10 Things I Love About Writing

It’s hard to to decide what’s best about about the writing life. Here are ten things to love about being a writer!

 

Tell me your opinion: What do you love most about writing?

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

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  1. I think what I love most about writing is the way I can get my great ideas out in a clear manner to hopefully help and inspire people.

  2. What I love about writing is that it is a relatively quick and satisfying way of transforming vague ideas into something that can be physically seen, interpreted and argued about. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but writing a thousand words is quicker.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Very true. Same goes for movies or TV. It takes hordes of people to create a visual story. A book only needs one.

  3. For me, I would say it’s the contiual progress and achievment as well putting daydreams to good use.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Great way to put it. It’s the daydreams that call me to write, but it’s the sense of achievement that keeps me going.

  4. I love the process and how it leads. I love the surrender end of writing, just giving in to the flow and relaxing with it, letting ideas stew, talking out ideas out loud while driving, doing mounds of research and then one day, out of the blue, a line comes into your head and you are able to get out a chapter or a preface. SO fun!

    • K.M. Weiland says

      The part of ourselves that taps into inspiration is one of the best parts of being human. Hard to imagine how people can through their lives without a creative outlet such as writing.

  5. It’s hard to narrow it down but I do love the constant source of entertainment, amusement and delight that making up stories in my head gives me in any and every situation in life. Sometimes it even interrupts my reading of other books. But then the joy of seeing those stories flow onto the page and the different dynamic of writing for others (as opposed to following the flow of a story for myself) is just as delightful. And then I think of the elation when someone reads my stories and is caught up in them, wanting to read more, even changed and inspired by them. As I said, it’s hard to narrow it down.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Yes, definitely hard to narrow down. What I love is stories – whatever format they come in – but there’s always an extra charge when we get to be the ones creating those stories.

  6. Thanks, K.M. I needed this reminder. (See my current status on Facebook.)

  7. My favorite part about writing is the ability to inspire others. That goes for kids as well as adults!

    • K.M. Weiland says

      It’s a joy to write for ourselves, but it’s a joy compounded when we get to share our dreams with others.

  8. Aspiring writer here… When writing I have these pursuits in mind:
    1) To explore my philosophies and embody those concepts in characters, rather than leave them stagnant as mere intellectual arguments.
    2) To enjoy the beautiful imageries and lyrical sentences that gush out of me occasionally (on my good days)
    3) To give opportunities for introspection
    4) To make the characters undergo the worst events possible and come out with hope and faith. It is heartbreaking to throw them into wherever they end up, but it’s elating to see them overcome tragedies.
    5) To explore those characters’ psychology and thereby human nature

    As you can see, I mostly write for myself. But it’d be a joy to see someone else enjoy my writing as much as I do.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Nothing wrong with “mostly writing for yourself.” I do. Also nothing wrong with writing mostly for an audience. But I do think we find more fulfillment as writers when we’re writing, first and foremost, for ourselves. Then we’re happy no matter what happens to our writing on a public level. But if readers do end up loving our stories by the bucket load, so much the better!

  9. I like writing maybe once a month. Or once or twice a year, when I stumble on an old story I haven’t seen for awhile, and actually like what’s written down. That’s always a fun surprise.

    Just kidding. I like it for many reasons, but none of them I could funnel down into writing here. It’s just there, you know? Something I always do, so I must enjoy it on many levels.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Yes, for every moment we like writing, there are probably about two in which we wonder what the heck we’re doing to ourselves!

  10. What I love most about writing is that nearly everything is possible. It was only yesterday that I spent the evening with Alena (we nearly always write together) and we got that great plot idea, and all the events we invented just fit in the story the way we were talking about it. All the ideas might not be adaptable to the real world (especially when you write urban fantasy, as we do) but for the story itself, it makes absolutely sense! Thus, one can put so many ideas drawn out of real life facts and put them into a fictional world. That’s what I love, you take something you heard of in the news, you saw on the street or a friend told you about, something that makes you think about and won’t let the thoughts get away from it. And in your story, you give these facts a place to develop themselves, to fit into a fictional world, and you just live the story. I don’t know where to get this feeling of creating a world so greatly than in writing.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      The bounds of reality are limitless in fiction. That’s one of my favorite things about it as well. It’s also why I find myself gravitating more and more toward fantasy. I love history, but I love even more how I can work historical aspects into a speculative setting without being confined to the facts.

  11. All great things, Katie! I love the ones about characters, and the feeling when a new idea hits you.

    My favorite things about writing is during the editing process: making the story better, or that great sense of relief when I get past a scene I’ve been struggling with. Hitting the send button when the story goes off to my beta reader, or with the final, final edits and the sense of joy I feel that it’s finally done and ready to share with the world. At least I hope it is. 🙂

    • K.M. Weiland says

      I find that every part of the process brings its own joys. My favorite part is probably the pre-writing inspiration high, when the story is still completely unformed and perfect in its possibilities. But the outlining, the researching, the writing, and the editing all bring their own fun.

  12. Aww, this is just beautiful, Katie! We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves, but we do this because we love it. Having the chance to share a bit of our souls with our readers is actually something wonderful. One of the things I love the most is to write something and then say: someone will read this and then finally understand how I feel (even if it is pure fiction).
    Hugs!
    M.

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Such an important thought. Writing can end up being an incredibly stressful lifestyle. It’s so vital for us to remember why we’re doing this and why we’re so blessed to be doing it.

  13. well that top 10 pretty much sums it up but I would like to add (if the writing is really good ofcourse) that your writing can comfort of inspire people in a way.
    And ofcourse the fact that you can teach people something (about history for example) without them even knowing. Its painless learning really (also for the author when you are doin research for a project) which is something you almost never get in school.

  14. Uhm! I guess doing what I do all the time and calling it work : Daydreaming

  15. The pure elation that comes from torturous hard work and the opportunity to help and inspire, mostly. But I esp love how in the process of helping others, we’re forced to look at what moves and inspires Us the writer, which makes us more empathetic beings. So in that sense, the writing process makes us better people. More self-sustained and whole, so that we need less from others 😉

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