I recently came across an article called 5 Reasons why you don’t need to write a book. The article seems to be written for folks who want to write non-fiction, but I think it still raises some interesting questions.
Most who write non-fiction are trying to make money, gain authority, or kick-start a speaking carrier. The article sends a wake up call: A book does not guarantee any of those things.
If you write fiction “for the money,” you will always be dissapointed unless, of course, you’re Michael Crichton.
It’s a worthwhile exercize to sit down and reall consider why you write. If you don’t have a good reason, you might as well give up now. You’ll never finish that novel, anyway.
Personally, I don’t write just so I can make money. I write because I have to. I’ve got stories in me that are messing up my insides, clawing to get out. Writing them down makes me happy. As an added bonus, writing is like therapy for me. Whenever I feel down, I get to just kick Corbin (or whatever character I’m writing about) around for a while.
That’s not to say I don’t want to ever make money by writing – it would be great to write full time an not worry about money. I’m just not counting on it.
So anyway, why do you guys write?
P.S. Thanks to all of you who have given encouragement and feedback to me as I’ve posted my little fictions here. I’m talking to you darc family, Bart, Cory, Emmerson, Rob, Glenn, Tahjir, and everybody else I’ve forgotten. You guys are like yet another added bonus.