This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question — Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
I like both of those reasons though Camus’ is much too grand for me–I don’t see myself as that important–and O’Conner’s too introspective–I don’t waste time in a failed effort to figure out who I am. Mostly, I write for the same reason I read: to escape. To get away from a world that is spinning too fast, often out of control, and often beyond my ability to affect. I never choose dystopian stories, nor fatalistic or nihilistic. I pick those where I can lose myself in a world filled with flawed people I like who generally stumble upon ways to solve problems because they refuse to quit, maybe don’t know how.
Like I might.
So, I write in the same way–about worlds with worthy challenges that are solved not by doing the normal but discovering the new.
How about you?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.