This weekend meet Canadian Superromance author Stella McLean, with her reasons for creating heartwarming love stories!
WHAT MAKES A WRITER TICK?
I wish I didn’t need to write. And there are days when life would be much simpler if I didn’t. So, why do I write? Why do any of us write? What makes us put hours and hours of writing time into a book, and then spend many more hours working on the promotion of that book?
It’s not for the money, unless you’ve hit the mother lode on the New York Times bestseller list. When I sold my first book, I worked it out, and if I counted the eleven manuscripts and ten years of writing, my first book earned me about four cents an hour!
We didn’t pick writing for the social life, as writing is a solitary profession, one with endless work and worry about whether there will be a next book contract, and whether anyone will buy our next offering. There are times when a writing career seems to be a short cut to terminal anxiety.
After years of wondering what made me do it, here’s the best I can come up with, and maybe you can say this better than I can, so please feel free to add your comments.
I believe that for many of us, writing began as the fulfillment of a dream that what we wrote would somehow make a difference in someone’s life. We honestly believed that we could entertain people with our stories of love and caring, that our reader would experience a “me too” moment when they read our character’s story. But as time passed, and rejections made us doubt our abilities, we had to search deeper inside ourselves to stay motivated to continue. For me, I love to write, to sit at my computer and put words up there on the screen. But they’re not just any words. They are coming from some internal source I didn’t know existed until I began to spend serious hours on writing back in the nineties. For me, the discovery that writing stories made me feel happy and filled me with a strange contentment kept me going. Sure I wanted to be published, and I spent YEARS as the rejection queen of my RWA chapter, but what other profession allowed me to give shape to what was going on inside me?
What motivated me was the sense that no matter how long I had to wait for publication, there was always that strange feeling of joy created when I sat at the key board, typing away while my inner ‘writing core’ fed me the story line.
And to this day, stories appear in every part of my life. I find story ideas in everything I do. This free-floating, find-a-story-anywhere thing has always been a part of my life. And you know what’s best about it? It’s all mine….until someone publishes it.
What about you? What drives your story creation?
Stella MacLean’s next Super Romance is out March 10th. Baby In Her Arms is a story about second chances in love AND in life.