Why Do We Write?

Why do you/we write?

That is the most asked question I’ve been, well, asked. (Aside from what’s my real job, but that’s a post for another day. lol) It just kinda struck me how I see this so often and wondered, “Are authors really that fascinating?”

The truth is, at least to me, a resounding, “Yes!” I’m the kind of person that loves to learn everything I can about people and their work. What’s more fascinating than feeling as though you connect with someone else, even if it’s just through a simple thing like a similar thought or belief?

I had that moment when I read Stephen King’s On Writing. More than anything, learning that he’s mostly a pantser and likes to start with placing a character in a situation and let them work their way out. Until then I felt like a freak with everyone telling me I needed to do outlines so I know what happens on page 30 and page 173 and so on. If nothing else, knowing that’s how he writes vindicated me to myself and boosted my confidence to new levels.

You never know when something will click with another published or aspiring author, and I think it’s for that reason I decided to write this post.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years is we all do things for different reasons when it comes to writing. Believe it or not, that’s not something that was apparent to me early on.

My reason is simple: Escapism.

Growing up, I was the quiet kid with few friends so I always had my nose buried in a book. Anything from Treasure Island to Star Trek was a fixture in my backpack. It was fun to escape into the different worlds and forget my troubles (Usually homework and tests).

When I started writing I didn’t have anything more in mind than to share my ideas with my friends. It was one of them that told be I should write a book. I was hesitant at first, but after a couple of weeks of him berating me to do something with my talent ( I never looked at it that way) I gave in and started writing Call of Poseidon.

One of the ways he convinced me was by saying how he lost himself in my stories. That’s when it struck me. My goal became to simply entertain and offer others the same escapism as I enjoyed as a kid and, hopefully, make a living at it. Over the last few years I can’t explain the wonderful feeling I get when someone tells me they love this story or that one. Each time I feel like I achieved my goal.

How about you? Do you want to change the world? Rule the world? Or just entertain the masses with your stories? I’d love to hear from you guys. 🙂

 

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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6 Responses to Why Do We Write?

  1. edireland says:

    Hey Bia…I wrote a short article about the same subject. It must be some kind of standard question for writers. Here was my blog answer: http://crazyenoughtowrite.blogspot.com/2014/06/once-i-was-asked-why-do-you-write.html
    Hope you enjoy the answer.
    Ed

  2. I write to entertain, at least 90% of the time. Make that 99% of the time. For me it is a way to have fun, unwind and share. And when I said entertain – I mostly entertain myself and if anyone else comes along with me then there is more fun for all of us.

  3. Hi! I just want to entertain. If along the way I teach or inspire that would be icing on the cake. 😉

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