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Still More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

This particular discussion began on July 18th and continued on July 20th and July 23rd… Why writers write

And, the reader comment that let me continue the conversation today was from an author in the United Kingdom:

“My writing is usually inspired by some kind of injustice. I feel strongly enough about something in the news or someone I have met, to try to write about it and change people’s views. I want to leave a legacy of books that reflect life today while at the same time trying to right wrongs – the way I found impossible as a local politician as I was always in opposition. From the way disabled folk are treated to the warning of scams on the elderly, each book covers an aspect of life that I wish I could influence.
I hope this is what you were looking for – Julie.”

I’d mentioned to Julie that the comments on the July 20th post were both about How writers write and that hers was about the Why

If this post encourages you to comment, consider exploring either the how or the why of writing, or both :-)

But, to respond to Julie’s comment, I feel my own writing is driven by a sense of justice, even if I focus on a character who’s breaking every precept of equity…

Julie’s comment about not being able to aid justice while she was a local politician is most interesting to me, a citizen of the USA; since, no matter the outrage I feel about the political situation in my own country, I work to avoid writing directly about United States politics—that would just feed into the turmoil and opposition and do nothing to induce a sense of unification… (though, there are times I complain when among friends—I’m also working to stop that since my friends shouldn’t have to put up with my ranting…)

In my stories, I put the politicians in an unidentifiable fictional world, even plop them down on planets orbiting other stars… That way, folks can have a discussion about their antics; but, it can be much calmer and more sane than an argument about personal politics…

But, why do I try to avoid enflaming folks’ political positions in my writing?

Because, oppositional politics is ripping my country apart and I’m just not the type of writer who wants to aid or encourage dissolution…

I feel I can hint and point at dysfunction while also showing folks who’re attempting resolutions; and, hopefully, I won’t trigger any real political storms…

I’ve never read Julie’s work; but, from how she’s written about her Why-of-Writing, it seems she might agree with me…

Obviously, it would be extremely rare to find only one kind of why in a given piece of writing—our whys seem more capable of mingling than our hows…


If you write, what are some of your Whys?

And, if you don’t write, what type of Whys do you like in your reading?


You may want to comment on the How of writing………
If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

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3 responses to “Still More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen July 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

    A Why –
    Now that is difficult. Why, for example, do I write instead of painting?
    When I was younger I painted a lot, so why have I taken to writing? There was a phase from my late childhood to my early teens when I worked on what I called “serials”. I think the idea came from watching serialized fiction on TV. For every “serial” I invented a familiy and told their story over several decades, in one case centuries. On the top of the paper I wrote what happened in the year, then I painted a picture. It took a lot of research to find out what happened in the year I wanted to paint, what kind of clothes people were wearing, and I had to think about the people I had introduced and what should happen to them.
    A finished “serial” comprised between twenty and several hundred pictures. So maybe I turned to writing because I can tell my stories in a more economic way using only language.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you, Martina, for enabling the conversation to continue :-)


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