I once kidded my family that “books are what I have instead of a life.” Of course, this is a gross exaggeration, but it kind of hits on why we write.
Writing is a brutal, heart-breaking business. If you doubt that, just read Larry Brooks’ latest post, “Help Wanted: Hiring Fiction Writers Now” on his web site, http://StoryFix.com.
So why do we do it? I like Dwight Swain’s answer in TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER:
“The writer seeks a larger world for himself. Because The World That Is can never be quite large enough to suit him. Hemmed in by reality, he feels restive, no matter how ideal his situation may appear to another eye. A rut gilded, to him, still remains a rut.
So a writer seeks a way of life, and that way constitutes its own reward. Once let a writer recognize this and understand his own dynamics, uncertainty and self-doubt fade. He won’t have to kid himself about fame or money or independence. He’ll build larger worlds of his private choosing and live content.”
Sounds good to me.
Today, we pause to solemnly remember:
- The bombing and murder of thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center in 2001.
- The deaths of four Americans at Benghazi in 2012.
- The beginning of the cover-up of Benghazi — with BO, Hillary, Susan Rice, etc. blaming it on a u-tube video.
We will never forget. We will never stop fighting for truth and justice to prevail.
It’s all about wine, writing, sex, and friendship. It drew my attention because it’s about two guys on a tasting tour of the California wine country, which I recently did with Charlotte and Jaime. Only these two guys are both having midlife crises.
It’s witty and funny. I laughed out loud. It also left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling because these are people who say exactly what they’re thinking, and they act on exactly what they’re feeling. Most of us are so constrained and “correct,” always feeling like we have to say and do the right thing. It feels so freeing to be around people who let it all hang out, even though they put themselves through some pretty awkward situations.
Highly recommended. Enjoy it with a good glass of wine!