Why do we Write?

The other day I saw this statistic “over 770,000 new books will be released this year.” (Don’t remember where I read it though) These books are from authors who are well-known and those, who are like me, not so well-known.  I asked myself this question, “Why do I write?”  Why do I write if I am such a little fish in a great big pond of authors who are struggling to gain followers who like their material?  I had to take a day and think about it, because I’m not a defeatist, and at that moment I was feeling pretty defeated.

Why do we write?  What underlying factor exist in us that makes us want to tell a story?  I told myself that in reality I couldn’t answer for anybody else except for me.  So I made a list of why I write.

1.  Creative outlet…

2. Peace of mind…

3.  Like to entertain others…

4.  Legacy for my children, grandchildren and so forth…

5.  I see my characters stopped in mid action, tapping their feet when I don’t write as often as I should…

6.  Gratification of finishing a project…

7.  Hopes of seeing the series made into movies one day (hey I’m being honest)…

8.  Research opportunities…

9.  Great experience in the literary field, especially for my PhD work…

10. Enjoyment!

I probably could add a lot more on there, but I think ten is enough.  Writing is an enjoyable, creative outlet which brings me peace of mind when I finish a book.  I do hope one day young children all over the world will pick up the books and get lost in them.  That’s why I created the series, for my children and others.

So… why do you write……?

 

Chainbooks.com – Writer’s Wanted!

I’ve met this wonderful guy who has come up with a unique writing experience for everybody.  Chainbooks.com is a company which will soon be up and running on the web.  I really am impressed with Matt Evon and Chainbooks because as a future teacher, his goal is to make Chainbooks something that schools would eventually utilize in helping children experience writing chapter books, and at the same time teaching them to process and develop storylines, characters and enhance their writing ability.  It’s got great dynamics!!!

Matt still needs help with acquiring “Starter Chapters” though.  These “Starter Chapters” need to be about 2500 – 3000 words long.  As a “Starter Chapter” author, you receive a payment for the “Starter Chapter” plus you will receive royalty payments once the book is completed and copies sold (payment is based on how many are sold).  You can get more information at http://www.chainbooks.com/.