October 4th, 2011

Why do you write?

During the Q & A section of last night's New Jersey Authors' Network event in Manchester, NJ, someone in the audience (his name was Jerry (or Gerry)) asked an excellent question.

"Why do you write?"

My first response was, "Because it's fun."

He wanted more. "I get that, but why do you do all that editing and rewriting. What drives you?" 

After thinking about it some more, I said, "Because I want to read the kind of books I write."

I'm not sure what Gerry thought of my answer. I certainly didn't mean it in a vain or 'I write for myself, and I don't care if nobody else likes it' way.

There's a certain style of writing that I love. The mixture of daft, clever humor, combined with a serious, sometimes touching story and character development found in Terry Pratchett's Guards or Witches novels (from his Discworld series) falls nicely into that category. There are others, like Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series, Douglas Adams, and to certain extent, Neil Gaiman, whose books I'll gladly read again and again. 

I'm not self-deluded enough to believe my writing's in the same league as theirs, but I'm working on it (the writing, not the self-delusion). In the meantime, I 'll continue to try my darndest to write the kind of books I love to read.

How about you?

Why do you write?

10 Things Every Writer Should Know

It took me six years, three months and about two and a half weeks from the time I decided to write a book, to the day I made (what would eventually become) a successful submission to my publisher, Echelon Press. If I'd known in those early days what I know now, I'm pretty sure I could have done it in less than half the time.

With that in mind, I've put together a presentation, which I sincerely believe can help writers speed up their own learning process.

On Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:00pm, I'll be giving that talk, 10 Things Every Writer Should Know, at Somerville Library (35 West End Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876).

I'll have paperback copies of my debut novel, Fur-Face, there, and since most of the people in the audience will be some kind of writer, I'll be giving a free 'I are a writer!' mug to everyone who buys my book afterwards.


If you'd like to come along, I'd love to see you there :)

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