Why do You Want to Write that Book?

We looked in a previous post at the inspiration behind writing certain books, and why that might be of interest to a reader. This post, let’s look at why you would want to write a book at all.

The sheer love of writing could be one reason, and that may seem the best one.

But is it?

While it’s fun to write a stream of consciousness, do you still find it fun to plot and plan a story, have a proper beginning, a middle and an end? To write a novel, you must take your protagonists on a journey that has a clear destination. Can you see your way there? Do you have enough story to hold a reader’s attention for some 70,000+ words?

Perhaps you love reading and think you’d like to have a go at creating something for others to read. It will surprise you how much work goes into producing a novel. After you decide what it’s going to be about, plan and plot it, write the first draft, the second and the third, you’ll begin to understand how much craftsmanship went into the writing of some of your favourites.

Perhaps great books should come with a warning: please don’t try this at home without adult supervision, the adult being a writing tutor or handbook.

Because you have a story to tell is a sound reason to write a novel, and you may have heard many authors claim, ‘the book was just waiting to be written,’ and that may be true, but I suspect, more often it’s a matter of finding a subject you’d want to stay with for 70,000+ words.

 If you want to write a novel because you view it as a challenge, something new to try, be prepared for a roller-coaster of a ride. The challenge may well be to hang on tight and not fall off before you can complete your challenge.

The reason I ask the question, ‘Why do You Want to Write that Book?’ is not to discourage you from trying to write one, but to encourage you to think about why you want to. Because, unless your reasons are valid, sound ones, you will lose impetus and find it difficult to sustain the writing momentum through the whole lengthy process.

So, if it’s a vague fancy you have to write the novel people claim everyone has in them, I’d like to  respectfully suggest you find a better reason.

Writing novels is terrific fun, hugely satisfying, and the sense of accomplishment on completing the challenge is hard to beat, but it is also hard work, time-consuming and anti-social.

Still determined to try?

Go for it!

I did, and, much to my own surprise, I have managed to produce a fistful plus of published novels with number seven waiting in the wings.


So, what impels you to write your novels?

I’d love to know.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan
    Oct 28, 2015 @ 01:52:53

    I used to be terrified by the idea that we all have a novel in us. My fear was – what do I write when that novel is finished? Turns out I didn’t have to worry. After I spent about four years writing that first (really dreary but complete) novel, I set it aside and discovered that the floodgates had opened. The rest of them couldn’t wait to get out of my head and take their place in the world. Writing novels is just the best fun ever, and planning all the intricacies of plot, motivations and character arcs is way more exciting than anything I ever did before this, and that includes thirty years in the entertainment industry!

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  2. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin
    Oct 28, 2015 @ 19:05:42

    Not an easy journey Christine, I am still trying to put my Antholigy together, but life keeps getting in the way 😊

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  3. Amanda Stoker
    Oct 30, 2015 @ 02:43:01

    What a great post!

    I agree, it is very time-consuming and takes a lot of hard work. There were moments that I wanted to give up while writing my novel, but once I finished it felt great. I just recently finished the paperback process and holding your own book in your hand for the first time is an even better feeling.

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    • cicampbell2013
      Oct 30, 2015 @ 03:53:18

      Thank you, Amanda.
      It does feel good, doesn’t it? To finish writing, editing and producing s novel is a huge achievement.
      I agree with you, to hold the paperback of your own novel is a tremendous, special, awesome feeling.



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