I am often asked how I do it or how I get my inspiration (easy – nature!), but once in a while someone will ask WHY do I do it? Usually followed by a question of have I been published (yes) and how much money I make (not much – yet!) but it seems unfathomable to many that I can sit for hours and just………..well, write. Usually for no monetary reward.
Well, the idea!
I guess many consider it a chore, or they don’t think they have it in them. Do they mean to finish something or write an epic bestseller? Probably both, because both require commitment, talent and luck. Or maybe they simply don’t like to nor have the time to write.
But I ask them who wrote all those books in libraries and bookstores? They read them, or at least see the latest movie made from the latest bestseller novel. Yes, those books. Someone else can make the time to sit and write them. I can too.
Ordinary people like you and me, and out of those – the diligent who didn’t give up get published!
There really are only 7 main topics of life to write about:
1. man against man
2. man against nature
3. man against himself
4. man against God
5. man against society
6. man caught in the middle
7. man and woman
It’s all been said before. So why bother?
Because we continue to live it all. Over and over again – all of them. And as long as man continues to live them, the questions of overcoming them are pondered, experienced, and reflected. With success or failure, the cycle never stops.
Hence – we write.
We write to vent.
We write to share.
We write to understand.
We write to create.
We write to educate.
We write to escape.
We write to capture time.
We write to feel/be felt.
As long as we live and breath in love, fear, joy, sorrow, faith, pain and hope – we all speak through our souls about life somehow. Some of us do it in affection, gifts, touch, words.
And some bare their souls through ink.
It’s what we do.