Why do you write what you write?
Some of you may be staring blankly at the screen. Well, duh! I write because I am a writer. It's like breathing. Or eating chocolate. Life doesn't exist without writing.
Okay, that's good. It really is. But what is your drive? Why are your books so important? Why are you as a writer so vital to your audience? On those tough days, it is good to know why you do what you do.
So I made my own list.
Why I Write Historical-Fiction
- I love history. I love writing. Put the two together = awesomeness.
- Historical-fiction is educational. People learn about eras-gone-past while they connect with the story. And learning about the events that shaped our world as it is today is key to understanding who we are.
- Historical-fiction is a descriptive, colorful genre to write. You are expected to fit in geographical detail, ancient cliches, fun accents, and super amazing elements of days-gone-past such as swords, slave ships, chariots, and kirtles.
- There is room for a strong Christian message. Some genres are less tolerant of faith-filled tales. If only for the historical sake (although I certainly do it for additional reasons), the way God and Christianity has influenced culture is vitally important and expected.
- I can grind any ax I want.... Heehee, and I do it too! Whether it's good character, salvation, or Biblical principles, I can include it as long as it's historical. And, when it is, you can "get away" with a lot of underlying themes that will have a strong influence on readers.
Why do you write what you write? Leave your list in the comments!