One of my absolute favorite things is when I get lost in what I’m writing. You know exactly what I’m talking about. You sit down in front of your computer and begin to write. The words flow effortlessly and you get pulled deeper and deeper into the story. Time seems to stop. You hear nothing but your words being spoken by your characters. All distractions just fade away. Sometimes this can last for a few minutes while other times, it can go on for hours. Then suddenly you are released from the trance that you’ve been lulled into by your words. You feel tired yet energized, a little drunk, a little hungover, and a bit amazed by what just happened. You look up at the clock and 3 hours have passed since you first began typing. That’s why I love writing. And just think…if writing it can transport you to another place and time imagine what it would do for a reader. We have within us the ability to transport people to a world that is of our creation and steal hours from their lives. That is a magical power that we, as writers, possess. We can terrify people and break their hearts. We can keep them guessing for hours on end. We can make them laugh and we can make them sob. We can make them think and care about imaginary people. We entertain and anger people. We can control and manipulate all of their emotions with our words. Do you see just how powerful we are? That’s why books have been banned by governments…they gave people ideas that the officials didn’t want them to have. We change governments. We change societies. We change minds and points of view. We change lives. With words. Our words. That’s why we have to keep writing. And we have to keep reminding ourselves of that when we start wondering what the point of our writing is or if it’s a waste of time. And even if the only point of your book is to entertain…great. People need entertainment because it helps them escape from their reality for a while. While they’re reading they don’t think about work or relationship problems or health issues, etc…, and we all need that escape in our lives. So remember, every book is important for its own reasons, so you as a writer are important. Keep writing.
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters I am not. I write to explore all of the things I am afraid of.” ~ Joss Whedon