Tuesday, April 21, 2009
4th of 5 hard questions
This is more about us as writers/readers: What compels us to write fiction/memoir/poetry? I am not sure I can answer that. I write all sorts of things, mainly because I find that I like to put my thoughts down on paper. (Yes, paper. I prefer to write in notebooks, and only type onto the computer what I want to submit for others to read--such as this blog--but mainly to print it out or send it out for publication.) I write fiction if I feel that I have a story to tell. I write memoirs only for my own reading or for family. The title of my memoirs is If Anyone Should Ask. I write that only when I need to get past a dead zone in my writing. I don't believe in "writer's block" but sometimes writing is harder than other times. Poetry: I rarely write poetry. I don't think I ever feel compelled to write that.