Does writing change the author? Do you think your writing has changed you in any significant way?
Thank you Rhobin for this month's topic.
Writing can teach us lessons, and make us think differently. Writers can choose to use their writing to teach valuable lessons, to give new perspectives and make us see the world and the behavior of people in a different light. Writing can inspire, motivate, and bring about change.
As for myself, and for most authors I know, self-doubt is something we’re all too familiar with. It’s unavoidable. Whereas most careers (or the author's day-job) are built on a clear end goal for each day, authors goals are driven by a mysterious voice that sometimes chooses to speak to us… and sometimes doesn’t.
After all, a professional fiction writer is someone who gets paid to make stuff up. It’s a thoroughly exhausting job that takes a long, long time, and usually offers the writer very little financial reward.
By writing a novel, the writer acts to keep their era alive for future generations, so that our children and grandchildren can understand who we really were, and what we stood for-- or as in my YA historical novel "Tanayia--Whisper upon the Water" focus on a moment in history which hasn't been portrayed truthfully in the past.
By nature, writers are teachers. Again, writers write because they have something to say to the world. They have a lesson to teach, a lesson so important to them—whether it be moral, intellectual, idealistic, or cynical—that they’ve sculpted an entire story for the sheer purpose of teaching that lesson.
Romance novels promise a Happily Ever After which is something we all want from life. Happiness, joy, and the hope for a better tomorrow.
Westerns/ Space Travel/ promise an Adventure, a glimpse into a new/different world.
Mysteries allow you to expand your thought process, search for hidden clues, or over look the obvious. This is why children and adults a like love 'treasure maps'.
How does my writing change me?
It keeps 'child-like' hope, discovery, joy, and sheer fun alive in my soul.
And, often, a review or a comment posted on my blog or Facebook site, will validate my story held meaning and, perhaps changed his/her life for the better--even if only for an hour or two.
Please visit the wonderful authors posting on this month's topic.
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2jz
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com