One of my recent blogs on Red Room (http://redroom.com/member/james-hoch) was titled “Why Read?” It presented several reasons why I have been a lifelong avid reader. This blog taps into reasons why I gravitated to writing.
So as I was cleaning the pool at the campground that I’m working at, the owner asked, “Why do you like to write?” No one had asked me that before. I paused with skimmer in hand, searched for an intelligent answer, and said that it was a creative switch of gears since I was no longer composing music. After he left as I was vacuuming a ton of sand off the bottom (I get a lot of time to reflect while cleaning the pool) I determined that there were actually bigger reasons why I enjoy writing, like for example, playing God. As I tell my story, I get to create the characters. I can make them stunning, dressed to the nines or dirty and homeless. I can mold their features, giving them a hip hairstyle and coloring as well as interesting facial features and body type. Then, there’s the setting, placing the characters in locations that I may know or have dreamed about.
Another big reason I enjoy writing is the challenge to tell a good story. The kind that captures the reader and makes them want to stay with you to the end, making your novel a real “page turner,” which I think is a huge compliment. Writing allows me to use my imagination, something I don’t think I ever lost from my childhood. I also believe it is an ability that many lose as they get older. (Read my blog “Flexing the Imagination Muscle” http://redroom.com/member/james-hoch/blog/flexing-the-imagination-muscle)
Additionally, there is the task of choosing the right word to fit the sentence whether it’s finding the appropriate color description for a sunset or the perfect word for that penetrating scream. For me, it’s a real hoot when I capture the perfect word, making me almost giddy (ok, I don’t get out much.) Of course, there’s the whole grammar business, trying to make one’s sentences something your high school English teacher would be proud of.
Frequently, I hear people say, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” Going from the desire to having the finished product in your hand really is an enormous effort. I don’t think most people realize what is involved. It is a tedious, long process. From the writing period, to the editing stage, and finally to the marketing scene, the journey can be very daunting and discouraging. And then, there is the parade of rejections and building up that thick skin. Many a time I’ve wondered if it is all worth it. Of course, it is when someone remarks, “I really enjoyed your book” or they give you a five-star review.
If you’d like to get a glimpse into my imagination and writing, this weekend (September 21–23, 2012) my latest novel, HECKEL CASEY (Imajin Books, publisher), is a free ebook download as part of the Kindle Select program. Give it a read. I think you’ll enjoy it. As one reviewer stated, “Your book needs to be read by our entire world. Your book made me laugh, shudder, cry … “ AND please, please, please take a moment to post a review on Amazon. Reviews are a huge factor in helping promote an author’s work. It doesn’t have to be long; simple is good. Here’s a link to help you discover HECKEL CASEY and his journey: http://amzn.to/M8n2wB
Oh and since Halloween is right around the corner, check out my Crimson Pursuit series (Reveka’s Return, book 1 and Reveka’s Revenge, book 2—SynergEbooks publisher) http://amzn.to/MMz2oH