I began writing, primarily because I was certain that an adventure I had taken would make a blockbuster movie. Since I had zero experience, I suggested to a few friends “in the business” that they write a screen play about my great journey. I also suggested who should play my part. I have since been told the act of picking which actors are to be in the movie before you have a signed contract, is referred to as Casterbation.
The plan went the way of many of my other great ideas. The properly equipped professionals suggested this wasn’t a task to be farmed out—that I should be the one to tell the story—so, I signed up for a creative writing class and began my long-standing love affair with spinning word-webs and fabricating tales from the heart.
Why I write – now
Now that I have experience with rhythm, voice, and the love of words, I write for the emotional journey. Writing is so much more than telling the story. It’s about being brave in your choices, being playful, and hiding your meaning and symbolism in plain sight. I close my eyes and enter the scene with my characters.
The idea of human inequality and how it comes to be has always baffled me, so the foundation for some of my subjects definitely comes more from the heart than the brain. To date, all my fiction has been character driven, and while I express my own feelings about the issues, somehow the language flows from them. My stories tend to highlight working class relationships and quirky personalities, both more complicated than they originally appear. And, with a bit of writing luck, they come weighed down with a river of anguish to navigate.
I write because a well constructed image, or carefully honed prose, turns me on. When I read inspired passages I stop and savor them, in the same way I interrupt a brisk walk to smell a flower that has caught my attention.
I write because I like the magical element of peeling the layers and exploring the characters motives, their decency, and their struggle to make sense of the turns their lives have taken.
I write because it’s fun to wander around the darker corners of the human experience, and play with ways to carry the reader along on waves of tension and release, choice and irony.
Sometimes I start from a place or smell, sometimes from a song or a feeling. I like descriptive imagery that allows the reader to color in their own details. I like being in a creative environment, around true artists of all kinds.
I still think my great adventure would make a good movie, but I have yet to tell that story.
When the task of writing grows inevitably arduous—and seemingly thankless—we must remember why we started. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” this introspective project highlights our motives for writing. Share your story and join the conversation. Live events are produced throughout the diverse cities of Orange County and feature author readings from curated essay submissions.
- Write a 500-word essay explaining why you write.
- Submit via Submittable.
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