Tuesday, September 24, 2019

WRITE What You Love to READ

Steven Spielberg said he makes the movies he’d like to see. It’s that simple.

So it is for me. I write the stories I’d like to read. Good thing, because read them I will, over and over, before I move on to writing the next story I’d like to read.

This is my answer to the question of why I write for kids, why I write what I write, and why I write, period. I like to read. That is the why and the what.

There are writers who wouldn’t write commercial books if asked, because they don’t read them. Others wouldn’t write literary fiction because-- ditto. If you love reading who-done-its, Science Fiction, or romance, you could try writing one. Writing is a thorough engagement, and such is rewarding in a deep way when it’s what you like.

All the rest are the dues we pay for this privileged existence.

©Ofra Amit (from A Velocity of Being)


Vijaya said...

Me too. But there are lots of things I love to read, like a good romance, that I don't know how to write...yet :)

Mirka Breen said...

Your YET may be the pivotal word ;)

Barbara Etlin said...

I agree with you and Vijaya. Luckily I love reading MG novels.

But, unless I go to law school and become a lawyer (and there aren't enough shopping days left before Hanukkah), I'll never have the background required to write legal thrillers.

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Mirka Breen said...

It's amazing how much I *learn* when I write a story. Even non-lawyers can write legal thrillers if they are passionate about them. I doubt romance writers all have magnificent love lives, and practically all published children's' book are written by adults who must imagine the child they once were. But I am not suggesting you go to law school, Barbara. Enjoy the field as a spectator.:D

Janie Junebug said...

I write for myself. I write me.


Mirka Breen said...

Your posts are definitely personal, which is part of their charm.