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10 Reasons to Write Fiction

10 Reasons to Write Fiction

Why do I write fiction? Lots of reasons, including the all-important fact that I like writing. But that came later. What came first was stories.

My theory on what makes good fiction is made up of two parts.

One: All the pieces have to be in place to satisfy and stimulate my intellect.

Two: Once Step One is completed, then comes the magic: that emotional connection that makes me feel something.

All of the wonderful stories that have impacted my life? They are the reasons I try to create that same experience in my own stories. Here are ten reasons I write fiction:

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Not enough reasons for you? No problem. I’ve got a hundred more!

Let’s chat! What are some of the story moments that are indelibly imprinted in your life? Tell me in the comments!

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19 Comments

  1. Those are such wonderful reasons. 🙂 I especially like 4 and 10, but you can’t forget Steve McQueen. I don’t know if I can pin mine down to certain moments as well as you did, but they’re usually a moment like courage in the face of fear, self-sacrifice, unconditional love, morality in the face of evil, and beauty in ordinary or unexpected places.

    This is such a lovely post. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the post. It reaffirmed the “why” of “why I write” for me. I feel the same way but didn’t realize it. I’ve been struggling with “but I don’t have anything earth-shattering I want to say”. I just want to write. I just enjoy the craft of writing for those perfect moments…and knowing that *I* am the one who created it. Nice post.

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      In a conversation here recently, I realized that, really, the essence of writing is taking that organic feeling of awe from someone else’s story, putting into the structure of own work, then translating that same organic feeling to our own readers.

  3. One particular moment that sticks out in my mind is one of the last scenes in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Darth Vader is walking through the darkness of the throne room, looking for Luke Skywalker. All the time, he is goading Luke into fighting him, until Luke finally bursts from the shadows and starts wildly swinging his lightsaber at Vader. He beats Darth Vader into the ground and cuts off the Dark Lord’s hand. And it’s in that moment, staring at Vader’s hand and listening to the satisfied laughter of the Emperor that Luke is completely cognizant of his own dark side. It’s so intense! So I’ve always enjoyed stories where deep internal conflict is involved, and I want to write the same riveting conflicts.

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Totally agree. Actually, it’s hard to think of a scene from the original Star Wars series that isn’t influential. I see it cropping up time and again in my work in really arcane ways.

  4. The first stories that left me with that sense of wonder, of magic, were fairytales. Hansel and Gretel was one of my favorites. More recently, an episode from The Librarians where Santa explains that the Gift he delivers to all humanity isn’t goodwill exactly- it’s hope. And then we see someone else (Santa was poisoned) reaching out to people in despair and seeing them not give up. Still gives me goosebumps.

  5. Some epic sounding Two Steps from Hell is playing in the background and was perfect for looking through these ten reasons. 🙂 I like the ones you shared. They’re good enough for me!

  6. Chesshire says:

    Uuout of curiosity what was number 9 from? Hoohoo captain america!

  7. Tony (Othoniel) Delgado says:

    I really enjoy how thought provoking your comments and questions are.

    I’m discovering that movie moments are great fodder for writing material. If I had to choose one moment, the one that springs to mind comes from one of my alltime favorite movies, The Basketball Diaries. (This movie was phenominally casted with actors who would later break out).

    In one of my favorite scenes, Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jim Carroll, watches a former basketball teammate getting interviewed on TV while Jim sits in a bar suffering from heroin dope-sickness. Jim turns to Mickey (Mark Wahlberg’s character) and says “Hey, that’s Neutron . . . we should have been playing in that all-star game.” In an excruciatingly telling moment, Mickey says, “Jim, don’t dwell on these dreams. C’mon, we gotta go score some dope.”

    Uhhh! That scene hits me in the stomach like a blow wielded by a professional hitman. It makes me want to create stories with that kind of emotional impact; it makes me want to become that emotional hitman.

  8. Tony (Othoniel) Delgado says:

    Just one last comment (there’s really no need to respond to this).

    Jim Carroll’s book is extra special to me because he’s the first author who ever inspired me. Also, being set on the streets of NYC, most of the places that Jim writes about are very familiar to me. The movie is special not only for the casting but because it is the only one I’m aware of that follows the book so faithfully, scene for scene and darn near word for word. Besides, how can you not love a movie that includes Jim Carroll’s prose *and also* a cameo appearance by the author himself!

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