I promised I would make up for admitting the usefulness of character sheets. So here we go—a week of Why I Love Writing! This is good for me. I need to remember this stuff right now. Sometimes I forget.
I love writing because I get to discover things—new people, worlds, words, feelings, choices, etc. Yes, I write to escape. I've always written to escape. Most of my life I haven't had the chance to see all the things I want to. Right now, I spend most of my time in a small townhome with my two munchkins. Which is great, but doesn't exactly have a view, you know?
In my head I can explore. It's the cheapest vacation ever. For a few hours I can hang out with my ninjas in San Francisco or immerse myself in a world where everyone has super powers. I can live with Victorian wizards or cyborgs. I love using my imagination. It makes me smile.
I love discovering the story in my first draft, which is why outlines don't work for me. My motivation is not knowing what comes next, wanting to find out. That moment when the next scene clicks? Heavenly. My head buzzes with excitement—I can't wait to write it out.
With editing it's the same thing. Even though editing is hard on me, when I discover the solution to my story's problems, I can't help but get excited. I can fix it! I can make it better. (Don't ask about the time before I find the answers. It's ugly.) That moment is such an overwhelming relief.
I adore getting to know my characters, spending a few moments outside myself to learn how other people see the world and react to it. I adore how different and wonderful people are.
I also love discovering things about myself (okay, usually in hindsight). Like how much harder I can work than I thought. Just when I think I can't do anymore, I've learned that I can push myself further. I've discovered that I can overcome my own fears and reservations. I can do this, even if I fail a lot more than I'd like. I've discovered I really am a writer, for better or worse.
Enough from me. What are your favorite writing discoveries?