Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Why Write?

For a long time I struggled with the time aspect of writing. Why, I thought, should I spend so much time and work on something that may never see the light of day? My main reason for writing a book is to give someone an experience that will reach them like so many authors have touched me, but what if I don't make it? Wouldn't all that time be a waste?

Then, one day, I stumbled across this post on Carolyn Garvin's blog: Writing the Significant Versus the Superficial , and it led me to this post on Murderati by Toni McGee Causey: Comfort Reading.

Toni's words, in an instant, changed my view of the time I spend writing. I don't think I've ever read a blog post that changed me so fundamentally. There's the writer I was before the post, and the writer after. When I begin to doubt myself I think of that post and right away, I have things back in perspective.

I've bookmarked the post and when I get a writing space/desk, I may just print and frame it.

After you read Toni's life-changing advice, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

13 comments:

Jane Isfeld Still said...

I LIKE IT !!! THANKS for sharing :)

Rebecca Talley said...

I don't think writing is ever a waste of time even if it only helps us to see ourselves more clearly. Writing is a journey of discovery and for some of us it's the only way we discover truths about the world and about ourselves and how we fit into the world. Keep writing. Never give up!

Angie said...

That was an awesome post indeed. I always try to remind myself that writing is indeed and act of service.

Kimberly said...

Wow. I'm pretty much without words here, and I think you know how unusual that is for me.

What an amazing post. I'm stunned and awed and inspired by it.

Renae W. Mackley said...

We never know when we will touch someone so poignantly. Writing is worth it just for that. Yet in the back of our minds, we still hope to touch the masses.
Also, how else will a writer be validated if we don't give them our feedback when we are touched? Something to think about.

Karen Dupaix said...

That was awesome, Rebecca! thanks so much for sharing. I needed to read that.

ali said...

That was incredible, Rebecca. Thank you so much for sharing that. What better reason for writing is there?

Debbie said...

What a gift to read that! Thanks for linking to it.

kbrebes said...

Wonderful!

L.T. Elliot said...

The writer before this post? Scared. Lost. Doubtful.

Ther writer after this post?

Hopeful. Hesitant--but willing. Filled.

Changed forever.

Randall said...

Great post Rebecca! Thank you for sharing it. It's refreshing to read posts that grab your insides and shake them up a bit, making you feel, making you see and wonder! I love writing like that where I become the character(s).

Thanks again.

Randy

Maria Hoagland said...

I'd always thought about how the writing helps me work through issues or entertain me, but of course, I really want to do that for someone else. Thanks for this post that helps me visualize the importance of reaching maybe one such person.

Thanks!

Taffy said...

WOW! Thanks for the links. Great writing that touched & changed me, hopefully for the best.