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Questions People Ask About Writing by Ashley Howland
When people discover that I write books and have been published they love to ask questions. Funnily
The first is why I write…. It's one of those crazy questions, people ask, but probably don't expect an answer. To me it's simple – I write because it's fun. That's basically it. I love to create characters,
Then I get asked if it is hard to write. My answer: writing is easy. It's the publishing part that's hard. The editing, rewriting, editing and rewriting again. Then the formatting, the checking,
The next question is how do you find the time? That's always fun to answer. The simple one is I don't find the time. I have to make it. There is no other way around it. Life is busy. I work full time, have kids, dogs, try to stay fit and enjoy downtime. Writing can be part of that downtime because it is an escape from reality. Sometimes it can feel a bit like work, especially when I am editing. That's not always fun, but it is all part of the process. I guess the real answer it I manage to make writing fit into my life. I develop ideas with my kids, we go out and talk about stories when we visit different places. We take photos and develop characters in our day to day lives. Then, of course, I read my drafts to them, by doing this they help me with the whole writing process. That helps with the finding time.
This question or statement makes me laugh. I think if you really want something you have to go out there and get it. Last year I published an anthology made up of stories written by a talented group of students at my school. At the book launch, I was asked to do a speech. I told everyone there (about 100 people) that being a writer is really about being brave and having courage. To have your story published is to open yourself up to the world. Anyone can read it and review it. There is your story, your
I would love to know how other writers answer those questions or if you are asked something else? I guess everyone has a story to tell, some of us are just stubborn enough to actually get it told. If you want to see more of my ideas and writing advice you can check out my blog: ahowland.org/wordpress