Monday, October 25, 2010

Why Am I Doing This?

So, I started a blog post to answer that question last week. It was awful. I couldn't figure out why I wanted to write light-hearted women's fiction (aka chick-lit). I could think of really good, mature reasons to write a memoir or a children's book, but none for women's fiction. All I could come up with was: to see what the cover would look like.


I was ready to just give it all up. And I did for a few days. I just stopped working on stuff. But, tonight, I think I've answered my question.

I am doing this because I love to read light-hearted women's fiction. Think Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and Lauren Weisenberger. These books help me escape. And laugh. They make me want to skip down the street while wearing a flowy pink dress and stilettos. To get a mani/pedi. To kiss my husband.

So, I am doing this because I want other women (or men) to feel this way, too, when they are reading something I wrote. To just have a little fun, darn it. Life doesn't need to be so serious. Books don't either. That's what I say, anyway.


  1. That's a great answer! For me, the reason I want to write is that I enjoy it. The reason I'd love to have something published, though, is that I think it would be a great sense of accomplishment to walk into a book store or library and see a book with my name on it. Even if it's not a big best seller and only sells a dozen copies I would still be happy.

  2. Kerrie, that's probably the best answer I can think of, too! I like to write the kind of things that I would like to read about.I think it's a compulsion to share similar interests. And I agree with Willoughby -- I don't have to have a best seller, but it would be nice to know that someone else was entertained or touched in some way by something I wrote. That would be a great compliment!


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