Two weeks ago I wrote a post on Why Do You Read? and today (and tomorrow on the Alley), I wanted to share something that has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks. Why Do You Write?
Recently I read the comment that if only "I could write for fun". I sat back with a thump, my eyes blinked twice and I leaned in close to the computer screen. Surely I had read that wrong. Why can't writing be fun?
The question has been brooding ever since. In every business, job, occupation, you are going to have tasks you aren't going to like. Even in the jobs you love, you are going to have aspects of it that just fail to be enjoyable. I am not naive, I know writing fiction is hard, draining work.
But when does something that should be pleasurable, become obsessive?
Maybe this is just me, but I have to find enjoyment in something to really put my whole heart into it. I am a hard worker, but if forced to do something I have no passion for, I struggle and grind my way through everyday to complete, do I really want to spend the rest of my life doing that?
And I will confess fiction was becoming such a thing for me in the last few weeks. Thus, my mission to put "fun" back in fiction. If we become so driven on one goal, one dream, one mission, we are going to miss the easy flow and enjoyability that brought us to writing fiction in the first place.
I will continue this discussion tomorrow on The Writer's Alley, but until then I leave you with a question, and ask you to think about why do you write?
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