Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Why I Write
I write because I always have done. The habit crept up on me early on in life and seems to have stuck – whether I like it or not. Sometimes characters whisper their dialogue to me at inopportune hours of the morning. Now, I know it’s easier if I humour them and write it down with the pen and paper I keep handy for such moments. If not, the low level whispers have a habit of becoming more insistent until their point is made and their story is told. This makes me their conduit. I appreciate the magic carpet ride each narrative creates; the opportunity to associate with individuals I would never otherwise have the opportunity to meet. I am a fan of stories, whatever their guise. Sometimes I’m lucky – sometimes the stories address themselves to me directly. If I listen hard enough, I’m fortunate to hear them; irrespective of whether they whisper or whether they shout. I spread their word; casting a line for an audience. Once upon a time, someone lends an ear.