Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What Do You Love About Writing?

First off, big news today as Amazon has released a Kindle application for the iPhone. It is, well, kind of mindblowing. I downloaded the app, signed into my Amazon account, and every book I purchased on my Kindle was instantly available to me on my iPhone. Better yet, I navigated to the book I'm currently reading and it picked up to the exact page where I had left off on my Kindle!! Wow. Wow wow. My apologies to SF Muni employees, who are probably still finding pieces of my exploded head.

Of course, I don't find iPhones particularly easy to read on for long stretches, so I'm still glad I have a Kindle and its e-ink screen, but this will be awesome in a pinch. The main drawback is that they don't have direct shopping through the App and you have to buy books either through your Kindle or on the Internet.

Now then. To continue positivity week: a simple question with an infinite range of possible answers.

What do you love about writing?






195 comments:

Authoress said...

The high of finishing something.

Then, the higher high of ripping it apart and making it a better something.

It's the perfect fusion of creativity and hard work.

selestial-owg said...

I love escaping into my character's head/world for a while. Real life can become a monotony of work, kids, etc., and it is nice to have another place to go where I can make the world as exciting (or peaceful) as I want. I also love the moments of utter clarity when plot points just click together seemlessly. There are a lot of things I love about it, but those are probably my top two: one general and one specific.

Kristi said...

A better question for me is what don't I love about writing? Answer: Nothing. Seriously, I love it all. Granted I've only been writing fiction for about a year and just finished my novel and a few short stories so I haven't been through query hell yet, but even working on my query has been fun. The whole creation of a new world and then seeing where the characters take you is my favorite part, especially when they do things that surprise me. How does that happen if I'm the writer? Okay, that may be a rhetorical question but at least it's not the first line of my query! :)

Seriously, I love this positivity week, especially since I tend to be a glass is half full kind of girl by nature. I'll actually post under my name today. Hope everyone has a fabulous day and thanks Nathan!

Cameron Chapman said...

The rush of knowing when you've nailed something. Knowing that the sentence, paragraph, scene, or whatever you've just written is perfect (or as perfect as it's every going to get). It's rare but oh-so-worth-it.

Another favorite is when my characters start talking to me, when they start telling me their stories. And it's especially rewarding when they decide to do something unexpected. That's when I know I've created a character who is "real"—when they take on a life of their own and start making their own decisions.

Jordan Summers said...

Nothing beats the thrill of discovering a new character at the beginning of a book and writing 'the end'.

kayekhalsa said...

I love finding the 'write' words to express a feeling or an action. I love the feeling I get when I pull off a scene. I love the anticipation of having a finished book. I find the process incredibly joyful and feel grateful to be able to sit at my computer, tap into my imagination and let it flow onto the page.

Writing is like a dark chocolate bar with almonds and raspberries - it satisfies all of my desires.

Thanks for asking....

David Eric Tomlinson said...

Writing forces me to make connections between things. I am more "aware" of the world that I'm moving through, and always trying to construct (or deconstruct) meaning from the simplest of tasks. There isn't really a comparable feeling to the moment when "the big idea" flashes across your consciousness, ready for expression.

Oh, and I also get to work in my pajamas.

Steve Brezenoff said...

Affecting people with what I've written. It's not the only thing on my "what I love about writing" list, but it's a big one.

Of course I also enjoy the escape, the feeling of victory when a sentence is just right (or a word, for that matter), and getting to know the characters I stumble upon along the way.

Rick Daley said...

I love that some of the writing I do helps pay the bills, but that's not the writing I love, so it's kind of a juxtaposition.

The writing I love entertains me. Be it thrilling, funny, heartwarming, or heartwrenching.

The writing I love most surprises me. It's the "holy s&^% I just wrote that" factor. Sometimes it's a strong piece of prose, sometimes a clever bit of dialogue, and sometimes an elaborate plot twist...but it's always really cool when it happens.

Jared X said...

I watch my young sons slipping into a completely different universe while playing with their Matchbox cars and other toys. They're completely at peace, even when the cars are exploding in fireballs after 15-car pileups on the living room floor.

I love writing because it's the only socially acceptable (and/or legal) way for an adult to peacefully slip into another world for awhile. OK, sometimes, when no one's home, I also play with their Matchbox cars. Totally underrated.

Heather said...

I love so much about it, but I think the greatest moments are when I've been angsting and mulling over how to get to find my way to what needs to happen next and my mind wraps around the perfect idea to get myself there.

It's like a giant rush when that happens, and I usually say something aloud, along the lines of: "Yessss!"

... and then blush and shrink down into my coffee shop mini-booth, hiding my face in my giant tea mug.

Dorothy Parker said...

I hate writing. I love having written.

spwriter said...

The fear and the discovery.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Hm. Big Brother is watching what you read?

That does sound cool, except for the possible lack of privacy part.

Writing is my love, my passion. There are parts I don't like as much as other parts, but it just is my reason for existing.

Litgirl01 said...

Escaping! This is why I love to read also. With writing you are in control of things. ;-) Although I have to say, sometimes my characters get out of hand. LOL

Robert A Meacham said...

Great question. I love to write because I am compelled to frenzies of words to sentences that eventually refelects a certain creativity splattered all over the pages.
I took the advice of Jack Englehard; let the story take you where it may. I like the adventure.

Crimogenic said...

The progress of developing a story from an idea. It's amazing how one idea starts off as premise and ends up a 100,000 word novel. :)

L-Plate Author said...

Second drafts.

Once the drivel is down and out, for me there is nothing better than going through all the ideas that have popped up as I write (which I don't look at until I get to the end), seeing which ones will make the work better and then twisting them as much as possible to make the script more appealling. Then it's cut/paste/amend/change/re-jig/colour/layer/enhance whatever you want to call it.

That's what makes a novel a novel for me.

Robert A Meacham said...

My apologies to Mr Engelhard for the typo

Windy said...

For me, it's just the rush of falling into something completely outside whatever is going on. It is almost an escape from reality into my own little alternate universe. And putting everything that I hear and see and smell and taste on paper, there's nothing like finding just the right words to convey that to someone else.

Besides, when it comes down to it, what's not to love?

Silicon Valley Diva said...

I love bringing stories and characters to life. I love when someone reads something I have written and say they were touched. I love playing with words--spending long stretches of time tinkering with sentences to somehow convey on paper what ideas and stories have been swarming around in my mind.

GuyStewart/DISCOVERCHURCH said...

Becoming someone NEW each time I write a scene; each time I write a story; each time I write a book. For me, it's like being born-again...

Vegas Linda Lou said...

To be able to transform a blank page (or screen) into a body of work that entertains and inspires others… man, what a thrill.

Eric said...

Dialog. It allows me to channel all those non-harmonious babbling voices in my head.

Cindy said...

I love creating a world so realistic and intriguing that I'd want to live there. I also love writing something that moves me because I know there is someone else out there that might be moved by the very same thing I created.

Ugly Deaf Indian Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

Making up characters, then torture them and then kill 'em off in my stories. It gives me a good feeling and a great release to vent my anger at the world.

Sunna said...

The moment that usually comes about 4/5 of the way through a novel when all the dominoes I set up, consciously or unconsciously, start falling down.

Being surprised by my characters.

Coming back to a 1st(2nd/3rd/etc.) draft after a week of thinking it sucks to realize I actually did a pretty decent job.

Agonizing over that perfect turn of phrase.

Getting feedback.

Reading books and being able to appreciate not only how well done a passage is, but how damned hard it is to do what the author just did. I enjoy books twice as much now that know how much work goes into writing them.

lauren said...

I write mainly contemporary real-world fiction, and when I'm really in the thick of a story, I find that my senses are heightened in my day-to-day life. I notice things I don't usually notice, and feel like I'm more present in the world than usual. I also feel more at ease taking risks, saying and doing strange things, and generally experimenting with the universe.

Also, I love my characters, and I love being able to twist my perspective around and see the world through their eyes. I love these particular characters so much that I've written about them for nearly 20 years. I make cupcakes on their birthdays. My husband approves.

And I love the words themselves! I'm a linguist in my professional life and I have no problem dealing in words all day at work and continuing to wrestle with them after work, as well.

Bane of Anubis said...

Discovering more about myself and opening doors I'd closed long ago and wouldn't be able to unlock verbally. That... and twist endings :)

CNU said...

Altering the reader's perspective on a familiar subject...

:)


-C

Dr. Moxie Awesome said...

I don't love writing. I hate it. I hate how it's in my blood and in my head and never wants to fully leave even through ink; it's always there. I hate how I walk around feeling cursed. I hate how secluded I feel when I talk about writing to others. I hate how I have to write. I have to write or I feel like I'm standing still in life.

I can only say I love writing in the same way that I love air. I have to breathe to live; I have to write to live.

Tony said...

One comment on the Kindle iPhone/iPod ap: I use an iPod Touch, and amazingly it worked just as you described -- keeping my place back and forth between the Kindle and the Touch. I'm sure this wouldn't work if I wasn't on a WiFi network; still, I had thought this might have been an "iPhone-only" feature.

Writing. I write for a living. I don't particularly like writing. But I love having written.

Rachel said...

What a question. There's so much to love about writing. I think I love the creativity and the problem-solving best. I'm also a stickler for editing, so I enjoy taking a chapter apart word by word and putting it back together.

Paul Äertker said...

I like reading to kids and laughing. That's the best part. But what we like is not the question; the question is what kind of book/manuscript would you like to see come acoss your desktop this weekend?

Writer from Hell said...

Writing helps me discover answers that surprise me, myself. Whether it is a personal problem or a topic that I'm writing about, I find that thoughts assume a life of their own and solutions present themselves. Writing is a problem gobbler and an ideas churner n thats why I love it.

Marilyn Peake said...

What do we love about writing? Oh man, that question's so invigorating, I got butterflies in my stomach. I'm off to a writing session, then will be back to thoroughly enjoy answering that question. Thanks for starting our day off on such a positive note, Nathan!

L.C. Gant said...

I love when my characters cease to be empty and one-dimensional, and instead become living, breathing people with minds of their own. I love when they leap off the page and look me in the eye, and start doing things I never thought they would do. I love when they take the reigns and tell the story for me.

Richard said...

I would say the thing I love most about writing is not only to express something I'm feeling at the moment, but also to inspire that emotion in another. Great writing should break down walls. That's why I write.

MzMannerz said...

I love putting the words together. I love words, and phrases, and passages that transport. There are parts of stories I first read decades ago that still make my heart flutter (when Laurie proposes to Amy in "Little Women" for instance) and to see that satisfying little combination of words within my own stories just makes me high.

Brian Buckley said...

I love the very beginning of writing a novel, when I can pick whatever I want from the infinite possibilities.

I love the very end, when all the revisions are done and I've created something awesome that I can put my name on.

In between it mostly just feels like work!

RW said...

OK, totally violating the spirit of positivity week, but this fit so well with the question I couldn't resist sharing this article that came across my google reader today:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/03/authors-on-writing. It's a bunch of British writers talking about the writing life, mostly in very precise ways about what they DON'T love about the writing life. Hari Kunzru's most accurately describes how I see things.

Gwen said...

I love the endless possibilities.

You can create anything, and your characters can be anything, go anywhere, do anything, etc. You come to love them and you can soar with them across mountain peaks, watch beautiful sunsets, stay up all night until the sun rises. You run with them as they are chased through dark alleyways, parachute from planes, hide from the bad guys who seek their life. You can help them solve problems under pressure, exercise awesome logic, discover mysteries and follow trails of riddles. You can sympathise with them as they see things that others cannot see. Your characters can have superpowers - they can fly, go invisible, see entities or beings that their best friend cannot, possess super-human strength... absolutely anything.

It is absolutely limitless, and I love that about writing,

Brodi Ashton said...

I love:
1. Crackin' myself up.
2. Creating characters that talk back to me.
3. Just when my ego thinks I've nailed it, there's that knee-to-the-groin of rejection that keeps me grounded. 'Course, I'm a girl, so it's not so bad.

Dara said...

My favorite part of writing is delving into the character's head and seeing their personality come out, especially through dialogue. I think I sometimes get carried away with the dialogue because I love it so much!

Anita said...

I love getting to say whatever I want to say without any interruptions.

Anonymous said...

I love playing with words and viewing the world through other people's eyes. While I don't seek conflict in my own life, there's something satisfying about creating it for imaginary people who I can relate to--people who may or may not be like me on the surface--and weaving their stories together into something that feels alive, using all of my mind and heart. I enjoy shaping my stories with the craft I'm honing and my own experiences, and tweaking them with the critiques I receive from fellow writers who are as passionate about story as I am. This is draining at times, and disheartening when I paint myself into a corner or when the dreaded rejection note slithers into my inbox. But most of all, it's beautiful, like childbirth, creating something new and taking pride in it. Writing allows me to feel more and define my own life.

Scott said...

I love the journey - beginning, middle, and end.

I love the control . . . that is until a character (obviously my subconscious working overtime) does something c-r-a-z-y!

I just love to write, to create, to lose myself in the words, the situations, the characters that are a blend of my imagination, and a tad bit of the real world.

S

p.s. I got my Kindle last week. Absolutely love it! I didn't think I would. I do, I do, I do - oh, no, now 'that' song will be in my mind all day long. : )

RW said...

Funny iPhone reading story. In the writing classes I teach, I insist that if you are present that you be present. Which means no texting. If I see my students looking down at the cell phone in their laps, I bust them. Meanwhile, the texts we read are mostly articles found online which I assume they'll print out and bring to class. This semester we crossed a tech threshold of course--easing surfing to the article online via the iPhone. Now I can't tell who's texting and who is following along in the article we're discussing.

JohnO said...

Once in a while I'll come up with a description I'm really proud of ("He could burn, pine and perish until mom’s oven broke, but Annie would still drop her panties for the jerk in the convertible" ... which makes a lot more sense if you'd read the two pages prior. Oh, and Nathan? They're still for sale. Ping me for deets.)

I like it when I make my wife laugh when she's reading my stuff.

I like it when the story I'm working on requires some absurd fiction-writing challenge ("Worst kids' movie premise of all time," "World's dumbest charity"), and then come up with a pretty good answer.

Fitting to have this convo, btw, when the Guardian had all these august author ausholes answering the prompt, "Writing for a living: a joy or a chore?" (http://tinyurl.com/c8ch6b)

My one-line rejoinder: If you hate it so much, go work for a dysfunctional company, you pompous prig-bottoms!

PS - my word verification is "swinerfo" -- that's not symbolic or anything, is it?

abc said...

I love the attempt to celebrate the details of life--the mundane, the pain, the joy, the frustration. All that stuff of what it means to get through a day, to be human. I love the attempt to connect with others just by creating a character or a story.

Was reading the David Foster Wallace article from the New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/03/09/090309fa_fact_max?currentPage=all) and this struck me:

“Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being,” he once said. Good writing should help readers to “become less alone inside.”

I love the attempt to get at that.

Jo said...

It's excruciating most of the time but I know that if I keep at it and work really really hard, eventually I'll end up with something that I'm not ashamed of. I sort of slog through the first draft, pushing myself and psyching myself up to get it done. I enjoy revising much more than the initial putting pen to paper. Fine-tuning, moving things around, playing with the characters- that's the fun part and the part I love. And I really enjoy working with an editor.

Dawn said...

I love building characters and a world that hold what I need, or what is missing in my life. I love how real they become and that I miss those characters when I'm not writing or when the book or story is complete. I love how people respond to my stories.

Mira said...

Thanks for asking this question, Nathan. It's wonderful to have a forum to think about and express this. It's interesting reading what other people say, too.

For me, it depends on what I'm writing - humor or something serious.

I love, love, love writing humor. I feel joy and 'rightness with the world' throughout my whole life when I'm writing humor. I love, love, love it. But I don't decide when I write humor - it makes itself known to me on it's timeline.

Serious writing comes easily, but it's more difficult to write, and can be really painful emotionally. I don't enjoy it. But, afterward, I love having written it. The catharsis and the sense of meaning and purpose from it is profound.

So, either way, it's all good.

Vancouver Dame said...

About writing - I love words, and the power of putting them together to tell a story, give information, or describe what's in my thoughts. I love the process of refining and finishing writing that others enjoy reading. I like to imagine story ideas, and what people are thinking or why they do the things they do. It's a form of art to me like painting.

It brings me pleasure to write, whether it's on my blog, in a journal, or working on my current novel and short stories.

A good question, Nathan, and one that is near and dear to writers' hearts. We write because we need to, because there's something in our minds that we have to say.

Vieva said...

what's not to love?

Okay, the "business" end could be better. (I could have an agent to handle it! *g*)

But the actual butt in chair, hands on keyboard part of writing? I LOVE it. I love creating characters, I love playing with plots, I love that evil giggle when I think of something truly demented to do.

I love the feel of progress as my book advances, page by page and chapter by chapter, as my characters are chased through to a finale and then given their happy ending. (yes, I'm a sucker for a happy ending. so sue me).

I love hefting the final manuscript and knowing I did this.

and I REALLY love having people ask me for more! :D

Kate said...

Making up stories isn't an optional activity for me. Maybe I'm crazy cause no matter how hard I try, I can't turn off the voices in my head. It's not so much that I like writing. I just live in my own personal fiction and writing is more socially acceptable than wandering the streets talking to myself.

Melissa McInerney said...

How else can I release all the monsters in my head?

Kate H said...

The high of getting something down and realizing you've really caught some infinitesimal portion of the vision in your head.

Also, in a more general way, the opportunity to express things that can't be expressed any other way, especially if you're as introverted as I am.

terryd said...

I love falling into the dream. The nether of creation is powerful stuff, and there's rarely a hangover. I love looking up and seeing that the clock has jumped ahead two hours - and looking back down and seeing that I've made progress. I love falling into stories and becoming Not-Me, god and servant both as the muse moves my hands on the keyboard to explore the strange lands of what-we-are.

Kaley said...

Writing is torture. That I love it means I am more than a little sick.

David Taylor said...

I love it when the story takes me in directions I didn't plan or expect. And the place I end up is always better than where I originally planned on going.

TonyB said...

It’s simple; I write for the future.

I want my grandkids, great-grandkids, great-great-grandkids and so on, to know they came from people that thought about the times they lived in, felt the range of human emotions and pondered a future they would never see.

the Amateur Book Blogger said...

I love stretching myself beyond what I already know through my research. I love discovering other peoples' stories and seeing how most people are all basically the same the world over and looking at what makes them tick. And I love that because other people write such great stuff, I am able to read wonderful stories to my children, for my entertainment and my education. Thank you to all you great writers out there I enjoy reading and to all those I have still to discover!

Anonymous said...

I hate writing. It is a curse. It is like alcohol or tobacco, something to get me through the day that does not involve suicide.

If you do something besides write, then for godsake, do so.

If you can even ask the question, you know very little about the writing life.

Try Graham Greene's The End of the Affair for what it's like being a writer.

Cam said...

Things I love about writing: Having an epiphany that entirely transforms a WIP (this happened yesterday- Yay!); getting so buried in plot lines that I think they're part of real life; when characters get minds of their own and do shocking things that I hadn't planned for them to do; and - finally - freedom of expression as a form of stress relief.

p.s. I saw a DOUBLE rainbow today when the clouds parted during an East Bay rain shower. Let me know if you want the picture I took. ;)

Kristy Colley said...

Mary Doria Russell sort of hit it on the head in an interview with Krista Tippet. The Novelist as God. Doesn't that just say it all?

Ink said...

I love the moment the world disappears, when my eyes no longer see and ears no longer hear, and there's only a dream, a dream so vivid it swallows me into bright waters and I drown without drowning, carried on shifting images like false memories, carried to a world that exists only in my own head and yet clamors for release, a story that speaks a strange and beautiful language translatable only through the soft patter of my fingers upon well-worn keys. I love words that are like windows on this world, words that I can use to peak in on the story and that allow the story to peak out at me and sometimes climb through as if there were no walls between worlds. I love that when I come back from that dream it lingers, it haunts and changes me, it makes something new of me.

And I love, too, that writing is hard. I love the difficulty. I love the difficulty because easy things are boring and writing well is never easy. I love that I can spend my whole life chasing the donkey and never quite pin the tail on perfectly. I love that I will have to try again. Once more and again.

My best,
Bryan Russell

Yvette Davis said...

The idea that, in the end, the finished project and the only tangible connection between the writer and reader is black ink forming letters and words on a page.

reader said...

abc-- thank you for the David Foster Wallace quote. I am a big fan of his.

It's why I read and why I write -- to feel less alone.

lotusgirl said...

Wow!! That Kindle iPhone thing is SO cool! Especially that it picks right up where you left off on your Kindle. How do they do that? My brain is just reeling.

My favorite part about writing is creating the characters. No one can be perfect. Everyone is flawed. Complex. Good characters and evil alike.

FYI: I did a book review today of The Book Thief which I read per your suggestion. Just thought you might like to know. I'm still stunned at how completely compelling that book is.

Marla Taviano said...

I love it when words start flowing through my pen (or onto my computer screen), and I have no idea where they're coming from. And then, when I re-read them, they're brilliant.

If only this happened more often.

My husband put his iPhone in my face this morning, and I was about to get irritated when I saw the cover of my book, Is That All He Thinks About. What?!?!? I don't have a Kindle, but now I can read the first chapters of a ton of books whenever I want. Wheeeee!

Marla Taviano said...

Hubby says you can buy books through your iPhone. He's a Mac geek, so I believe him.

http://www.godsmac.com

Kimberly Lynn said...

Inventing characters and their unique worlds.

Love doing research, too!

Anonymous said...

I love writing something and then listening to other's responses to it, especially when they find layers of meaning that I didn't know were there. Then I am reassured that my book or story is smarter than I am.

Anonymous said...

I love meeting other writers and knowing that I am one of them now. They are my peers.

I can finally, finally, finally eat lunch with the popular kids.

Eden said...

I love watching as the story unfolds. I often don't know the end point or I only have a vague idea. I like watching the characters develop and watching things come together.

Briony said...

Having a vague idea for a character and then fleshing it out. Creating characters is the best bit for me :)

Lisa said...

I love that it comes naturally to me but is still so damn hard and gives me endless opportunities to grow.

Luisa Perkins said...

I'm delurking to post a brief excerpt from my blog in answer to your question.

"No one is able to enjoy such feast as the one who throws a party in his own mind."--Selma Lagerlöf, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909

This quote perfectly describes the reason why I continue to write despite such distractions as a romantic husband, six adventurous children, a busy church life, and several absorbing hobbies. The party in my mind keeps pulling me back.

Conjurae said...

I love the taunting challenge of that arrogant little blinking cursor of a blank page.

Meg said...

I love telling stories.

Vodka Mom said...

What do I love about writing? I LOVE to make myself laugh.


yep. And I particularly love it when I watch someone else read what I wrote - and hear THEM laugh! That's the best sound ever. (well, except for maybe the sound of an agent calling me. That MIGHT be better than that...)

Karen said...

I love creating characters that somewhere along the line take on a life all of their own and practically start typing the story themselves. That's number one. Number two -- I love when someone reads my story or book, and I can see when they are done, that I have entertained them. No greater reward.

Anonymous said...

The fame and fortune.

Oh, wait.... nevermind.

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Stephanie Faris said...

Being able to create an entire world from thin air. And the pride of typing the words "The End" at the end of 400 pages of blood, sweat, and tears.

Indam said...

It is the most satisfying form of mental masturbation....

D.A.A. Price (aka Elgin) said...

It's all about the glamor. The glamor and the money. Make that glamor, money, and the chicks. Yeah, glamor, money, chicks, and the fame. Yeah, that's it, glamor, money, chicks, fame, and the wild Hollywood parties. God, what is there not to like about being a writer.

Anyone tells you that it's a window to your soul, that it's a way to connect to the energy of the Universe and that there's no greater high than creating something that might in some small way make the planet a better place to live, don't believe for them for one hot minute.

It's all about the glamor.

Franny Armstrong said...

It's like bringing your heart and mind together and throwing all the adventure and intrigue you've built up over the years of watching TV and going to the movies together then making your OWN stories.
I call them my babies because they are the very heart of me.
I love being lost in my characters and knowing that no matter what happens, they'll have a happily ever after.
Franny Armstrong

Being Beth said...

I love telling a story - the first time it's told - writing that first draft.

Kerry Gans said...

I love the characters--they become real people, and do things I never expected. Sometimes when I'm writing, I know I'm making them do something out of character, because they practically turn and look at me and say, "You want me to do what?"!

I also love that moment when you know you nailed something. I call it "the click"--as in everything has fallen into place with a click like a jigsaw puzzle. When I feel that click, I know not to mess with it anymore.

And sometimes, I go back and read something I wrote, and say, "Hey, this is good! It's like a professional wrote this!" Then I realize that professional was me.

I love it!

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

Storytelling. Making people believe. Taking a total stranger and sharing with them the worlds inside my mind as they were the moment I wrote down the words. It's the best -- the only -- sort of alchemy there is; with only words on the page I can transport you through time and space to share a moment with me and who knows how many others.

Liz said...

Don't forget to also check Stanza, the free iPhone reader app by Lexcycle. My geek friends prefer it.

Re what I like about writing:

Where to begin. There's the immediate endorphins from engaging in creative activity. Then the delight of discovery as the story emerges. The surprising dark places that the story takes you that you didn't know you were going to go. I guess this sounds a lot like reading a good book, but when you're writing it you feel it living in your head. The characters are sorting themselves out in your head. My husband and I talked about how much JK Rowling must have missed the characters after finishing the HP series. Now I know she doesn't miss them - they're still in her head, going about their lives. What's hard is stopping telling their stories.

If I'm being honest, I also like the I Am God quality of writing fiction. I have to be true to the characters, but I can throw things at them at will. I can give them motivations and histories and tics and issues. I can put them in harm's way and make them forget something crucial until it's too late. And then figure out how they still rise above anyway. It's an amazing thing.

Whirlochre said...

I can summon anything from thin air and hint it into the material cosmos.

Michelle Miles said...

Creating the vision of my world through words; exciting and inpiring others to do the same.

I can't live without writing.

Teri said...

What I love about writing: The sort of "high" you get from it. It takes you over and your in for the ride of your life. Exciting, awe-inspiring, and breath-taking all at once.

Horserider said...

My favorite part of writing is the high I get when I finish something or even when I'm on a writing roll that keeps me up until 1 am even though I have to get up early the next morning. It's a wonderful feeling just watching the words flow onto the page in front of me.

Jen said...

I actually used to dislike the actual act of writing. I always loved inventing ideas and creating worlds, writing outlines and what not, but I stalled whenever I sat down to write. Happily, I have discovered the joy of writing. This probably comes from being older and less worried about life in general. I know now that what I write doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to get the draft down on paper so that I can go back and revise later.

As far as it goes, I love everything about writing. There could not be a more perfect occupation for me. I am a highly creative person and need to constantly channel that to keep me sane. I love words and language and could play with them for eternity. I love imagination and the creation of new things. I am perfectly comfortable spending most of my time alone (total hermit!).

I have had a lot of ideas of what I would like to do for an occupation over the years, but always it just comes back to writing.

Griffin Asher said...

I love creating my own worlds, building them detail by detail until I have a whole new place to explore and learn. I love following my characters through this newly created world and growing with them through their struggles. Being able to disappear into this world when real life seems overwhelming. To know that there is a light at the end of tunnel because I put it there with a hope for a better future.

And if there is a hope in that world, then just maybe there's a hope in the real one as well.

Laura D said...

I love pushing the parameters of the artform. Trying to come up with something new is difficult, but a quest for me nonetheless. Sometimes it's as simple as combining genres or being more avant garde (however it's spelled, I do love spell check!)than what I've read. Pushing boundaries is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me excited about creating stories.

Anonymous said...

"What do I love about writing?"

It is the single greatest form of solitude without seclusion.

Morgan

Marilyn Peake said...

I love photography, and am fascinated by the extraordinary beauty in the work of the National Geographic photographers. I’ve watched behind-the-scenes documentaries of some of their lives and how they suffer for their art. One photographer had been through a long list of illnesses contracted on the job. Another had been bitten, even in the eyes, by a swarm of bugs, as he caught stunning images of animals in the trees of a tropical location. Others had waded through muddy water with bloodsucking leeches attached to their legs. Despite all that misery, their joy in telling meaningful stories through extraordinary photographs was apparent.

Being a writer is a bit like that ... though not quite as punishing, since we can do our work in a comfortable chair wearing flannel pj’s and pink bunny slippers if we choose. Our suffering comes from years of isolation and frustration, and side effects like migraine headaches and back pain.

A writer’s artwork has to be wrestled out of their mind one imaginative spark at a time and turned into a coherent story with captivating language and correct form. When I accomplish that, it’s thrilling.

My Top Ten List of things I love about writing:
1.) Coming up with a passage that works: when the words sound like art and the story continues to flow.
2.) Days when it seems like I’ve turned a key in the door to a magical kingdom, those wonderfully euphoric days when the story unfolds quickly and the words flow without pause.
3.) Completing a work and beginning to submit it for publication.
4.) Having a book or short story accepted for publication.
5.) Seeing the book cover artwork for the new publication.
6.) Receiving positive reviews or winning awards for my writing ... because that temporarily releases me from my writer’s isolation and lets me know that others have enjoyed my work.
7.) Chatting with other writers online.
8.) Working constantly to improve my work.
9.) The sheer joy of art and creativity.
10.) Doing research for something I'm writing, and finding specific information that adds important layers to the story.

Michael Pickett said...

Where do I start? Letting my imagination go wild; keeping that imagination under control and coherent; telling a great story; moving readers in a meaningful way; giving life to the characters I have running around in my head; taking something I've written that I thought was good, finding out that it isn't good, and making it good (I have only recently been converted to the joys of revision); that sense of accomplishment that comes after finishing something that was hard and took a long time.

I could go on and on, but I won't. I have to get back to writing.

Robin Constantine said...

I love how one word can make a difference.

I love getting lost in the “writing zone”.

And I love it when characters come out of nowhere to take over a scene.

Last but not least, (cue the puppies and the rainbow) I love that writing has brought me together with some of the coolest and most interesting people I know. (I’m talking real flesh and blood, not fictional, although they can be pretty cool too.)

wonderer said...

Getting hit by that "Ohhhh, so that's what happens/that's how that ties in!" moment.

Coming up with plot twists that make me cackle evilly.

Taking elements of books I love to read and creating another one out of thin air that someone else might love too.

Telling stories and getting to live different lives.

Rereading and thinking "Hey, this is pretty good after all."

Feeling that I have a sense of purpose.

jimnduncan said...

I love being able to bring to life the strange and wonderful things my imagination comes up with. If only computers could take that directly out of your head and put it on the page. Though, perhaps the Kindle will soon be able to beam novels directly into your brain.

Michelle Moran said...

The research involved in writing historical fiction is one of my favorite aspects of writing.
There are so wonderful countries you end up visiting and places you would never see otherwise...

Martin Willoughby said...

Using my imagination.

Cam said...

@ D.A.A. Price -

"LMAO!"

David Fields said...

Telling a story that nobody else has told.

Mandajuice said...

Writing is like closed-captioning for my soul. Sure, I could turn it off and just watch the pictures race by on the screen, but I might miss something. The words make everything clearer and in looking for the RIGHT words, I find that I experience the real world in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Nikki Hootman said...

I could name a hundred things... but currently, what I love about writing is how I can get so close to a character that I could tell you anything about him or her. I could tell you what he did on his sixth birthday, or when he would use the word "shit" instead of "crap," or whether he likes Burger King or McDonald's better. To me, writing is almost like being able to construct people. It's like classic sculpture or DaVinci's anatomical sketches, but with extra dimensions.

So, I guess what I'm really saying is, I like to play God.

NP said...

I love making connections with readers. Of developing characters that readers can relate to (or despise), places that readers swear they've been, and stories that readers are sure were taken from their own lives.

Laura Handy said...

You know that feeling when you're reading a book that is so good you can't wait to get back to it? You rush through everything just so you can curl up with it and continue reading it?
I get that same feeling when I'm engrossed in my own writing, and it's awesome!

Kristin Laughtin said...

Among a million other things, I like getting my ideas out of my head and into some tangible form. Even if it never sells, I have something I can point to or refer back to and say, "I did this." I like stories, but keeping them in my head doesn't require me to think critically about them. Writing them out forces me to draw connections, develop plot points, and so on, leading to a richer imaginative experience than just replaying my favorite scenes in my head over and over.

Anna said...

oh my goodness...

telling a tale... exploring a character... using words to explain feelings, colours, sounds...

too many reasons I suppose. never thought about it in depth... a blog post for tonight, perhaps...

Thomas Burchfield said...

Taking the thrilling adventures that thrive in my mind and making them fly, gallop, run, dance, stroll, strut and walk over the page.

Laughing when I write something funny.

Shuddering when I write something scary.

Tearing up when I write something moving.

Grinning when I write something sly or clever.

Finding the perfect word for the perfect paragraph for the perfect page for the perfect chapter for the perfect book.

And then rewriting it all over again until I find the perfect word for the . . . .

Writing the book I want to read that no one else can write but me.

"a-HA! That's it!"

"Chapter One"

"The End"

Dreamers Dream said...

creating your own universe
just with a sprinkle of your very own imagination.

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

My Words In Your Mouth

My favorite part of writing is hearing someone use my words in order to talk about something they wouldn't have otherwise been able to talk about...until I gave them the words.

That's what I love!

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

Hi Nikki,

Re: "To me, writing is almost like being able to construct people. It's like classic sculpture or DaVinci's anatomical sketches, but with extra dimensions."

Nice way of expressing it.

Wanda B.

Lisa Schroeder said...

I love getting near the end, not knowing exactly how everything is going to work out, and sometimes having to struggle to figure out, and then, when it hits me, WOW! It's an incredible feeling making the story worth reading, finding a little something that will surprise the reader, and getting to the satisfying end. I <3 it, Nathan!!!

Roland said...

It's weird that scientist have finally invented magic. The Shazam app on the Iphone blows my mind more than a real life Captain Marvel could.

Mary Anne said...

The newest thing I love about writing ties in with your comments about Amazon and the Kindle. I love that Amazon has given writers a way to market their work directly to readers.

I've uploaded my work to Kindle and Mobipocket (Amazon all). Now readers are actually enjoying the books that were previously just gathering dust on my hard drive.

A Kindle app for the i-phone? New technology in this economy that helps writers make money?

What do I love about writing? These days Amazon is near the top of that list.

Mira said...

Okay.

I hate to interrupt such a fascinating discussion, but I'd like to follow-up with our conversation, Nathan.

I noticed there wasn't a signing contract in my e-mail this morning.

Which was really weird. After all, I triple-dog dared you, and then yesterday I told you that - although I havn't written a darn thing - I did have a few ideas.

What gives? What more could you possibly want? I thought and thought and thought....and then.....

I saw it. I saw the truth. I saw the terrible, horrible truth.

The terrible horrible truth is this. I lied to you. I did. I lied. And you knew it. Somehow, you knew it. So, of course you wouldn't want to go into business with a liar. Who would?

Not you, that's who.

So, I apologize. I apologize for lying to you.

I told you I hadn't written a darn thing but I did have a few ideas.

That's not true. I admit it. It's not true.

Here's the truth:

Let me just take a deep breath.

The truth: I really, completely, totally and absolutely haven't written a darn thing. But I don't have a few ideas. I really don't. I have exactly 49.5 ideas. I counted.

Calling 49.5 ideas a few ideas is a bald-face lie. I admit that now.

But there's a silver lining to this shadow of darkness. The good news is that out of 49.5 ideas, there's probably a good percent chance that at least one of them is semi-decent.

(Actually, there's a 33.2 percent chance one of those ideas is halfway decent. How do I know it's 33.2 percent? I made it up. I'd calculate the actual percentage, but I have no idea how to do that.)

So anyway, I feel much better now. A great weight is lifted off of my shoulders. Thank you. Thank you for your 'tough love' Nathan. I can see how I really, really needed that.

Almost as much as I really, really need a signing contract. Okay - an honest guarantee of at least one half-way decent idea. How can you turn that down, Nathan?

Well, you can't, of course. I'll look for the signing contract in the morning.

Okay, that should do it.

MelissaPEA said...

I love how writing makes me feel inadequate, unstable, and confused on a daily basis.

Nathan Bransford said...

mira-

I'm never one to interrupt a good conversation, even if it's a conversation of one.

Mira said...

Nathan -

I'm not quite sure how to read that. Does that mean you'd like me to stop interrupting?

I'll respect that, and interrupt my own fun, if I must....

Nathan Bransford said...

Mira-

Not what I meant.

Mira said...

Nathan -

Oh good.

I have plans.

Lupina said...

Nathan, very clever of you to get US to provide the puppies and kittens today.

What I love about writing:

Going to work in my gingerbread man pajamas.

The moment when the story is finally out of my head and on paper and it has a beginning, a middle and an end...fiction and non-fiction.

Royalty checks, no matter how small.

Alexa said...

Oh so many things! The evolution of my characters, losing myself in a world I've created, how fast the time goes when I write, taking words out, putting words in, trying to capture feelings and sensations in new ways, getting to guarantee a happy ending :)

scruffdiva said...

MelissaPEA, I love what you said. I echo that. Writing really is a painful joy, like a euphoria that empties me. I was never good at math in the numeric sense but writing definitely feels like the most successful attempt at word equations that one could hope for.

Roscoe James said...

The creative process. Making something out of a few simple tools.

Marilyn Peake said...

Mira and Nathan,
I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee, I would have spit it all over my computer keyboard, laughing. I wish that I could also interrupt your discussion ... but I'm too confused. :)

The stock market is finally up today. Is there a positivity rainbow spreading across the land?

Tricia said...

getting published

K said...

Writing heal me. It's not a matter of choice it's a matter of a calling. I can only hope my words help heal others.

Phil Ruggiero said...

Unlike so many of you, I don't have characters - I have ideas and ways to hopefully improve the quality of people's lives during these 'interesting' times.

I seek to make the world just a bit better for having been in it. It's a big goal, but certainly one worth pursuing. Does it get any better than for a complete stranger to thank you for inspiring them?

I can only do that through writing.

MACS said...

Delurking to say: yes, yes, yes and all of that. As usual I can't improve upon or add much to that which the others have already said.
I love the epiphany at the beginning, when the whole work reveals itself in a flash of insight or a dream. The reason why.
I love weaving the tapestry of plot and character. Going back and adding gold threads and gems.
Getting lost in another world. The surprises.
Being in the zone.
I love the sense of belonging that comes from reading NB's blog. I am not alone.

Richard Lewis said...

I've just read Eric Clapton's autobiography. He speaks of finally breaking through his alcoholism by getting down on his knees and letting his pride be broken. Every mornking since he has gotten down on his knees asking for help and every night the same with gratitude for the gift of sobriety.

What does this have to do with writing?

I think it can be reversed a little. However it is we humans were blessed with language and with writing -- whether God or just a fantastic universe that allowed it to happen -- we should every morning give a little shout out (or grudging grump, sometimes, because writing is hardly ever easy) that this is something we can do, and every night say thanks to Whoever or Whatever for what we did write.

Me personally, I've done a lot of other things in my life, but I'm most happy when unhappily writing.

Then I go surfing.

Stacey said...

Not that anyone reads the comments after there are this many other than maybe Nathan...but...

The thing I love about writing is the ability to show that experience is not a bad thing. Life should not be perfect, nor should the actions in a novel. If it is, it is just plain boring! Even fairy tales have opposition!

Barbara's blog said...

I love going back and editing--making the words flow more smoothly, re-living what I've written, being inside my characters' minds. I watched the movie "Stranger Than Fiction" where a writer's protagonist is a real person. She plans to kill him and he finds out. That's just how real my characters are to me. Only another writer can understand. People who don't write think we're just a little strange.

Mira said...

Marilyn, interrupt away.

But I'm sorry you're confused. I can explain. I want Nathan to give me a signing contact based on the fact that I have a half-way decent idea.

He hasn't signed me yet. I'm pretty sure that's because he's playing hard to get. I can respect that. It's important not to seem too eager.

So, we're continuing our dialogue.

There, see? Not confusing at all.

BTW, I loved your top ten things that you liked about being a writer. And thanks for all the positivity this week - the links and everything. Very cool. :-)

Kate said...

A lot of people I know escape into these dramas that are quite popular over the past few years: everything from Desperate Housewives; Prison Break; Lost; Heroes; etc. At some point they might talk about what they think will happen next. It is this sense that they know the characters so well that they feel they could write the next episode.
I feel that way when I write. Developing the characters is great, but there is an even greater feeling when the characters I have created are taking on their own lives and for the most part I am taking dictation while they write themselves.
Another thing is what my fantasy life has always been for me. As a child I had a super active fantasy life and a pretty lonely, misfit real life. If someone hurt my feelings or made me feel small in some way, I relived that experience in my fantasies to make things right. Now I make things write. I fix whats wrong in my world with my fantasies and they become integrated into my writing.
I passionately love love love writing.
I just started writing about two years ago, (working on my second novel) but have felt like it was absolutely right for me since I began. Unfortunately I also have to make a living so my time to write is minimal. I dream of a future where I can make writing my full time job.

KD said...

Beta readers demanding "the next book NOW!"

Characters who make me laugh out loud.

Snickering as I type. (Writers, am I right? You know what I mean...)

Getting run over by a steamrol--I mean, a new story.

Grapeshot/Odette said...

I love to see the idea take form and the characters come to life and from the little germ a manuscript comes forth and after much tweaking and many rewrites and edits the manuscript becomes something worth sending into the world, and I can think, "ye gods, I've written another book."

Linda said...

The high of infinite possibilities... Peace, Linda

Stef Kramer said...

revealing, hiding, pretending, not pretending, racing your fingers across a keyboard while your mind chases a thought, discovering something about yourself you never knew and creating fates for characters in attempt to tell a meaningful story for anyone who cares to read it.

Deb Lehman said...

I love word play. I love bringing a character and scene to life. I love writing really good dialogue. I love making my readers laugh or cry. I love seeing my name in print.

Karen H. said...

The process. I love seeing where the story is going as I write it. Every time I write, I feel like I'm writing something I'd like to read and so I get a double bonus as a reader and writer. Great question.

jil said...

I love getting inside my character's minds and finding out why they do the sometimes outlandish things they do. Also I love the hours of returning to somewhere I have loved in the past as I always, at the start of writing a new novel, choose such a place for my setting.
Writing is also a reason to explore and study every moment in life as who knows when I might need it.

Hal Alpiar said...

I love that writing is such a powerful avenue for self-expression, that it serves as my shrink, and that everytime I pick up my pen or poke at my keyboard, I face a new opportunity to teach, learn, entertain, amuse, persuade, provoke, and leave my mark on planet Earth.

I love that I can write as easily in the middle of rush hour at Grand Central Station as tucked into a Belize rainforest riverbank surrounded by wildlife. I love that I can write in parked cars, supermarkets, standing in lines, and sometimes in the dark when a middle-of-the-night idea demands the notepad next to my bed.

I am a seven days-a-week career writer. Forty years of daily drafts and rewrites stand behind me -- from books, business plans, blogs, and billboards, to scripts, curricula, and advertising jingles. And I am madly in love with the unique life experiences and challenges these writing missions have provided.

It is of course the call to exceed my own expectations that underlies my purpose in rising with each sunrise...to outperform myself with a better blog post or Twitter Tweet than yesterday, a better feature story, a better love letter.

A well-known college baseball coach teaches players to focus on the fact that every hit and every pitch is always just between each of them and the ball. Writing is always just between my fingers and my brain, and neither ever lets the other down.

What's not to love about writing?

talshannon said...

The big bang.

Madison said...

There's something so magical about creating a story. It is an addiction, and a good one.

I love every part of the writing process except writing synops. I have been writing since I was six, so that's almost fourteen years. I don't see myself stopping anytime soon! :D

Damyanti said...

I'm not sure I totally enjoy writing. When the words flow, I'm riveted, yes, but I'm not terribly in love with it. I'm just taking dictation from some unknown entity, after all. Revision--not bad, but not what I love either.

The only part I really love about writing is when I go back to a piece I'd written months, years, back, and it surprises me: Wow! Really? I wrote that?

Here's an interesting link on how published novelists think of their writing:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/
books/2009/mar/03/
authors-on-writing

lisanneharris said...

Researching. I love to research historical facts--almost as much as writing historical romance. Hell, I even love reading Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary. It's the coolest source for ensuring my word choices are true to their time.

Anyone want to pay me to do their research? *grin*

Lis'Anne

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of writing is that it makes me feel no part of my life--no bad decision or mistake, no day spent doing something boring--is wasted. Any of it can seed a new story or give me the perspective for a scene or a line of dialogue.

Scott said...

I have this one scene with a minor character who plays a vital role and then disappears. When that character comes on stage, people are sucked into the scene so hard that it becomes real.

When I read that scene and realize that, somehow, it leaked out through MY thick skull, I remember why this is all worth doing, and I remember why I love writing.

I just wish I could get that same energy on every page.

Kylie said...

Making up stories. It's a long daydream world you get to explore and enrich for a long period of time. Then you can share your daydream with other people.

Jim Lamb said...

I love the magic of words. When a writer can place a series of simple letters, squiggly little marks really, in such an order that they alter the emotions of another person--that's real magic right there.

Sarah said...

I'd like to visit D.A.A. and Mira's worlds!

Does the glamor and money come before or after I sell my terrific idea? And is there a special sort of query for ideas? I'm guessing it would be longer and single spaced...

Thanks for the laugh.

Katy said...

What i love about writing is how the little details of every day life can become magnificent stories.

Another thing is how you have an infinite number of chances to get something right...it's the ultimate risk-free activity...of course, the risk comes later, when you decide to show your work to other people.

Heather said...

Making something out of nothing.

Greenleaf said...

Two things come to mind: 1) being able to say something in writing that people read and say "Wow, that's great!" but if you said the same thing in a conversation, they would look at you like you were a drug-addled weirdo; and helping other writers.

Shruti said...

Yes, the pleasure of creating perfection.

Meg Trotter said...

There's so much to love!

In fiction, it's probably the chance to "become" another person for a while and say things I wish I could say, do things I wish I could do. Plus it's fun to get my characters into all sorts of trouble and then figure out how to get them back out again.

In nonfiction, it's the chance to get all my thoughts out in one place and then organize them and edit them until they flow together in a readable and interesting piece.

austere said...

The scowling/gnashing at the beginning.
The relief at first cut.
The sense of otherness long after.
What's to like?

Yet.

gm said...

Great question, Nathan! I'm especially pleased to answer it today because I'm particularly enjoying my writing right now. And the best thing I like about it (an epiphany I had moments ago) was the unexpectedness of a great line or a detail that pops into your head while writing.
That link of writers on writing was great. Here's the formatted version: Writing for a living: a joy or a chore?

Debra said...

I love re-inventing my title every time the book takes me down a new road;

I love the rush of meeting the perfect phrase. That glorious moment when you write a line and realize, 'That's it, baby - It's Miller time';

I love the adrenaline rush of a Friday deadline;

And I love the privilege of being in a community of wonderful women writers.

Diggin’ the positivity, Nathan!

mkcbunny said...

When I do it well, I feel both professionally and personally satisfied. So, in simplest terms, writing makes me feel good.

jan.s said...

To read each person's response to this question is to enter into the world, not as we know it, but as we would find...the other, not so far removed from us yet different enough ... to don the hat that doesn't fit, and the one that makes one too too cool...the actor, the fool..succeeding in making life not quite the easy fit...this is what I love...the unexpected....and thank you each and every one for taking the time to write and read this addition...

Hat Man said...

I love that it transports me to another time and place of my own choosing and allows me to frolick with my friends.

Jovanna said...

I like to write because my writing is something that's mine. Because I've read just about every book in my house and don't have the opportunity to get new ones or borrow, I write to give myself something to read... and it's a wonderful project I can work on in my spare time. I have an awful time trying to choose anything I want to read anyway. Also, it's one of those skills that improve with time and experience, and I love looking back over all my writing and seeing how I've improved. But one of my main reasons is that I'm forever coming up with story ideas that I would love to see in a book and some of them I haven't seen anywhere.

The best thing is when you have a movie flowing in your head and you can capture every scene and detail of the story concisely into a written form.

Gail Goetz said...

I love to write because:

Words never cry
or talk back to me
or get sick
or move away

Words don't need dusting
washing folding, ironing,
or putting away

I don't have to shop for words
grieve for them
battle with them
or hide them away

Words never betray me
belittle me
scam me

Words take me
to places I've never been and
places I know and miss

Words make sunshine
storms
sparkling snowfalls
dark and scary nights

Words return dead parents
lost friendships
grown up babies

Nothing is too evil
silly
or sickening
for words to express

Words make perfect sense
or no sense at all
and both are good

Words do the right thing
or the wrong thing
I get to chose

BarbS. said...

It's a state of being.


Hey, everybody else beat me to the significant lines!

Eva Ulian said...

My advice to writers has always been if you can live without it, then you will do yourself and the world a favour if you don't write.

I hate and love writing, just like food, I do it to live- it is the cause for my existence.

There is no more obscure moment than when you can't create: no greater moment when you give birth to your creation.

oscar said...

I like the suspense of sending it off to a publisher and not knowing if it will be accepted or rejected. After puttng all that effort into it, the agony of waiting for a reply is long and,at times, unacceptable. But, when the answer finally arrives, I give out a big happy HURRAY, whether good or bad, and continue with something I've started in the meantime.

kate said...

I love making the things that I can see in mind come to life for other people. . .writing makes me feel sane.

p.s. Thanks for your blog, I find it both educational and interesting!

Anonymous said...

The groupies.

Ulysses said...

Indoor work.
No heavy lifting.

slcard said...

Eva, I am on my knees before the altar of your wisdom, but are we creators or interpreters?

Anonymous said...

What I love: Writing the books that I've always wanted to read. I've spent countless hours wandering the aisles of bookstores, searching for the right book, but I've never been able to find it (where "it" varies). I found lots of wonderful, extraordinary, entertaining things, but not the right book, if that makes any sense...

Sarah-Jayne said...

How do you find the words to describe the need that keeps you awake at night, the frustration and devastation that comes with reworking and discarding hours of work after being judged by the harshest cynic within yourself and the deepest, most sought after pleasure that results from the satisfaction and elation of finding the perfect word for just one phrase?

Anonymous said...

I love returning to the work each day eager to find out what's going to happen NEXT!!!!

Mercy Loomis said...

I can't NOT write. The stories just come sometimes. What I love is the feeling of channeling something that is bigger than me, and is still wholly mine. I love having an outlet for my dark side. I love the struggle of translating emotion and sensation into words on a page, and having those words elicit the emotion or sensation that birthed them. And as much as I love having my stories and my characters in my head, I also loved how my brain was so quiet right after I finished the first draft of my novel. It was so peaceful. Of course, it only lasted a few days, but I appreciated the vacation.

Ego said...

I love putting my characters in a room together and seeing what they say. They really make me laugh sometimes.

Michael Reynolds said...

Getting a fat check for sitting on my ass drinking coffee, smoking cigars and typing for three hours a day.
-- Michael Grant

Ink said...

Ulysses, that cracked me...

james said...

Knowing that I have the capacity to surprise myself when a character acts in a manner that I didn't think I could imagine him/her doing.

nancorbett said...

The Zone. When I know I won't have any distractions, I can actually sit down to write and leave the planet. During that time, I reside within my own created world. It's the most delicious thing I know. I've talked to other writer friends, and we all know about The Zone. Leaving The Zone is like waking up from a particularly colorful, entertaining dream.

Eva Ulian said...

Slcard, Well, I do believe when we write we both interpret and create- as I describe in my "reality fiction" technique: "The mind draws out an image from the past, gives it a new reality, a life of its own." By the way, you can get up from your knees now, thank you. Cute!

Lucinda said...

Writing is much like the green ribbon around a certain little girl's neck. People kept asking her why she wore the green ribbon until one day a boy pulled it off and her head fell off. Writing keeps my head on my shoulders.

I love the adventures, the characters, the places,and possibilities without boundaries. Unlike reality where, when things get all tangled up, there is no delete button, writing allows me to be me in the most unbound way. It allows me the freedom to change my mind without suffering the guilt and pain of having thoroughly messed things up.

I love writing because it is freedom!

Anonymous said...

What's Love got to do with it?

freddie said...

When the plot sort of clicks and you see the whole story from beginning to end, almost.

Jane said...

Exploring with a plan in mind, discovering the unexpected.

Allison Brennan said...

Is this a trick question? Are you asking about the WRITING or the STORYTELLING. I love storytelling. The feeling when something clicks inside and I know I have a story. The writing itself is damn hard work. But the storytelling isn't. What I love about writing isn't the same as what I love about storytelling or even about being an author.

But the truth is, I've been writing since I was six and I don't think I could stop if I wanted to.

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