Reasons to Write
This is just a quick note. November is flying by. I have started my novel for National Novel Writing Month, but I am seriously far behind. I’m just happy I started, but this weekend will be a serious work push. Not only am I writing this novel, but I have a few short pieces to write and a book to read for class too. We are reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (the author of Seabiscuit). I need to write up an analysis for it as soon as I finish.
Class is going well, but I feel a bit overwhelmed. Yesterday we spent a lot of time talking about why someone chooses to write. Why write when you could do something else creative like paint, or music? Why is someone a writer instead of an actor? Every answer I had just seems too superficial. It may not be a question that I will ever answer. I may spend the rest of my life asking myself this. Can you imagine that? Some in the class said that they didn’t want to go too deeply into their answer. I get that. Over analyzation of oneself can sometimes crush creativity. You don’t have to look a every single motive all the time. Human being are irrational and do things that make no sense all the time.
But it bugs me that I never really thought about why I write. I don’t always enjoy it. I don’t always have a burning passion for it. But it is the one thing that I have stuck with my whole life. I read a great column a few days ago, and basically the writer said that you shouldn’t do what you love. You should love the work you have chosen. I think that is a big part of why I write. I am in love with writing. Why else would I do it? No money. No fame. It’s hard on realationships. People will think you are nuts for choosing something with (seemingly) little reward. It’s damn hard work and can drive you crazy…
*Sigh* I am in love. There is no other explanation.
I will probably write more about this later. For class, I have to write a vision statement about myself as a writer. It is supposed to be something I revise for the rest of my life. So a draft will make it onto this blog eventually.
Happy novel writing! I need to get back to work.