I have two little kids. Boys. Tiny, messy, moody and irrational beastlings, really. Make no mistake, I love them and would give up every other part of my life for them if I really, really had to (wow I really hope I don't ever have to. that would suck.) But this whole writing thing is sometimes harder because of the Mom job that I have to do most of the time. And I was thinking about that, but that's probably a different post. What it led into this morning was this... Since there is really quite a lot going on in my life outside of the time I spend pecking at the keyboard producing what might equate to pointless drivel, why do I bother? Why do I go to great lengths and invest so much effort in writing? Or trying to write? What is it that makes this important to me?
I'm not sure I have an answer. I have recently committed seriously to writing, to really trying to get a novel OUT THERE. But I don't know why that feels so important to me. I know I have to do it now. And maybe from now on. Because I'm not getting any younger, and let's face it, though I come from healthy stock, the fourth decade of a person's life is often when nasty health-related things tend to pop up. And it's easier to write when not distracted by cancer (or so I imagine.)
Since that was a thought I had on this topic, it led me to wonder if I feel that I must produce something to leave behind, if this drive to write is produced by my own pointless desire for some form of immortality. Do I really believe that the world will simply not be as good a place without a paranormal young adult romance from Delancey Stewart? No. I think the world would keep right on spinning, ghostly love story aside. I am certainly not arrogant enough to believe that I have something SO important to say that it simply must be said.
I'm going to have to think on this some more, though I doubt I'll ever find a concrete answer. There is something in me that wants to write. It's possibly as simple as that. Maybe it doesn't matter much what I'm writing, though fiction makes me feel like I get to be in charge, and anyone who knows me knows that I like that a lot.
What do you think? What drives us to create, or specifically to write?