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What We Write For

November 16, 2010
By A.C.Worsham GOLD, Cocoa, Florida
A.C.Worsham GOLD, Cocoa, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"We can't just slay the dragon with our bear hands!"
"Yeah, we need gloves!"

I’ve realized something very important over the past few days. I realized that writing something isn’t worth writing unless your enjoying yourself. For a long while, I’ve only been writing what I know will sell. I’ve been keeping track of what stories are becoming bestsellers, which books are at the front of the shelves at Books-a-Million, all to be able to write something that might be there one day.

However, writing, as I’ve seemed to forgotten, is not a job. It is a joy. Writing unleashes feelings and thoughts you have that lay dormant inside of you. It is a journey that you embark on with your characters. Whatever you write whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, poem or memoir, it’s your very own creation. Some are better at the written word then others, but everyone has their own story to tell.

So, from now on, I’m not going to ‘work at my story’ but I’m simply going to write. For the fun of doing just so, and I think all writers should think about this, as a reminder to why we all started to write in the first place.

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on Nov. 21 2010 at 8:29 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I love writing, and when I finish I always look back and realize that the story, if fiction, seems to be an analogy to my life. Ever had this happen to you? I also like to imagine being friends with my charecters...imaginary friends I suppose, you can coin that term on them. C:

on Nov. 21 2010 at 7:48 pm
Alexandrathepoet PLATINUM, Leesville, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
If nothing else, believe in art.

Though I always write for fun, and not a "career" per say, this was very insightful.