Friday, December 01, 2017

Writing: What's The Reason?

This is an especially busy time of year...not just for writers, but for all of us. I didn't really plan to be an author after retirement from medicine, but God apparently decided my golf game wouldn't really improve with repeated attempts. And it's been an interesting journey.

In addition to holiday activities, I've been involved with writing (just about to release my novella--Surgeon's Choice--stay tuned), editing (my next full-length novel, Guarded Prognosis), marketing (my last novel of medical mystery, Cardiac Event), and long-range planning (first halting steps in writing my novella, Emergency Case, for release next fall). The publishing houses typically slow down or grind to a halt for Christmas and New Years, but indie authors (of whom I am now one) have to keep writing. That's when many of us ask ourselves why we do this.

The old phrase, "an author writes because he/she can't NOT write," is accurate, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Some people write because they have a story to tell--often more than one story--and they want to share it with their readership. For those who are writing and waiting to get rich at it, I'm sorry to say that many writers work another job to support themselves. And there are writers who find themselves facing a contractual deadline, so they push to finish and submit their work. I don't know every reason. I just know mine.

I started out to tell the story of my life after the death of my first wife. That book is still in print, by the way, after more than a decade. And, because a couple of Christian authors challenged me to try my hand at fiction, I've been fortunate enough to have eleven novels and three novellas published. No, I didn't set out to be a writer, and once I got on that merry-go-round, it was pretty difficult to get off. But I'm glad God had other plans for me.

How about you? Why do you pursue your current occupation? What's the real reason you write...or teach...or turn out parts...or any one of a hundred other things? Let me know.

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Patricia Bradley said...

Richard, write because...I'm not sure other than I'm living my dream. In 1980 these people came to live in my head and wouldn't go away until I told their story...that's when started dreaming of being published one day.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, the co-protagonists from my very first novel (which is still on my hard drive, but unpublished) lived at our house and became very real to us. I still think that story needs to be told someday. Thanks for your comment.

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