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Why you Write and Where to begin

Updated on July 10, 2013

Why do you Write

Why do you Write?

People sometimes ask why I write, and I have thought about that for a long time. My best memory of my childhood was my mother reading to me before bed. Being the only child for ten years allowed her the time to read to me, and every holiday she would buy me a few books inscribed with a loving comment, our names and the date. It didn’t take long to accumulate a library of books that lined my large picture window in my bedroom.

When I was ten years old I began reading the books she didn’t have time to read me, and became an avid reader right down to using a flashlight under the covers when I should have been sleeping. There was one book that really impressed me, and to this day I can’t remember the title. It had pretty gold edged pages and there was a description of a medieval dinner the mother was cooking.

Imagine a simple description of a pork roast cooking over the fireplace, and the description of the room made me feel like I was there, and that was the day I decided I wanted to write when I grew up. From that book’s impression, to reading Heidi, and Nancy Drew, and then every Agatha Christie book I could get my hands on became the catalyst of me writing. Sidney Sheldon another wonderful author influenced me immensely as did a job I got managing a role-play forum for an NBC affiliate.

There are many influences for one to become an author and my favorite genres are Mystery Murders, and Fantasy. I have a friend who writes Fantasy too, but has the same long road with marketing, which has to be the hardest job for every author.

This article is to make the writer think back, and try and remember the first moment and reason of why they began writing, and what road they would like to take in their journey in a writer’s word.

My goal is to have the books I am working on picked up by a publisher and become movies. One book already has a musical CD to represent the world and characters.

Why not share your ideas and discuss what made you begin to write, and what success you expect out of your writing career.

A good beginning point is to hook up to some of the yahoogroups that exchange jobs and ideas. Blogging is also a good beginning but don't think you're going to make thousands a year blogging, it just won't happen. If you join writing forums you would be surprised on how many writers exchange jobs due to them not being in their genre.

Moving on from blogging you can write web content, and articles for companies to keep their websites active. Join a writing group that critiques your work and gives you ideas on how to polish your style.

(c) B. A. Williams


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I used to love writing essays in school and like you, was an avid reader. My first venture outside of school in writing (other than personal letters) was on Hubpages. It is a good way to share experiences with others and keep learning which is also an interest.

    • WarriorWi7hin profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      tis a question I have often pondered myself, why indeed well my reason stems from so much inspiration its pointless to list, I started with poetry really as a way to vent emotions healthily closest thing I can think of to a starting point.

      other than that whatever inspires me inspires me I'm currently thinking of a short story was gonna post it on here in a sequence of hubs not sure at the mo though.

      great hub keep up the good work Ms Williams :)

      - Sincerely WarriorWi7hin

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      6 years ago from USA

      I could hear the eagerness in your writing voice and that will never be taken from you. You seem to exude with the fever us writers have, and nothing can stop that.

      Just the tone of why, how, and where you write has made me a follower.

      Keep that fever to write, its very special.

    • awordlover profile image


      6 years ago

      I started to write at age 10 (48 years ago!) and haven't stopped. I write about almost anything that makes me curious, taking the "what if" to extremes at times. I have pub'd several short stories in magazines over the years, on internet sites (for free) and now on hub pages. I think writing has kept my sanity intact. I am homebound with Multiple Sclerosis, so writing is a creative outlet. I have several websites I oversee, 2 blogs, seven Facebook groups where I am an administrator to an average 150 members. I am an organizer and look for ways to use it to my advantage. I write because......I still can. When MS takes that away from me, I will most likely find something else to keep me going. But until then, I keep on, keeping on.

      Good article! It is a thinker!

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      6 years ago from USA

      Bored, well that's a reason I don't hear much about, but do keep on writing.

    • nicregi profile image

      Reginald Chan 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      I started to write because I was bored. Then I realized that I have the ability to write and write some good stuffs. Back when I was small, i usually win those contest. Started at Xomba to Triond and finally found HP. Never regret and lucky I found HP.

      Thanks for sharing!


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