our world. It doesn't matter how much money you might have, you can have access to the entire world through books.

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  30. I write because I have something to say. And because I have way too many thoughts, and if I keep them in, I might go crazy :)

    Nice post.

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  31. I still love the library.

    I write because I love books and stories and poems.

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  32. Sorry I missed this, beautifully said.

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