Monday, January 21, 2013

Stories That Create The Desire to Write

As you may have noticed on the sidebar of my blog, I have now committed to start posting every Monday. I wanted to do this so I won't procrastinate on writing blog posts, and also maybe it'll force me to write blog posts that I normally wouldn't write, stuff that turns out to be blatherings squeezed out on short notice. I also wanted to have a goal this year of talking more about my personal writing, which is something I normally shy away from on the blog most of the time. I thought that probably if I was scrambling for things to post about, it'd be more likely I'd fall back on talking about my writing (because that's basically what people do on writing blogs).

The other day I saw Les Miserables for the first time. It was amazing, and I'm fairly certain I was on the verge of tears for almost the entire movie. I love things like that, whether it be books or movies or any form of art, that evoke such emotion from you, and make such an impact on your emotions or your mind. I love how much story, no matter what form it's presented in, can affect a person.

When I feel affected by a story (like Les Mis), it inspires to affect other people with the stories I have to tell. @CostelloShields summed it up perfectly on twitter:

"I want to write things that matter. I want to write things that people will love."

That's exactly what I want to do with my writing, and brilliant stories like Les Mis, or The Fault in Our Stars, or Okay for Now, or Life of Pi, or even the Lizzie Bennet Diaries make me want to do create stories that matter even more. I want to write something that will affect others in the way all these other stories have affected me.

I love it when I come home from a movie or when I finish reading a book, and the first thing I want to do is write.

What kinds of things create a desire to write in you?


  1. I love being inspired by movies or books. There's nothing like that rush of "I can do it too!"

  2. I'm reading Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson again (because I absolutely loved it the first time) and I get the same feeling you're talking about. I can't even put my finger on what makes it so perfect, but it just inspires me to write every time. Good luck posting every Monday! :)

  3. ...Is it bad that I read Fifty Shades of Grey and was inspired to write something -- anything -- better than that? :P That sounds cynical, but I think the effect can also work in reverse...

    That said, we're really just building on all the stories we've heard before. We're inspired by the stories that matter most to us.


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