why i write


I always fancied myself a writer – the way most scribblers of teen-angst poetry and cheesy romance stories do. A dozen vinyl trapper-keepers, full of short stories and novellas, are stored at my mothers. They’re awful, but I cant bring myself to throw them away. Just in case I do something good one day and, well, there you are.

In high school I didn’t care about sports and pubescent dances; but I was a rocking essayist. In college/university I got excited over theses and dissertations. Couldn’t care less about the subject matter. I just loved research and writing. I have over a million words of academic discourse to my credit. Yes. I’ve counted.

Growing up I always wanted to be a writer – an author. But people didn’t really become authors. Authors were fantastical creatures. Most of them dead. I never thought of them as anything else until I read Salman Rushdie. The Satanic Verses was an assignment from my gifted professor – I was 12 and tried to get out of it, but when local teachers called for the professor’s dismissal on grounds of devil worshiping, (I’m not joking) it piqued my interest. (The lady also had a pet snake and brought in freeze-dried cats for dissection……it wasn’t all The Verses…but thats another story. )

So Rushdie was alive. But he had America’s then arch-enemy calling for his head – and who did that really happen to except Sylvester Stallone? Fantastical. Yep.

A few years later I read a John Grisham novel. Didn’t like it, but realised people still wrote – all was not lost with Mr Clemens.

A few years after that (bear with me) I found myself 18,000 words shy of a certain postgraduate paper. I was watching Carrie Bradshaw (don’t say it) strut her stuff in some fancy Louboutins, reading vogue and eating a cheese sandwich. If I could spit out 8,000 words a week on the criminal mind I could write a book. You know. A book. One of those things.

So I wrote.

Until a few months ago. I’m lazy. You should know this. I’m never in the mood to write what I have to write, but always in the mood. So I took Stephen King’s advice. A writer writes. I may not be able to roll out other novels and a collection of shorts like the science fiction behemoth, but I can roll out a blog. Write a little something every day. About Writing. See how horrible I am – in print. Maybe find out ways to make myself better. Detail the search for a progressive plot, characters that don’t go stale, and an agent who can make me heard. That sort of thing.

As a side, Ive included bits from my work in progress. A little something to remind me what I’m doing here. Doubtful you care; but if you do. Read it. Then tell me what you think. I can take it. I can take it.

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34 Comments

  • Mallorie ROwe
    Dec 23, 2005 at 3:00

    Buffy, When did you start this Web page and why didnt I know anything About it ??
    VERY GOOD!!!

  • Vikas goyal
    Dec 26, 2005 at 18:19

    hi
    hey i will complete my self in one line. why u did not start ur webpage early?

  • Deb
    Jan 12, 2006 at 23:14

    You know, in my opinion, the best time to write is early in the morning. It gives you a fresh start and your brain is at it’s first levels. Just start typing anything that’s on your mind. Type type type. I did this once, I was typing about my break up. I was in a very rough relationship a few years back, and we broke up. I started writing a journal in my Word Document. It ended up being a huge document. I finished it as a ‘book’, and that’s when I published it. I polished it up and made it a ‘self help’ book for people who are going through rough break ups or dealing with a traumatic even in their lives.

    You can do anything, you can write anything and you can express yourself the way “you” want to.

    Never give up on your dream!

  • Administrator
    Jan 13, 2006 at 12:35

    🙂

  • jamie ford
    Jan 24, 2006 at 17:45

    Best of luck to you. You’re not alone in your hopes and aspirations. And blogging is a great way to push your writing and interface with others. Keep it up!

  • d34dpuppy
    Feb 1, 2006 at 23:48

    u r an excellent writer!

  • Bennyroyce
    Feb 8, 2006 at 5:21

    Buffy,

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. It was simple but it gave me such joy. I like your website. Please keep in touch and let’s share whatever it is to share.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Bennyroyce
    [writings of a cluttered mind]
    http://bennyroyce.blogspot.com/

    ——
    website:
    http://bennyroyce.moonfruit.com/

  • Thérèse
    Feb 15, 2006 at 14:40

    Buffy, you are a writer.

    And all that stuff about “people don’t really become authors” hits so close to home I could have written it myself.

    Bathroom Reading recommended you. I can see why.

  • Ann Marie Simard
    Feb 21, 2006 at 19:56

    must agree with previous poster!

  • Elle
    Mar 13, 2006 at 15:54

    This time, a stronger “ditto”. Here’s to us and the simple black on white of type on paper!

  • Liz
    Mar 24, 2006 at 15:46

    Buffy, you most definitely are a writer. Great blog.

  • Elizabeth
    Apr 1, 2006 at 23:33

    Buffy, it’s writers like you that inspired me to start writing again, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • jes
    Apr 10, 2006 at 1:25

    Buffy: Thanks for visiting my site & commenting. I love the feedback, and I love meeting new people. Well, sort of meeting. 🙂

    I’ve poked around this site just a bit, and I like what I see – I’m bookmarking you & will be back.

    Ciao!

  • kim
    May 24, 2006 at 11:52

    I started a blog because it was a suggestion in a writer’s magazine as a way to make yourself write everyday. Steven King’s advice on writing is great. One word at a time right?

  • Buffy
    May 24, 2006 at 11:53

    Kim,

    Thanks so much for reminding me of that.

  • Nathan Miller
    Jun 11, 2006 at 12:19

    Thanks for that moment over a my little thing on the internet…
    looking forward to your site!

  • Robert Crane
    Jun 30, 2006 at 14:50

    Fifteen minutes ago I received an email from my girlfriend who understands my struggle to write. She sent me your link.
    I just sent her an email back, thanking her and wishing her well in the future.
    Where exactly do you live in England?

    Sincerely,

    Robert Crane

    ps: you can call me “Bob”

    pps: I love your wit, style and flare. Great stuff!

  • anno
    Jun 30, 2006 at 18:31

    Saw your comment at Divinities and couldn’t resist finding out who “Buffy” might be. What a treat to stumble across writing this bright and this refreshing! I’m looking forward to reading more.

  • Buffy
    Jul 4, 2006 at 10:40

    I love your blog you have so much energy, i would love to write a book but have no idea how to start, any tips……..

  • Buffy
    Jul 4, 2006 at 17:19

    Am I reading this right? Another Buffy??

    The best advice anyone has ever given me is this:

    A writer writes. If you write enough. Every day. For long enough. Your story will come through.

    I wrote for two years. Before I ‘knew’ I had my story.

    It’ll come.

  • Becky Delida
    Jul 27, 2006 at 13:43

    I LOVE your work, photography and all. U are a great inspiration to many. 🙂

  • paperback writer
    Sep 18, 2006 at 17:35

    Oh, blissful hope.

    You’ve inspired me.

    Now, all I need is a lock on my door and someone to go to work for me…and..well, you get the drift. 😉

  • Tyra
    Sep 28, 2006 at 12:55

    You DO understand!! I know this is an old post, but I’m new here, and this is where I started. I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog.

    –your new BlogFriend

  • ThatBeeGirl
    Oct 17, 2006 at 4:42

    I’m diggin’ your blog, off to read more…

  • pia
    Oct 18, 2006 at 18:47

    That was very beautiful. There are days like today when I want to give up

    But having a blog that people actually read doesn’t allow that–as it will be for you

  • Ps
    Jan 1, 2007 at 7:46

    I like what you wrote–especially about the university degrees:-)I too have 3 post graduate degrees and a masters–Am always a bit embarrassed when people ask me “What have you studied?”.But as they say, “Education is what remains long after you have forgotten what you have learnt”:-)Also loved the fact that you have had room mates from so many countries.Wow!What an enriching experience that must have been.

  • Carol R
    Jan 28, 2007 at 1:09

    interesting tale, yes a writer writes, but if you want to accomplish something you must learn discipline as well, we writers have to be very disciplined or that novel never gets written or that column for the paper or magazine never gets written etc.

  • MG
    Jan 28, 2007 at 1:09

    In other words, you write because you can’t stop. This, of course, is the ONLY reason to write-or paint, draw, make movies, sculpt. . .

    You understand what I mean.

  • Carol
    Jan 28, 2007 at 1:10

    Interesting, yes…it’s what you are.
    And discipline, as Carol says, is crucial; without it, our creativity goes nowhere.
    Good luck to you in your latest work.

  • Niki
    Feb 14, 2007 at 8:34

    Hi Buffy

    I enjoyed your writing, especially the ‘me’ section. Keep on bloggin’.

  • Director
    Apr 17, 2007 at 17:19

    This is absolutely wonderful.

    I’m glad you have found your conviction and your calling in life 🙂 may your writing change many lives.

  • Michael C
    Jul 21, 2007 at 2:18

    I love being a writer! Have a written books? No Do I have the patience to create characters and fully developed plots? No? Do I write every day for the enjoyment of myself and hopefully a few others? Yes!

    Isn’t writing great?? Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I like your site.

  • Canadada
    Nov 30, 2007 at 21:52

    ‘We create, therefore we art …’
    Keep at it. Cheers, c

  • Camels & Chocolate
    Jan 15, 2008 at 19:30

    I was like you – from the age of 3, I told my parents I was going to be a writer and penned tall tales and “books” about Disney characters. I was also good at math, so they urged me to pursue that instead (what happened to parents supporting anything you did?). So I did. I studied math for the first two years of college before transferring to finish my journalism degree. And yet now, I’m writing for major magazines and will be making more pursuing my passion than my sister who did major in math and will someday take over the family accounting business. Take that to everyone who’s ever told us you can’t make a career out of writing!

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