Wednesday, November 4, 2020

#IWSG: Why do I Write what I Write?

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The question for this month is why do I write what I write? That is a very intriguing question. I've been writing for about 30 years. The main thread I've written is romance. I enjoy the thrill of feeling loved, cherished, and watched over--of which I missed out on while growing up.


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Writing has always brought pleasure and fostered escapism. It's as though I'm experiencing firsthand what the characters are.

I started out with high fantasy because world-building came naturally to me. Centaurs, goblins, elves, gods, monsters. It's been decades since I've touched on this genre, and I plan to explore that again in the near future. I believe it will be like visiting an old friend who has not forgotten me!


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 I started dabbling in realistic fiction in 2011 and haven't turned back since (discounting historical which is my utter favorite right now--it takes place in Renaissance times where chivalry was ALIVE!) Le sigh.



F. Hayez, The Kiss, 1859. © Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy / Bridgeman Images




Romeo and Juliet painted by Frank Bernard Dicksee in 1884



Because chivalry extended into the Regency Era, I also plan to dabble there a few to try my hand. It should be an easy transition, right? Haha!

I've written a thriller where the love interest is killed because of poor choices but that was my entire point of the book--almost like a cautionary tale. My books tend to be uplifting and light. Ahem...

I find my writing as a great means of escape. If I had the choice to go to the movies or two hours of uninterrupted writing time, of course, I'd choose writing! Writing is beautiful!

I would love to know what your reasons are for writing?


21 comments:

  1. Your reasons sound like what other fantasy writers say. I have always been in awe of how S/F and fantasy writers can create such fascinating and unique worlds. I can't. My world is recognisable. Which is okay. Happy IWSG, Elizabeth.

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    1. Thank you, Joylene! I've dabbled in realistic fiction for such a long time I feel intimidated to start into the fantasy side but there's only one way to tell!!!

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  2. Glad you are looking to return to fantasy again. One of my favorite genres.

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    1. I have a few stories I can edit to get me back into gear. It's been long!

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  3. I like to write fantasy to escape too and I like a lot of what you mention about fantasy worlds. Like you, I may try a different genre.

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  4. Your reasons are shared by many writers who've answered this question today. I know that's because your reasons are excellent ones.

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  5. I've always seen writing as an escape ever since I was little and scribbling out my first stories.

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  6. Escapism is a great reason to write! I know I do the same thing. Thanks for sharing your writing journey!

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    1. That's fabulous! Readers read our stuff for the same reason. What a wonderful symbiotic relationship we have. <3

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  7. I'm le-sighing right along with you. LOL Woman after my own heart! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. It truly is a great escape. I love to lose myself in story--my own or someone else's! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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    1. That's so wonderful! Writing surely is a magical thing indeed!

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  9. My obsession with reading morphed into a compulsion for writing. It's just something I have to do. Happy IWSG Day!

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    1. That's fantastic! When a story demands to be told and you can write it, there's no stopping greatness!

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  10. Le sigh, indeed. I have written many stories in different genres and I sometimes get myself bogged down in feeling like I should perhaps be sticking to just one. But, we don't have much control over what shape the stories take, do we? I find that they often morph themselves into something wholly unexpected.

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    1. Oh yassss! You're so right in that the writing takes on a life of its own--that's the pleasure of writing. Why not enjoy the ride of writing where your heart takes you?

      (Secretly, I believe that all writers should never be boxed)! Let's free ourselves and write whatever we desire! Maybe each genre can take a different name? xD

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