That's a question I've been asking myself recently. The answer is simple: I love being clever and creating clever stories. I imagine that's one of many reasons writers ply their craft.
But then another question arises. Why bother to show it to others? I, by nature, am not a people person and never will be. I can be as charming as the next guy and make everyone around me laugh, but I can also be a jerk. Hey, who isn't at one time or another? I have a low threshold for people at times, and I tend to seek privacy more often than not. I've traditionally only cared what a few people think of me. In short, I'm not what one might call "sociable." Then why do I put my work out there for people, most likely strangers, to see? Why do I care?
Some might say it's a power trip. Could be. Money? Considering that first time indie authors don't usually make money, and that I had resolved myself *not* to make very much money until I built up a readership, I wouldn't say money was my motivation. My book Shades of Light: Book One of the Walker Chronicles has done far better than the few sales I hoped to see. The fact I've made enough money to cover the costs involved in the whole endeavor is just gravy.
After doing a lot of soul-searching, I decided my main reason for putting out my writings was to make others smile. When I first discovered books as a kid, I read a great deal and enjoyed a good story more than anything. I loved being transported away from my mundane world into places where my imagination went wild. That explains why I eventually began considering my own fantasy world and stories within it. When someone tells me how much they enjoyed my story, I truly get a warm feeling of accomplishment knowing that someone appreciates my work and was impressed by it.
Another side note concerning satisfaction would be that a friend of mine has begun devoting more time to writing a story he's been thinking about for a while. He said that when he saw what I'd done and how successful I was, not to mention that he liked the story, he became motivated to write. I was stunned and tickled pink when I heard that. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that you've made a positive impact on someone else.
So write because you want money, praise, satisfaction, whatever. Just write if you have something to create. It's fun!
4. I'd like to hear from those of you who have read
the book. There are a lot of them selling, but only 10 reviews have shown up on
Amazon. Tell the old man what you think by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org