Why I Write

I write because I must.
I write because I always have and always will.
It’s as simple as that. But I’ve been told to write 1,000 words (link here), so I’ll give it a shot.

Words have always been my comfort and strength, because with words one can be drawn into a different – a better – world.

I’m the oldest child – and on one side the oldest grandchild – so people were happy to come and entertain me. I learnt my words early. I’ve always loved them.

When I was really little, I’d happily lie awake telling stories to myself. (Mum and Dad tried to record me, but it didn’t work.) For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be an author. Whenever someone asked me as a kid, I’d say that.

When in primary school, I didn’t have the best of times. I was smart and picked on by those who weren’t. Also, I never really liked playing sport at lunch – instead, I read books. Later at high school, my lunchtimes were taken up by writing stories.

As an author, you create your own world. I’m something of an idealist, so in my writing I could create the world I wanted to live in, or dream about possibilities. You’re the boss! You make the rules and build the world. It’s sometimes a scary responsibility. Other times it’s a lot of fun.

Gah. This is harder than I’d thought. Um.

I think the person who inspired me into writing as a career was J. K. Rowling. My favourite series is the Harry Potter books after all and her ability to weave words really delighted me. Then I read her personal story. Wow.

I write about the things I love and am passionate about – usually involving some sort of futuristic or fantasy world where issues of social justice and other things can be touched on. For instance, my current story’s setting is some hundred plus years after a war that was started due to climate change causing a lack of resources. I also have a big thing about the future in my stories.

I write because I can’t stop. For example, due to various things my uni holidays were nowhere near as productive as I thought they’d be regarding my writing. I just stopped for some weeks – got distracted. But I could never stop indefinitely. The characters exist in my head and for one thing, they know there are at least three books worth of story in there, including some powerful scenes. To leave it unfinished would be terrible! Not fair on the characters. They are a bunch of naggers and I’m grateful for that. 🙂

For the longest time, they’ve existed inside me. It is merely my job to listen and watch and learn from the world around me, then put my fingers to the keyboard and write their story.

This blog is one thing – but in reality, my books will be my megaphone, I hope. Listen to my voice.

(531 words. Not bad.)

Oh! Check out Pavowski’s vision post: it makes some really good points about what vision is. It is so apt, capturing my idealistic nature and tying into this post: http://accidentallyinspired.com/2015/07/25/the-weekly-re-motivator-visionary/