Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bramkamp: Why Do We Bother Writing?


Catharine Bramkamp

Guest Post: Start your writers' conference learning now with a series of guest blog posts from some of the conference faculty. This guest post comes from Joyce Wycoff, conference program guide, author of a young adult fantasy novella, Sarana’s Gift and a specialty journal, Gratitude Miracles, the 5-minute journal that could change everything!



Guest Post: Start your writers' conference learning now with a series of guest blog posts from some of the conference faculty. This guest post comes from Catharine Bramkamp, author of 15 books, co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns, dynamic writing coach and Chief Storytelling Officer for Winesecrets.

Why Do We Bother Writing?

We feed blogs, we write tweets, we compose witty face book posts. Why bother writing a whole book?

Because like Half - Dome, it’s there.

Because a book will sit on your shelf and remind you, every day, that you are a real author. A book is the mute testimony of an Herculean effort that few accomplish.   A book proves something.  To you and to the world at large.

Books come in many irritations, but most would agree that there is nothing like the real thing.  There is power in holding a book in your hand. That’s why you sweat and toil and try to figure out this week's version of the publishing system. (Once you learn about the big publishers, you will run screaming from your computer, cower in a corner, suck your thumb, then realize it’s much easier to publish the damn thing yourself.)

Books are not  lightly cast aside.  Books are important. They wouldn’t be burned if they weren’t.

Kindle books can be erased, but for drama?  Fire. - 451 Fahrenheit for the home game.

We write books because we believe in our words and what we have to say. We bother writing a book because it’s real.

And we know, by reading about it, that being real is  not only the ultimate goal of every  Velveteen Rabbit, it’s ours too.

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