Thank you, Robin, for this compelling topic!
Before I sat down at the keyboard, I conducted research (via on line studies) on why writes say they write.
15% stated it was for expression while 13% stated she/he was driven. 2% (tied) wrote for fame or to entertain. 8% of Writers Write because of their imagination.
So where do I fall in this survey? My first impulse was to state I was driven to write. However, that is not entirely accurate. Once I have determined the plot, characterization, completed my research and begin the story, I am driven to write. My motivation is split between Imagination and to Help Others.
Imagination because I have whole worlds going on inside my head. I want to share these stories with readers. I’ve been living inside by head since I was a child. Introverted and shy, my childhood was nomadic because of my father military career. The norm (until high school) was to change school 3 times per academic year. Long-term friendships were not possible, so I read, wrote, and fortunately, had miniature poodle for a pet.
I Write to Help Others. My characters defy the odds, my YA/Tween heroines/heroes are not the popular kids, but they are spunky survivors. My adult characters have strong personalities, are compassionate and no matter the hardship—they give my readers hope, direction in life, and belief in better future.
I write to entertain and to be a positive influence.
My current release Tanayia – Whisper upon the Water, deals with a topic similar to what is splashed across today’s Internet, Television, and the cover of Time Magazine.
Native American children removed from families and housed in boarding schools.
Told in the 1st person, the reviews repeatedly state to story is: ‘raw and real”.
My story is not political. I find it interesting that the topic is timely and still relevant in today’s America.
Tanayia is a Nde/Apache girl living in the 1880s. This is a story I was compelled to write.
Stop by and see what the other wonderful writers in today’s Round Robin Blog Hop have to say!
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1gQ
Marie Laval http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Aimee) A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpress.com
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com