#3A The Writer’s Heirarchy of Reasons

“Who Are You To Write This Book?” – The Evil Dr. Who-M

  1. You are writing this book because you want to.
  2. You are writing this book because you need to.
  3. You are writing this book because you have to.

 

  1. You are writing this book because you want to.

This is a necessary place to begin and even a perpetual state to hold. But if this is where it begins and ends, the fears and the pragmatic objections by those closest to you may grow louder than your initial want. Remember, you also want to have a rich social life. You also want to get married, or hold on to a marriage, or at least date sometimes. You also want to spend time developing your budding interest in cooking, or biking, or dog breeding, or, or, or. You also want to fit in with the crowd by spending time watching shows so you can talk about shows, or following up on the latest technology because the future of VR sounds really, really cool.

2. You are writing this book because you need to. 

You need fame fortune and everything that goes with it, and to thank them all. You need your name in gloss or matte-print finish. You need to bolster your spine by seeing your name on the spine of a book. You need to be a self-publishing maestro. You need to build your resume, build an email list, look good to all the other CEOs that are quickly rising behind you on the Inc. 500 list. You need more money. You need to sell a product. You need to impress that girl who turned you down in college because she thought the MFA boys were hot stuff and you were just a lowly senior with a couple of poems and one reworked-to-death short story to your name.

3. You are writing this book because you have to.

How is this different than #2? If you are asking this, you have never reached the third tier. Do all writers write books from this tier? No. Many have written crap-to cute-to perfectly fine, and/or even admirable books from tier 1 or tier 2. But if you’re one of those who has found yourself on tier #3, “Welcome.” This is from where I write. There is no choice for writers like us. We have to write or we will go mad. We have to write because our voices will settle for nothing less. We have to write because this is what God has given us to do. We have to write because when we settle for less we begin to die. We have to write because it’s what is within us and it won’t let us go.

Whether best sellers or chap book, we want to tell the truths that rage inside of us, that won’t go away. And sometimes we aim to produce knowledge. And that’s when things get really interesting.

Listen to me, if you meet all three criteria, and turn from this calling, if you stop, you will regret it. You will regret it forever. That much I can promise you.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

If a writer falls down in the forest will anyone hear it? No. But the regret will penetrate this writer’s heart and mind forever. forever. forever. And FOREVER is a big word.

 

 

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