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Because I must

I thought for quite a while (nearly an hour, if we have to be technical) about the subject for my blog post today, my first informational post in quite a while, as opposed to my Fiction Friday short-short stories. I could give you the song and dance catching you up on my life, but not all that much has changed in the last few months.
Today being Trycanta Tuesday, I could give you the news on my progress on the next Tales of Anosir book. Always assuming I had such news to give. (Sadly I don't.) Or I could acquaint you with a thought process which has been with me quite a bit over these same last few months, as I struggle with a lot of very big questions in my life.
You see, I hit a milestone birthday at the end of this July. Anyone who's been around the fandom a while will know which one. Then there's been recovery from my car accident at Christmas and the loss of my much-loved cats, Poppy and Sesame. A few other personal troubles, and just the general ARGH of life, left me wondering...
Well, wondering a lot of things, but chiefly, why. Why, especially, I should go on writing. It exposes me to anonymous and scathing criticism, which hurts me terribly and leaves me no way to respond. It's a lot of exhausting work for me, and rewards are often few and far between, not to mention uncertain. So why? Why do I write?
The answer is in the title of today's post, O readers. Because I must. Because stories are in my head and in my heart, and they won't rest until they are told. And when they don't rest, I don't rest. (Sometimes more literally than others. Ask the roommate about the 2:45 nights. Or, on the other hand, don't. She isn't too fond of those.)
Are my stories perfect stories, about perfect people, in perfect worlds? Or, on the other end of the spectrum, do they represent every last atom of reality? No, to both. But then, my stories are not meant to do either of those things. They are meant to entertain, to amuse, and perhaps, just a little, to enlighten or spur on thought.
So I will not stop writing. Not when some people tell me that everything that makes me different makes me worthless. Not when other people devour what I offer them for free and refuse to give anything back. Not when still other people try to manipulate me by more devious methods than these. I will not stop writing.
Now if I could just get the writing to be something I recognize and can use!
Work on the Dangerverse, my epic fan fiction universe, continues as always, since I am now only twelve chapters away from completing it (after almost ten years). Work on Playing with Fire (the Chronicles of Glenscar) and Snowball(Tales of Anosir) is stalled at the moment. But I will not stop writing. Soon or late, their time will come.
Why do I write? Because I love it. Because I think the world needs it. And most of all, because I must.
See you next time.

5 Comments to Because I must:

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lilyginnyrose on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:46 PM
As a writer, you're an artist. And not everyone likes what an artist does, consequently there is criticism. However, there's a difference between constructive criticism and flaming. The first, while harsh, can help, the second serves just to discourage artists. In my opinion, if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. You might enjoy venting your opinions, but other people enjoy the story, and they won't thank you if you make someone stop writing. The world is never a better place if somebody stops using their creativity. Anne, thank you, for not stopping, even though there have been enough idiots who have thought you should. You could have stopped publishing and written only for yourself and friends, but you didn't and for that I and my sister and I don't know how many other people now have a little bit extra joy in our lives.
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Alex Conall on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 7:29 PM
*cheers you on*
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Dangams on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 7:30 PM
There's a quote from one of the best nonfiction books I've read, which states that 'stories will always be told'. The author also suggests a new definition for what sets us apart from other animals: we create and share stories. Not Homo Sapiens, but Homo Narrans.
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NotACat on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 1:40 AM
You are an inspiration. Not only are you mentioned on Wikipedia, you are my go-to example of what fan-fiction and Alternate Universes mean. Not to mention, if it weren't for you I would never have even tried to start writing. Feeble and fumbling though my efforts might be, they would not have existed but for you.
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Haminac on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 3:46 AM
I think you summed up the only reason someone should write and people are writing. And the reason you should never let yourself be tackled down by those people who criticize unfairly. Because I think another statement comes logically out of the one you made: Namely the answer to the question: For whom do you write? You don't do it for me or for fans in general or for critics. You do it for yourself. For getting the stories from your head and heart out on paper or screen. That some people love it and others hate it is a side effect. One much more pleasant, motivating, very rewarding and overall feelgood than the other of course but still "only" a side effect. The first time you wrote something you would consider a story from today's viewpoint, did you write it because you wanted to do it, or because you thought other people would be interested in it? Maybe these thoughts will be helping a bit when you have to deal with critic-related jerks next time.
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