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Why You Like To Write

Hello. I think one of the most important things for writers to remember, especially if they've been writing for a long time or have been working on a big project for sometime, is the reason why they've started writing in the first place. I thought that it would be a good idea if we just posted a small snippet on what brought us inspiration/motivation/support/etc.

I love to write fanfiction and poetry. I've done some original work before, but for myself, I find it difficult because I'm horrible at setting boundaries for myself and end up losing the story or characterization. With fanfiction, all of these boundaries are already in place. I also enjoy writing fanfiction, because I feel like I'm giving back to the original piece of work and also putting my own thoughts into it. Another great thing is that you meet a lot of people who are fans of the same thing when you write fanfiction.

I like to write poetry, because I first started out with reciting poetry. I recite poetry for competition, and after working on it for a while, many of the poets work inspired me to bring out what I feel in my own original poems. With that though, I hate that people these days are only writing poems about how emo or depressed their feeling. :/  It's starting to really get old and unoriginal, so I myself try to pick topics that normally wouldn't be used in poetry.

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gym_manic
Aug. 3rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea. I love writing fanfiction, for much the same reasons as you do. I find I can concentrate a lot more on my writing when the characterisation has already been developed for me. My first ever stories were fanfiction.

I really started writing because I loved the escape it provides. When I write, I am no longer stuck in this world, but transported to a world of my own creation, where anything can happen.
shinoakkitenshi
Aug. 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
The always asked question of "Why do you write?" A shortened version of the Personal Asthetic. Yet it is always good to remember why you started writing in the first place, the real reason underneath all the fluff of the PA.

As far as I can remember I have been an avid reader. I started out reading the American Girls series. Samantha was my favourite of all of them. Her spunk and zest for life being conveyed through words in such vivid imagergy began the wheels turning in my own head.

I don't remember exactly when I started writing. However I do still have one of my earliest attempts to write. It is complete and utter trash, however it shows me and reminds me how far I have come. There have been many failed attempts since then. Yet there have been several jewels that began as a seed in my mind from that one character.

Writing is a conduit for the flowing of energy that builds as I think. For me it also provides an escape from reality. Where worries, money, or any world drama can't touch me. While writing, everything there is real, everything is in my own control, yet anything could happen.

I prefer the original characters. Learning about characters helps me grasp the human psyche. In the process I learn more about myself. Original characters do not come with the normal confines that fanfiction characters do. However it does force me to set rules/boundaries/limitations and makes me keep in mind that every strength has to have a drawback or weakness.

Over the years of writing, I have found I actually prefer to edit. Editing allows me to help other authors to realize what they want from their stories, while it inspires my own writing. I took a mantra from an old professor of mine that "writing is an act of ego." Through editing, I see other's can do it, so it helps build my own ego to do it.

It is hard to believe that all of this came from a character I read as a child almost 20 or so years ago, but it has. It took alot of thinking to figure out exactly what started my writing. I guess I have to thank Samantha for my start. And thank the author's that have let me edit their work for keeping the spark going over all this time.
writerblocking
Aug. 11th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
I started out as a reader. Then I movd onto Fanfic for a very short while and thats when I decided to try my hand at creative writing for fantasy. My first actuall attempt at writing said fantasy novel was at 13 and yes, I threw it out sadly and regret every day that I have. Since then I have kept most of it. Its like a record of some sort. Besides you never know when you might go back and say, "Hmm.. this is crap but the idea itself..now that might be worth looking into."

Why do I write? Personally its always been about the passion of reading. I would be lying if publishing wasn't part of the idea but not for the fame or the fortune (if your lucky enough for that) or anything. I want to write so that maybe, just maybe one person will pick it up and fall in love with reading like I did.

I love to write. Its maybe not as strong as my passion for reading, but the passion is still there. I just wouldn't be me if I didn't write (as I discovered when I pretty much just stopped for three years) Its still part of me and I love the "burning desire" that shoots through my veins when I know its time to write again.

I have yet to complete something in my 8 years of writing, but I hope to someday and each day I feel one step closer to my goal: a reader who loves my world as much as I do.
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