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Why I Write – Part 1

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.

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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?

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About Will Ramirez

Will Ramirez grew up with a love for God's Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the the last 17 years. The second led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his coming debut novel, an epic fantasy titled Soul Yearning. He lives in Central Florida with his bride of seventeen years and their four children. Since 2010, he's been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the leadership team of Word Weavers of Orlando. He is currently working on the second book of the Godslayer series as well as The Unspoken, book one of a dark fantasy trilogy. In the land of Adme, powerful beings rule as deities and compete with one another for followers. But when a young priest is revealed as the prophesied godslayer, the pantheon unites to destroy him.

5 comments on “Why I Write – Part 1

  1. Although the question about why I write sometimes makes me feel I’m spending too much time staring at my navel, it can be fun to share motivations with like-minded folks.

    Yes, like many writers, I write because I cannot NOT write. It’s a drive I cannot explain or fight without cutting off a flow that is central to my life. Nowadays, I recognize that the source of this passion is God. Although it sounds silly, like the prophet Jeremiah, I cannot keep these words shut up inside, they’re like a fire in my bones.

    Not to say my words are His… just that I have my source in Him, ultimately, and my writing is a response to His presence in my life. I cannot stay silent. I read stories, and many of them contain shadows and hints of Him, many of them resonate with themes that inspire yearning for Him in some way or another.

    Like you, however, finding stories that contain what I want to see in a story is extremely rare. And so I will write them. And maybe I will fall short. But I will continue to write them. And trust Him to use the process and use the product as He will.

    • You said it. Writing is a compulsion not much different than a prophetic utterance. If you can NOT write and be happy, you should absolutely do so. I’ve been thinking about this a lot of late and have reached a similar conclusion, that our writing is part of God’s testimony.

      Even Martin by painting as bleak a moral landscape as he does points people to the truth that there is no hope in human effort or salvation, only in God.

      • “Even Martin by painting as bleak a moral landscape as he does”

        I’ve always argued that every writer is “preaching” something. How can your worldview not end up on the page? Yet, you hit it on the head. His worldview shows how empty life is without the Lord. It’s interesting because when Martin was asked why his story won’t have a happy ending, he explained it from a religious viewpoint. He stated that there’s no way there could be a loving God out there with all the pain and horror in the world. Why should his stories reflect otherwise?

        Should we expect anything but hopelessness in a story when that’s the author’s outlook on life?

    • “I write because I cannot NOT write”

      I love this – It’s actually going to be a part of one of my next posts. It’s who we are 🙂

  2. ” The gratuitous sex scenes (pornography in my opinion) got to me so much that I refuse to read anything else he’s written.”
    That pretty much sums up too recently published many books that I’ve read.
    If it’s relevant to the plot, then fine. If it’s not, then it’s just mucky-minded porn, and no better than peeping in at someone’s bedroom window.

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