Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why Write Fiction? by Christine Locke

A writer might want to make money, make a better world, to be heard, to have fun....

But here's the real answer.  Write fiction because there's nothing else you've ever really imagined doing.  Because it's the one thing you can't stop.  The one activity you can't live without.  Because if you were on a desert island, you'd want water, bread, paper and pens.  Because even if you're poor, the world sucks, no one reads it, and your writer's block is the opposite of fun, you'd still write.

Now given that, one of those secondary reasons might make more sense.  I've always liked the idea of a better world.  I'd love to think that someone will read my story, feel empowered by the example of a character, and go out into their own life with more fire and maybe even some inspiration.  That would be really cool.  It hasn't happened yet, getting told that.  But maybe it will.  In the meantime, I'll keep writing.

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