Why Do Writer’s Write?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a  writer is ‘someone whose work is to write books, poems, stories, etc. The dictionary can only explain the occupation of a writer. But not why he/she writes. Why? Because everyone writes for different reasons.

If you write so that one day you can make the big bucks and get movie deals, then I guess that’s alright. But if you’re going to follow and base your story on the current book trend, don’t bother. Like in fashion, the latest trend in books can change into something new. Vampire stories can remain popular only for so long. It’s best to ignore the trends and write what you want to write.

Still we can’t forget that a writer writes to communicate. It as an occupation that allows you to counsel or encourage readers with your message. Regardless if it’s a how to guide nonfiction book or a work of fiction. You’ll gain more fans and followers when you write to benefit  your readers than book sales. This is what will allow your book and your voice to stand out from the already saturated book publishing industry.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry explores the freedom of choice or lack of it. As well as the loss of individuality and differences for conformity. JK Rowling explores the faith and magic of love, loyalty, family and friendship in her Harry Potter series. And how good can triumph evil as long we stand together and fight.

I wrote “Can You Catch My Flow?” because I wanted to chronologize my current poetry. It then evolved into a memoir. My book blogs “Nadia, the Hidden Fire Witch” and “Harbingers of El Tinor” focuses on the themes of choosing your own path. And making your own destiny. The message I’m trying to convey is how our futures are the sum of our past and present choices. So why have our future/destiny shaped by anyone but ourselves?

Food for thought: What is your reason for writing? What underlying message are you trying to say in your story? What kind of books do you like to read? What books have you read whose underlying message has stayed with you long after ‘The End’?

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