11 Things I Love about Writing

Because February is arguably the month for love, I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me love writing.

1. I get to read books as much as I want because it’s necessary for becoming a good writer.

2. I can eves drop on conversations and people watch because both give me material for my stories.

3. I get to make things up and play pretend, and no one gets mad at me or questions me.

4. I get to buy school supplies like notebooks; index cards; pencils; and sticky notes at Back-to-School time even though I don’t go to school anymore.

5. I get to daydream all the time because I’m thinking about my story.

6. I get to invent people, places, and problems and create as many happily ever afters as I want to.

7. I can make good things happen to people I care about and bad things happen to people I don’t in my made up stories.

8. I can travel to new places in the name of research for my next story.

9. I can learn new things like how to build a hang glider or how to make a French pastry because a character in my book knows how to do those things.

10. I can face my fears (like driving along a cliff in a snowstorm) without ever having to actually drive along a cliff in a snowstorm—and have the outcome be a happy one.

11. I can create a friend for life because when you spend that much time with a character, she (or he) becomes as real as the best friend you ever had.

Have you ever thought about why you love writing? I actually had to stop myself at eleven. I think I could have gone on to number 22 or 37 or 100. In fact, I may add to this list again sometime because it made me happy just writing it. I guess that’s how you know you really love something, when it brings you joy just thinking about it. 🙂

Let us know why you love writing. Leave a comment for the rest of us. I bet we all share some of the same reasons. I mean, who doesn’t love having an excuse to escape into their own made up world?? And when you’re writing about yours this week, I truly hope it’s in a place you love, with characters you love spending time with!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

~Toni Morrison

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