Why Do I Write?

I began writing fiction novels in the early 2000s mainly for fun and as a bit of a therapeutic de-stressor during a rather difficult time in my life. Writing allowed me to explore my inner world in a way that took my mind into the realm of what could be. I wrote stories that I would like to read myself and that allowed me to escape into the wonder of existence and the adventure of relationship with characters that I liked.

Although I started out writing for myself, I soon realized that I would also like to give away some of that wonder and adventure to others. And yes, hopefully give away a bit of the therapeutic distressing as well.

As young people, we all have ambitions for what we might do or who we might become. Some people hope for fame or wealth. Power is always popular. For me, I think my driving ambition has always been to have something to give away that someone else wants. I remember once as a child wanting to ‘make friends’ and connect with other kids (yes, even introspective kids want to connect). One time, to try to connect, I offered my very favorite toy as a gift. Sadly, my hoped-for friend simply pushed the toy aside, not valuing it to the same degree that I had and not even recognizing my offering as a gesture of friendship. I’m still that little boy, hoping to give something away, and writing is something I have to give, sometimes valued and sometimes not so much!

With the publication of my first SF novel, The Arasmith Certainty Principle, by Double Dragon Publishing (check it out here!), I am once again offering my favorite toy.

Although The Arasmith Certainty Principle is my first published novel, it is my third published book. My reasons for writing my other books were somewhat different but still along the lines of hoping to give something away. With Learning to Read the Earth and Sky published by NSTA Press, I hoped to expand the appeal of Earth Science as an exciting way to explore our universe and also to promote my passionate belief that science is more about what we do—science reasoning skills that we can practice—and less about the facts or theories that we acquire through those practices. Although a bit more academic than my fiction, it was still something I hoped to give away to others. With A Little Book of Gardening in Northwest Minnesota, I wanted to share my joy in the spiritual journey of creating landscapes and growing plants, mainly for family and friends.

Often writers say they write because they must, driven by inner stories and ideas that demand to be revealed. Due to the difficulty of making a living through writing, publishers and agents often advise would-be writers to only write if they can find no way to escape that urge. But for me, I write because I hope to give something away, and if there are one or two who value my toys in the same way I do, then that is all to the good!


Russ C.

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