One of the most important reasons I write is because I’ve had a hard time finding stories I want to read.
I’m not a picky reader. I don’t expect grandiose word choice by an author. I won’t demand that the protagonist’s be flawless. The author doesn’t need to grab me on the first line, first page, or even first chapter.
I just want a compelling story set in a creative environment where good and evil are clear. Oh, and you better give me a satisfying ending. If you go Matrix on me, I’ll never read anything else you write.
My problem is that it’s hard to find these kind of stories. I used to love Tom Clancy because he put me into a creative environment (I have no military background), made it pretty clear who the good guys and bad guys were, and took me on a heck of a journey. And while there was tragedy at times, the ending always satisfied.
That changed with the last few of his Jack Ryan Sr. novels. The gratuitous sex scenes (pornography in my opinion) got to me so much that I refuse to read anything else he’s written.
In the fantasy genre, I’ve reached a similar problem. The books Amazon is recommending to me based on what I read all seem to have 1) Really shady protagonist’s 2) Moral content I don’t want to read 3) The promise of an unhappy ending (Martin has been very clear that people expecting a happy ending to his Fire and Ice series will be disappointed).
Every so often I’ll discover a new author that fits into what I like to read. I’ll read everything they write, but then I’m stuck again a year or so later.
So, I write. If only to enjoy a story that I would want to read.
Now it’s your turn. Why do you write?