Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dori: Why do you write?

Because you seek fame and fortune?

Not likely if you’re writing for children.

Because you “can’t not write?” I don’t know about you, but I find it very easy to not write. I can always read a book, catch up on e-mail, meet a friend for coffee, take my dog for a walk, teach my dog a new trick, go to a Zumba class (LOVE my Zumba!), play my mandolin, volunteer at the animal shelter, blog, go to a movie, play a game of Scrabble, do a load of laundry, grocery shop, clean, organize a closet or three (the closets in my house REALLY need organizing)...there are a million things I can do every day instead of write.

But most days I write.


To make sense of the world?

For a long time, I believed this was why I wrote. Writing really does help me make sense of the world. It helps me explore ideas and resolve issues (both real and fictional). Writing also helps me figure out who I am.

But do you know why I really write...what really gives me satisfaction as a writer?

I write because I want to turn non-readers into readers.

It sounds a little egotistical, doesn't it? In fact, it sounds so egotistical that I almost scrapped this blog entry (after all, this is my first post on the Crowe's Nest!) and started a new one.

But it's the truth. I DO write to turn non-readers into readers. That's what it's all about for me. I write for reluctant readers. I also write for beginning readers. There's no greater thrill for me than to receive a letter that begins, "I didn't like to read until I read your 'Do You Know the Monkey Man.'" Or to have a child come up to me during a school visit and say, "Your 'Case of the Lost Boy' was the first chapter book I read all by myself!" That's what keeps me going.

How about you? Why do you write?


  1. If you're egotistical, I'm just as bad.

    I write because I read books that define me. Characters that define who I want to be and stories that define what I believe about people, religion, and pretty much every part of my life.

    But above all, I write because I've read books that helped me. Books that I could relate to.

    And now I'm doing the best I can to pay that forward. I write characters that I hope at least one person can relate to and connect with.

    I write to try and help that one person. Someday.

    So yes, if you're egotistical, I'm just as bad. :P

  2. Sometimes I write in my blog. I'm trying to help people

  3. I write because I enjoy it very, very much. :)

  4. I write so that kids know that they're not alone. Others have felt what they feel, been through similar things, maybe even worse, and survived.

    1. Yup! That's it for me, too. I especially want teens to know that they are not alone and that there is hope.

  5. Because my niece once told me she had nothing to read and I should, "Fix it, Tia!"

    But, honestly, I write because when I'm doing it I don't feel like I'm wasting my time, but I have so much fun while I'm doing it (most of the time).

  6. There are these *stories* that need telling and that make me go all shuddery. I want other people to go all shuddery too.

  7. I think that's a FABULOUS reason! I think when I get my first "I didn't like to read until I read until" comment, I'll die of happiness.

  8. I have people in my head and they won't go away.

    In all seriousness, though, I find writing incredibly cathartic. After a marathon writing session I emerge tired, but somehow relaxed. I get stressed really easily.

    I write for publication because I want to be read. I want some level of validation that all the time I've spent was worth it, and because I want to write books I love to read, as cliché as that sounds.

  9. Your reason for writing resonates with me because that's one of my reasons, as well. The thought of being able to turn a child on to reading is something that is such an exciting possibility. It's also a great responsibility that I need to keep in mind as I write.

    I also write so that there will be books for kids like the kid I was. Here's hoping that those kids will be touched by what I write.

  10. I write to inspire children towards greatness, and to encourage them in their troubles. They sound like lofty goals, but they really are quite simple!

  11. I write because ideas just come to me. And because I love to read books so much that I want to write a book readers will love to read. And because books have made a difference in my life, and I want to make a difference to others and pass the love along.

  12. I think that for all of us we write to touch and inspire a reader--maybe the reader we were. And if nobody was willing to be that egotistical, no books would get written.

    I write lots of things in my journal for processing and self-reflection, but writing for publication is a conversation: author to reader to other readers to non-readers that readers read or talk to and on and on. And hopefully the conversation comes back to the author as well.