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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Why write?

Many times in interviews, the question is asked, "Why do you write?" or "What motivated you to start writing?" Even co-workers ask me, "How do you do it?"

My husband says I have a lot of patience. Well, I do, but writing is so much more. I enjoy writing, and gosh darn it, I'd love to write full time. After a long and stressful day at the office, I'm ecstatic to come home and spend a few hours writing. I have so many ideas for books. I want to get them out of my head and share them with others. I'm a very sharing person, in case you didn't know :o) Check out my blog for contests!
Back to the subject. Writing started as an interest of mine that I never fully pursued. When I was a kid in school, the teachers always made good comments about my essays and reports. I liked writing, even then. During my teen years, I wrote to pen-pals. Fast forward several years, and I wrote a short story. But all along, I had other priorities in life. Writing was a hobby.

Years pass by, I finish school, gain a degree, my kid grows up, and I find myself having a lot of free time. I started writing again. This time, I write and write and can't stop. Yes, I'm addicted to writing. Like with reading, my mind is in another world when I write. No stress. No worries. Whatever I want to conjure up, I can. We all have to have some way to escape reality. Right?

How do I do it? Answer- writing is a passion. I choose to spend my time writing or reading evenings and weekends instead of lounging on the sofa—not that relaxing in front of the telly is bad. I just spend my time differently. MY choice. I like to stay active, mentally not physically active. Never been a runner or into sports. I'm the geek, the reader, the curious one getting into trouble. Maybe writing has always been a piece of my soul that I couldn't or wouldn't release. And now that I have time, I spend every minute that I can writing. The nerdy beast is free. LOL. I write because I love it and it satisfies me. In a way, I do think it has been a part of me since birth. Can't explain it, but it feels right. Know what I mean?

Where do I plan to go with my writing? As far as possible. Hell, yeah! And if a publisher doesn't want the story, guess what? There's this great thing called "self publication" that is taking off like a wild fire. Freelance editors and cover artists are looking for work. Writers can now take control.
So, I say to those wanting to write or have not been published yet . . . write what you love and enjoy, and don't give up. Don't get discouraged by rejections. If you truly want to write, then do it. There are tools available, resources, to help you. Reading and writing helps improve your work. I firmly believe this. Pursue your dream. If you don't, you have yourself to blame.

BTW, my 4th Soul Catcher novel, Love Conquers All Evil, comes out 8/15/2011.

If you are interested in paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy, stop by my website or publisher's website for blurbs and more information. (

Have a good day!

Mary Abshire
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Author


  1. Writing is a passion with me as well. My daughter keeps reminding me that there's more to life than sitting in front of a computer screen. But what can be more exciting than seeing what my characters will do next? :)

  2. Mary, do people try to give you plot ideas, like you might not have enough of your own?

  3. Hi Ladies. Writing is so addictive. I totally understand where you're coming from, Dianne.

    Marianne, easy answer. No. LOL. I don't talk much about my books with my family or friends, and they don't ask me details about them. I come up with my own plots.

    Thanks for reading my post and leaving a comment!

  4. If you don't have the passion to write, nothing happens. Writers are driven to put our stories into words and share them. And, we become addicted to doing it so keep writing more!

  5. LOL. No Mary, I didn't mean to ask you if your plots were your own. I know they are!

    I have so many ideas for stories that it cracks me up when someone tells me, "I have all these great ideas for books. You should write them."

    I was wondering if people did that to you too.

  6. Marianne, my husband sometimes will say you should write... and I just stare at him. Good ideas, but not what I'm looking for. Sometimes I'll be talking to people about life or things in the news and I'll come up with an idea for a book. I should write them all down, but I don't. I have some written down. There's just too darn many to keep up with :)


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