I already have a post that talks a little bit about why I write but as with most things in life, writing for me is multi-faceted. So amuse me for a minute while elaborate on the journey:
I have an insatiable love of people
I want to know everything about them and their lives
And a natural outcropping of this is a love of stories
(Apparently these people don’t have to be real ;)
I LOVE stories
Streaming out of my love of stories and people comes my love of the theater
I studied theater for years learning how to tell stories, tell about the lives of people, and help audiences see the world through the eyes of another.
I worked my empathy muscles till it hurt
I had incredible inner dialogue going on
I learned to make brave, bold, interesting choices for my characters
And I loved it
But theater takes a lot of hours away from my children and I could only sacrifice so much of that
I also LOVE film and television
I studied film in school as another way to tell these stories of people
I really enjoyed studying it but filmmaking is expensive (and as it turned out, not a natural talent)
My husband studied English in college and is a published author (I think he would dismiss this because he only has ONE book published. He’s so silly.)
So maybe writing was the way to tell the stories in my heart
But, I already knew that I wasn’t a writer (My writing was shot down really hard and fast a couple of times and I have been a hesitant writer ever since)
But unlike filmmaking, writing is cheap. I’m not talking about publishing; I’m talking about writing.
Learning the craft is taking a while but I can do it at home with my children, who are still young
And I have lots of stories to write (even if only my children read them)
All of them about people
Those wonderful, wonderful people.
Thanks Kayeleen for the excuse to write a little bit more about me. To see why other authors write, see the list HERE.