Why bother to write?

Have you ever thought what motivates someone to want to write?  A few mercinary individuals write for purely business reasons and monetary gain, plus to inflate their egos.  Most don’t. Personally I write the kinds of stories that I would like to read and that give me endless pleasure. If other people like them, it’s a bonus.

All of my life I have read and enjoyed a broad mix of literary works. Granted most of them were written by so called ‘established writers’, or to put it another way, the chosen few seen as cash cows to be milked mercilessly under contract to one or other of the ‘big five’ publishers to churn out X number of books for Z amount of money.

One of my favourite series by a major publisher was the “Gunner Asch” collection of stories written by the German writer Hans Hellmut Kirst. His hapless young German soldier’s misadventures during World War II gave me hours of literary pleasure.

Today due to the phenomena of eBook publishing, some excellent writers previously ignored for one reason or another by the ‘big five’ are thankfully emerging from among the dross which sadly makes up the great majority currently on offer, via your nearest eBook supplier.

Writers like Derek Haines and David Toft immediately spring to mind. Both of them are responsible for excellent stories. In David’s case his novels are published by Wings Press a small press publisher, while Derek has gone along the self-publishing route as have I. David writes exciting paranormal thrillers. Derek writes hilariously funny works of fiction like ‘Hal’, the story of a misfit member of the English aristocracy who find himself in all kinds of trouble on an alien planet.

While I love reading science fiction (I had minor recognition for my first published book, the space opera “Onet’s Tale” which I serialised here on my blog), I thought I had finally found my niche in the fantasy genre when I wrote a fantasy anthology Goblin Tales. Even though it received mostly rave reviews, it simply doesn’t sell. I even went to the time and trouble to produce a paperback copy of it. But it has made little difference.

Never mind. Just so long as I can still see the screen on my laptop and the keys, I’ll continue to write those stories I have always wanted to read myself, plus write blog posts like this one. There was a brief moment in time back in 2012/13 when I became a best selling author thanks to one of my books – a hybrid science fiction/archaeological/action adventure entitled Race Against Time. Nothing lasts forever…


9 thoughts on “Why bother to write?

  1. Sally Cronin said there are 30,000 new ebooks uploaded to Amazon every month, Jack. It seems everyone in the world can have an ebook on Amazon except me because I publish firstly through Lulu.com. You are right, there is a lot of poor quality writing out there, but there is also a lot of good writing. Fresh and interesting stories that are well edited and written. It is much harder for those who publish through small publishers or independently. It is very hard to produce a perfectly flawless book but I find more mistakes in main stream traditionally published works than in most of the Indie books I read. We just keep banging away at it, don’t we?

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