Why write?

Why Bother?

There are some days in my journey where it is hard not to get discouraged about this whole writing thing. I come up with an idea for a story only to find that it has been done before, numerous times. I look in to getting published only to find the statistics for getting a manuscript read by a publisher, let alone getting the book in the hand of readers is slim. Not to mention the whole process of getting a manuscript into shape to even consider publishing…

There are some days when it all gets a bit much and I’m left questioning whether this is a smart move – writing fiction and wanting to get it published and in the hands of readers.

It is these days when I struggle to open a notebook or document and get to work. Why would anyone want to read what I write, especially when there are so many other books and stories already out there? What makes me so special?

Then something will happen that will remind me why I write. It could be a new idea or a story that just has to get out of my head and be told. It could be my kids telling me to hurry up because they want to hear the end of the story that is sitting there half finished. It could be a friend asking me when my story will be published because they have a child or know a child that would just love that story. Or it could be something else entirely.

Why do I write? Mostly it’s to get the characters in my head to stop talking. Sometimes they are so loud that I can’t think of anything else. Also because they have a story to tell, and a story that needs to get out there. True some of the stories are really bad and I’ve written them down to get them out of my head and it would take something really amazing to get them in to shape for them to see the light of day. There are others that really do need to get out there.

On those days when I’m getting discouraged, I need to remind myself about why I write. I still dream of the day when my stories are published and in the hands of readers instead of just sitting in my computer. In the mean time, there is a lot of work to do, and I’m sure there will still be days when I’m feeling discouraged. I’ll get there.

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  1. I’d say don’t ever give up or look at the stats. It can happen, you just have to find the right way of publishing. If your kids love your books then I’m sure lots of others would too. It might seem like a long road and a lot of hard work. It is!!! However I can honestly say when you see your name on the front cover it will all be worth while. I look forward to reading you first book!

  2. For me, writing is like parenting. There are days I wonder why I even bother, because nothing seems to be working out. But, then the slightest thing will make me love it again… a smile from a child that was just telling me I was the worst mom ever, a review from someone who has appreciated my book. The key is that if you are doing something you are passionate about, you will find joy in the smallest successes. Great post.

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