Some people write because they love making words go together in cool ways.
Some people write because they are good at it. It's a living.
Some people write because they want to be famous, but they suck at singing.
There are lots of reasons. And there are lots of people who write. Seriously, lots. And you thought there were too many who wanted to become pop/rock stars.
And I guess I have a little bit of all those things. (In differing levels, of course.) But wanna know my favorite thing about writing?
Watching people squirm.
Awful, I know. And maybe a little weird. But I love being the puppetmaster. Nothing in the whole world is cooler than seeing someone freak out, or cry, or fall in love, or hide under their sheets, all because of some words you typed into a laptop at 3 am.
When people need to get up early, but they stay up all night reading your words.
When they cry at the devastating plot twist that your character just experienced.
When they hate your guts for a cliffhanger ending.
This makes everything worth it. Everything being all the years of agony and late nights go into every decent novel. (Emphasis on decent.)
Lots of people say, "I'm not writing to get published. I'm just writing for me."
That's all fine and good for some people. But I'd get bored.
I don't write for the paycheck, or the publishing contract either, (though these things would be nice). But I need an audience.
And that is my confession for today.