This post is by Joe Stephens
I know not everyone who reads this blog is a writer, but all of us who contribute to it are, so this post is partly aimed at my fellow Wranglers and Warriors, but what I’m writing will no doubt be things they already know, so it’s really for a general audience too. I want to talk about the reasons I love being a writer. If you are a writer, you may have a different list. If you aren’t a writer, you may find that it’s something you want to try when you find out why we enjoy it so much.
- I get to make up stuff and no one calls me a liar. Now, granted, this one doesn’t apply to all writers at all times. Even me. But in my books everything is mine to decide. And even if I base an event or place on real life, it’s fiction so I can change it however I want. Don’t like a character? Kill her off. Like a character? Give him a sexy girlfriend. Need a conflict? I’ll make one up. And it’s not only not considered immoral, it’s downright encouraged.
- I never have to face reality. Well, okay, maybe not never. But never for long. If I had a bad day at work and come home to a big bill in the mail, I can easily escape through my keyboard into the world of my protagonists. Do they have problems too? Sure, but I have control over those and they’re generally solved in under 350 pages. And besides, unlike me and my life, they’re both pretty and madly in love with each other. Additionally, they can eat all the pizza in the world and never gain an ounce. While I’m with them, I have no troubles over which I don’t have control. And that’s nice for a change.
- Even if I never sell a book, it’s a fun, cheap, stress-relieving hobby. Sure, I do all my writing on a laptop, but those are dirt cheap nowadays. And even if I didn’t have that, I still just need paper and a pen. Worse comes to worst, charred stick and a piece of wood will do, but I’d hate to write a whole novel that way.
- I’ve met all these other folks who are just as weird as I am. We say stuff about killing people and hiding the bodies and stealing and having affairs and other stuff that, if we said them to anyone who wasn’t a fellow writer, they might call the cops on us, or at least excuse themselves from the table and never come back. We speak the same language. And we support each other. We’re just as happy when another writer succeeds as we are when we ourselves do.
I could go on for a bit, but I’ll leave some things for you guys to say. What are the joys you derive from being a writer?
Joe Stephens is a teacher at Parkersburg High School. He is also the author of Harsh Prey, Kisses and Lies, and the recently released In the Shadow, all of which are available in paperback and Kindle formats. The paperback may be purchased from Createspace, Amazon, and most online booksellers. In the real world, you may purchase from J & M Used Book Store in Parkersburg and from the author’s trunk.
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