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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Challenge Day 9: Five Reasons That Keep Me Writing

Today I thought I’d write about what keeps me writing. There’s really really more than five but I’ll keep it short and sweet. There are millions of projects sitting on burners to get to this morning, of course. Plus, I need to putz around this morning and write chapter twelve to “The Boy Next Door”. The characters have called another conference and I need to show up.

Ready or not, here are those five reasons, and not necessarily in the correct order. It’s five am.

1. I ‘m addicted to storytelling. Always have been. Ate lots of soap when I was a kid. An overactive imagination didn’t cut it with mom. Writing is a way of keeping myself from becoming a pathological liar. Good thing I opted for the pen and not the political world. Writing keeps me honest.

2. I ‘m also addicted to books, pens, papers, keyboards, English and Grammar classes, book clubs, libraries, and book stores. It’s pheromonic(did I make up my own word?) when their scents reach my nose. The lust and desire to write is uncontrollable. It burns my soul.

3. The voices in my head refuse to shut up. There’s so many of them that want their stories told. Maybe I’m delusional with Multiple Personality Disorder  with a little schizophrenia. Hmmm. Anything is possible.

4. I get bored easy. The television. The radio. Housework. It’s boring. I have to write to entertain myself. The drama in my characters’ lives is more exciting and the best part is I get to control it without hurting anybody. Well, sometimes without hurting anybody. Sometimes I have to kill someone off. Oops.

5. Not only do I get to entertain myself,  but I get to entertain others without being on center stage.

Now that I’ve shared my reasons, what are yours?

Happy blogging, writing, and reading ya’ll!!!

Shelly

Okay. Being nudged by the sixth reason(told you guys there were more). One day I’ll excuse myself politely from the corporate world to write all day in my jammies. Can’t wait!!!!

18 comments:

  1. My imagination runs wild and my characters won't shut up. I also think it's an escape.

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  2. I write as an outlet. I take all the frustration, the joy, the craziness of my day and transfer it to my characters.

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  3. All 5 reasons. Plus a #6, which is I hate to exercise.

    (You definitely made up that word, and I'm extremely jealous.)

    I absolutely get high in the pen/paper asle. A trip to Offic Max makes me absolutely giddy and I want everything in the store.

    The outlet of writing is just it. You NEED to get it out of your head. I've gotten up in the middle of the night to write things down, but that takes forever. Buy a little mini recorder, and you can listen to yourself rambling the next day. Now THAT'S crazy!

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  4. Shelly, you and I both sound like we need to book rooms at the Rubber Ramada!

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  5. Shelly too funny!
    I love number 1. It hits home. I have a talent for manipulating people, seeing what makes them tick, and watching what they do when put in crazy situations. It's a little dangerous and not very nice. I stayed away from politics and law for the very reason. So I write. My characters don't care if I manipulate them and their situations. It's so much fun to see what they do.

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  6. Jen:

    Too some extent is an escape but its more of a need to write than anything.

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  7. Trish:

    I love weird people and the weird things they say and do. They inspire me to create characters.

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  8. Loralie:

    I need a mini-recorder. That would keep me busy on my long drives south to visit my dad.

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  9. Norma:

    Do you find yourself talking out loud to a character when you think no one is in ear shot. Have scared myself a thousand times doing that one.

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  10. Erin:

    I work with the public...hairdresser...can you imagine the things I see, smell and hear. OMG and LOL

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  11. It's the way I best express myself, so I must write.

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  12. Your little voices told my little voices that I love this post!

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  13. Every single one of your reasons are mine as well. I actually feel down when I don't have time to write. It's an outlet I must have. Hey, it's better than medication.

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  14. William:

    ...and you express yourself very well, too.

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  15. Janet:

    Actually I wake-up four am and try to go back to sleep. But, that's when I dream of zombies. We can blame it on them.

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  16. TC:

    I get grumpy when I don't get to write.

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Let me know what you think.