Do you know your own WHY? Author Katia Rose, decades younger than most attendees at a recent RWA writer’s program, explained to us how taking the time to answer that question guides, assures, and powers the correct flow while we’re crafting stories. Here’s why I write: I enjoy creating stories inspiring readers to trust their instincts. I chose to pen clean (sensual without intimate scenes) romance featuring imperfect people falling in love. My characters struggle, joke, persevere, and prove their loyalty to one another.
In a larger sense, knowing your own personal and relevant answer to the question of WHY could reset your everyday life. When you get off track, take a moment to quiz yourself. Why did you take your job? Why did you marry or stay single? Why did you adopt a dog? Why are you a teacher, or a nurse, or a stay-at-home mom? Visualize your reasons and own it!
The WHY is always strong and powerful. That life force remains in your heart, so learn to listen. Let it keep you on task and motivate you. Your WHY may grow and change as your life does, but stay tuned in. Katia suggested we place a talisman nearby while we write. I chose my Petoskey stone, both a rock and fossilized rugose coral, found on a beach in my home state of Michigan. The photos show the polished front versus the unpolished back.
I write unsuspecting heroines in the making. Danger and conflict polishes off their hesitation; allowing them to shine in their own strength and light. What could be your talisman?
Another advantage to knowing your WHY–and owning it–can lead you to your tribe. Prior to Katia’s insightful program, we celebrated one of our own, Marie Tremayne. She’d just won the esteemed RITA award from Romance Writers of America for Best First Book. The picture features some of my writing tribe. In Katia’s words, they are genuine, open, and enthusiastic supporters of my writing WHY.
In my real world, Fall unofficially jolted the Pacific Northwest with 2200 lightening bolts during the first weekend in September. Rainy days inspire me to write and cool evenings find me reading more books.
Happy trails to discover your WHY,
The Hitman’s Mistake: Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DM795GP
Torn by Vengeance: Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P1D33K1