Thursday, November 22, 2012

Why I Write

I write because I have no choice, plain and simple at that. When I think, what I see, the things I envision, the people I meet, the dawning of the day, the dreams dreamt, the breath I breathe I see words and those words become sentences. And those sentences become paragraph. And from those paragraphs become stories.

I cannot say that all I see or envision is great, but there is a need to get those words out, so I am a writer of stories. A writer of stories overhauled from the images of people I see in my mind’s eye.

In Elementary I had an aunt who encouraged me to write once she read a story I wrote about Ralph J. Bunch and that we cannot live in a capsule, this was when my conscious level met my need. I’d revamp Classics that I read (i.e. Wuthering Heights) into plays for our class to act out and this is why I write.

Mary Stewart (one of the greatest Victorian writers) was once interviewed by another Londoner, she quoted when asked why she wrote, “…and I think you’re either born with the storyteller’s flair or you’re not. You can learn much about the craft of writing, but you either have the storyteller’s flair or you don’t. It’s no virtue of mine. It’s just there. In a story, however, each point of rest is also a point of departure; you can’t help it.” And I agree, that the storyteller wants to let the story out to be heard, read, visualize, tasted, chewed and spat out, this is why I write.

Perhaps what I write may not appeal to the masses, but I have the need to entertain, and this entertainment is through written word, this is why I write.

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Stephen L. Brayton said...

Yep, very similar to what I wrote. I want to entertain and share some fun.

Melodie Campbell said...

Augie, you are one of us, all right! I directed my friends in made-up plays from the age of seven.
Nice post.

john M. Daniel said...

Good post, Augie! Thank you for plugging Mary Stewart. She's one of my favorites. I especially like her books about Merllin--The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, etc.

John Brantingham said...

Great post and what an inspritation! You are a born story-teller, Augie!

Cora said...

I tend to agree somewhat that storytelling in innate, or at least learned very early on, but that's only half of the picture. The grasp of writing craft is the other half.

Patricia Gligor said...

I know exactly what you mean. Characters, plot, settings, they all appear as if by magic and we must get them down on paper. That's what writers do.

marja said...

I believe the best stories are written by people who simply want to entertain the reader, whether it's humorous or dramatic. You seem to fit that mold. Thank you so much for sharing.
Marja McGraw

Lesley Diehl said...

How could I not write? It's like eating or sleeping for me.

jrlindermuth said...

What else would we do with all those voices in our heads if we couldn't put them in stories? Life is all about choices. But for writers it isn't even a matter of choice--it's necessity.

marta chausée said...

Yes, Augie, I believe that you are a natural-born storyteller. Your warmth shines through, and I think people and events open to you in a special way because of it. Keep writing!

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