Sandi Ault, author of the bestselling, award-winning WILD Mystery Series, was one of the presenters at the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference I attended this past March, and one of her sessions was called Writing for Love, Prestige, or Profit.
To say the class was filled beyond capacity is an understatement. We were very cozy with those sitting around us!
Her class was as packed with useful information as it was with participants. The first thing she had us do is take a few moments to think about WHY we write. I can’t say that I’ve ever thought about it before, so it was an eye opener.
As the session title basically asks, is our goal to make money, become famous, or simply because we love to write and can’t imagine not writing?
She stated, “If you feel called to do this (writing), its a memo from heaven. Put on your boots and big girl pants and do it.”
She named some of the successful authors and the “why” that drives their writing, among them:
James Patterson – Money
Tom Clancy – Wanted to write about co op missions. (Such a huge loss to the literary world when he died.)
JK Rowling – To bring magic into her life.
As I vigorously scribbled copious notes, absorbing every word I possibly could, I discovered my “why” is simply because I love to write. While making money at it would be super, and fame could be fun and perhaps validate my efforts, the bottom line is I cannot imagine not writing. And that is what motivates me to keep writing.
Writing makes me happy, it brings me peace, it’s a God-given gift that would be wasted if I didn’t use it.
And in the words of Sandi, once you realize why you write, “honor the why.”
How about you? What is the real honest-to-goodness reason why you write? What is the one thing that gets you to your computer every day?
“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”
― Tom Clancy “