I feel the only appropriate introduction to this blog would be to tell all of you why I write. Stories such as "The Secret Garden" and "Alice in Wonderland" allowed me to hope that worlds such as that exist. Magical places that I could escape to, keys that would unlock a beauty that could only be described by Frances Hodgson Burnett, or rabbit holes that went on forever as imagined by Lewis Carroll. I believed in these places, and I wanted nothing more than to be part of them, the scary parts, and all. Soon my imagination turned to love stories, the kind that leaves you with tissues, and a longing for that type of love. Nicholas Sparks brought me to a world that depicted so much more than the movie remakes could ever portray. Elizabeth Berg said this, "I still think about characters and sometimes I--this sounds awful to say, but I draw inspiration from my own characters. You know, what would Lainey do? Do you think she'd be sitting here bitching about this? No! She Wouldn't" (Writer's Digest March/April 2010). She has allowed me to realize that it is okay to be in love with my own characters. In fact, those very characters are a piece of me.
I write because it allows me to escape into a world that I created in my mind a long time ago. I write because I dream of more than what we see in front of us, and because my imagination carries me throughout the day. If I did not write, I think I might explode! I write because I love it and someday someone will be reading one of my books, and they will love it too! I write because I am a passionate person who dreams. I write because it is who I am--and I will no longer deny myself that right!
The Write Life will be a place that I can be who I want to be. I will discuss intimate details about the very characters that have entered my life. I am sure I will complain and maybe even cuss about the struggles of not knowing what to put in that next paragraph! I will share my joys and disappointments of the struggles of becoming a published writer. Most of all, I will write!
As a child, I would scribble on notebook paper pretending to be writing stories. I could not read at that point, but I was persistent at making sure that others would listen to the words that I claimed I had written. I chose books that allowed for me to get lost within the twisting drama and drawn out love stories. I would pretend that I was the main character, reacting in shock if she was in shock, and devastated if she was devastated. Now I write, creating my own adventures, and breathing life into characters that have been inside of me for a long time. The passion that I feel with each word that I write can only be described through the characters I write about. I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer. Most of the time I do not know what the character will be doing until he or she is doing it. It keeps it interesting, and allows me to live life right beside them. If I never become a published writer, I will always have my characters and for me that is the write life!