Friday, June 7, 2013
Why do I write?
It's a very inconvenient addition to my day. These days it means, after an all-day stint of math research and a good afternoon run, with a pile of editing deadlines awaiting me in the evening, I have to squeeze in an hour or two to whittle away at my little bundle of words. But I still do it. In fact, I do it as a first order priority.
Why? Because I love it. Lately, I've been failing to meet many other goals because I've been putting writing first, and I'm realizing that's not a bad thing. There's nothing that satisfies me more in a day than the special moments I spend with the story, the way it expands just a little bit more, wrapping around me like some sort of creeping vine. There is a joy that I discover in that hour or two, when time seems to stretch out and a different kind of reality takes over.
Writing, for me, is not about vanity or money or fame or the pride of calling myself an author. A good thing too - because all such things have led to disappointment. I'm not concerned with any of that. What matters: the words, the story that continues to be written, the lessons to be learned along the way. It's what starts us all off, and keeps us going.
Here's a good reminder to all writers, experienced or new: don't get lost amid the promotion. Find the balance. Go for a run, cook a nice meal, enjoy a glass of wine, watch a good show on TV, see a movie. Write. Write. Write. Make sure your mountain is not upside down. I do a little bit of promotion for my book every day, but it's just a little, and little things add up to big things when you add a lot of them together.
So, why do we write? That's a good question to ask yourself, and I'd love to hear from you!
Graeme Brown is a Winnipeg author and junior editor for Champagne Books. He writes epic fantasy, with his first story, The Pact, now available. He is a frequent blogger and a tweeter, and a third year math student (those with such an inclination, come visit out his math blog).