Monday, November 7, 2011
What are you seeking? by Linda S. Glaz
FAME! FORTUNE! FUN!
What are you seeking when you sit down to write?
Do you write because you have to; like you have to breathe? Because you long for the day when a printed book arrives in the mail with your name on it? (I know, that sounds awesome...)
There's no right or wrong, no good or bad, but what prompts you to sit behind a computer, sometimes for hours and hours pounding away at the keys? I've been told by a few wonderful folks it's to promote God's kingdom and then I read a few of the stories. OUCH! They promoted everything but...And that's okay, just say you're writing to write. Or to make money, or to have people see your name in print. Whatever drives you.
A couple years ago when I was fairly new to inspirational novels, I reviewed one by a "Christian" author. I hoped she might be slightly outside the box, as I love edgy fiction, but edgy in my world, and edgy in hers...hmmm. Big difference. My world of edgy doesn't include enough "private" scenes to make a porn-star happy. YIKES! And it did. Needless to say, I didn't finish that particular review.
What I'm trying perhaps not all that well to say is, just because something has a particular label doesn't make it so. Believe me, I learned the hard way, red face and all. I'm rambling here a bit, so I'm gonna sign off, but think about it...why do you write?
And are you able to admit to yourself, to others, to your readers, why you began in the first place? And why you keep going...