Someone wrote to say, “I’ve never seen you answer this question… What moved you to begin writing?”
I’ve always been a words guy — I started writing as a child and never stopped. My mom said that, when I was in first grade, I came home and announced, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a book guy.” So I guess I had to live up to that promise. I’ve been writing ever since. My life has been intertwined with words. My first real job in college was as a copyeditor for a junior high science teacher’s magazine. I later worked for newspapers, then back to magazines, and eventually to books. I can’t not write. There are stories inside me, or stories I see, and they simply must be told. I love working with authors to help them tell their stories. Words are what move me. Thanks for asking.
On a related note, someone asked, “As a writer, what keeps you going through the setbacks and disappointments?”
I suppose a lot of writers will tell you that writing is therapy – and I suppose it is for me, in a way. But I’ve kept writing because I still have stories to tell, I still have things to say. I rarely feel the setbacks I’ve faced were because of my writing. Rather, they were in spite of my writing, or maybe they were at odds with my writing. So I kept writing until I could convince the people who made the mistake of saying “no” in the first place.
And let’s face it – most “disappointment” authors face is really the simple act of rejection. Writers hate to hear the word “no.” But I’ve never been one who allowed “no” to get in the way of accomplishing what I wanted. So while I’ve had more than my shares of “no” as both writer and agent, I’ve continued writing because that’s what I do. The fact that some publisher doesn’t want to purchase my words doesn’t mean those words lack value – I don’t expect the act of publishing to somehow validate my life. My words are meaningful. They are my message, part of some bigger life purpose, I suppose, even if they are only meant as a message to myself, or my family, or the authors I represent. I continue writing in the face of rejection simply because that’s who I am. I must continue writing. Most writers will probably agree with that statement.
And one writing friend asked, “If you were beginning your career today, what would you hope to accomplish?”
I’d like the world to be different because of my words, of course. I like to educate, to assist, to enlighten, to entertain. The body of my words is meant to take people a bit further along the path, so that they better understand who they are, who we are as people, how we are to live in light of truth, I suppose. (And yes, I realize I’m beginning to sound like a windbag. Sorry. Maybe taking a bunch of personal questions on the day before leaving on a trip is a bad idea…)
Hey, writers, I’d love to hear you answer these questions. Why did you start writing? What keeps you going at it? And what do you hope to accomplish?