June 30, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Why I Write #MFRWauthor
For the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog hop, this week we are talking about why I write.
Why I write…huh, that seems like a simple question, so I will give you a simple answer, for now. I know this is going to sound cliche, but it’s truly because I have to.
Every day, even when I’m crafting and writing another story, I’m thinking of ideas for future books. Whenever I see a cute couple on TV, or overhear a conversation in a public place, or read another author’s romance book, it inspires me to write down an idea that comes to me, usually right before I go to bed, so that I can later turn into a book.
Inspiration to write, for me, comes from everywhere.
Just as your tastes change in books, movies, TV shows, and music, it’s the same for me when I’m writing. Unless I absolutely love the idea, which means for me, getting out a notebook and a pen and writing down as many what if questions I can think of, it usually goes into the large notebook of story ideas where it sits (and sits). But those stories that inspire me to outline right away, I develop those ideas into a structure of a book I can write. When that happens, I’m as good as gold. I can always fill in the details as I’m completing my outline, or entering my notes in Scrivener, but if I have the bones of the story written down, I’m half way there.
So that means as a writer, I have so many story ideas, thoughts about how to make a new couple fall in love, that I can’t quit. Sometimes during the writing process, I want to. Oh, I how I want to. Too many times to count, really. But when I read the story over, I realize why I fell in love with my characters and get excited about what they go through during the course of their story, and it brings a smile to my face. Those are the moments that keep you writing. When you realize that not everything you put down on paper is shit, despite what Ernest Hemingway believes all first drafts to be, you want to create more stories.
And then there are the reviews. I’ve heard, many a time, that reviews are for other readers, not the author. To me, it doesn’t matter. If one person, just one person, loves my book, well it puts a smile on my face as I write the next book and the next one after that. I get excited for even the so-so ones, because someone has taken the time to read something I created from a few random thoughts that developed over time.
Don’t get me wrong, being a writer is hard, the hardest thing I’ve ever tried in my life. But the satisfaction you get from completing a manuscript, getting cover art, and sending it out into the world to be enjoyed is all worth it!
Here’s to all the writers out there. Keep doing what you’re doing!!