Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Early on in grade school we learned the importance of the 5 W’s and how to apply them in our story telling. Twenty years later and I still use a 5 W’s quick outline for all of my stories. I find it helps me focus when I get lost in the chaos of a novel.
I am sitting here listening to the torrential rain pummel my house and beat up my herb garden, I find myself asking a multitude of questions starting with Why?
Why do I keep leaving my posts until the last minute, where unforeseen circumstances always threaten to delay my words?
Why do I torture myself on a weekly basis trying to come up with a topic to type out in the hopes that someone will like what I have to say?
Why didn’t I think to write that character’s point of view in a time line sequence instead of a diary?
Why do I think I can write something different enough that somebody will give two cents to what I have to say?
Then finally the big one, Why do I write?
These are the questions that have been rolling around in the back (front, side, other lobes) of my head all day.
That last question had me going back mentally in time to a post that Charli did a few weeks (months?) ago that I loved. As a writer we are always having to think about and figure out our branding. Almost as though we have to pimp out our words in the hopes that someone will like us enough to get noticed one day.
Maybe thinking of it as pimping out is a bad choice of words.
See! Branding is stressful, now I will be known as the writer who considers what she does as pimping.
Branding is a big part of what we have to do, being a writer is not just about writing. (Ha, that is what Amanda just said in her last post!) One thinks that writing is the perfect career choice for a hermit/recluse. And that is still the case… as long as you do not care if anyone reads your work. As in ever.
A writer has to not only imagine the story, write the words, edit the words, re-edit the words, but then sale the words. By doing so, one must brand themselves.
Seems easy. Let’s see how I do…
Who am I? AJ Prince, a writer
What am I? Human… Ha! ok seriously, What do I write? Realistic fiction, contemporary fiction, family; YA (Young Adult)/NA (New Adult)
When do I write? Always, when I am not physically writing, I am thinking about writing/ story lines/ plot lines. Or When did I become a writer? When I learned to spell. 🙂
Where do I write? In the U.S., but never at a desk.
Why do I write? ………………………………….
No one wants to hear “Because I have to.” or “Because the voices talk to me.” or “It’s just a part of who I am.”, because yeah, you and every other writer in the world. To answer the Why, you need to dig deeper than that. Remember, you are branding yourself, trying to stand out in the pool of words/authors.
You have to think of the Why as in a motivation term. Why is your story any different from the next person’s? Why should I spend my time/money reading your book? Why are you special?
So why do I write? Because I have something to say. In this infinite sea of writers, I am the only me and the only person who can tell my characters stories the way that they need to be told. They are as real to me as you are to me, maybe more so because I can see what they look like in my head where as I only know what a handful of you look like on the other side of this screen.
Now here’s the hard question, Why do YOU write? If you aren’t a writer, why do you do what you do? Let me know in the comments below.
Till next time,