Thousands of Words In, I Ask Myself: Why Am I Writing?

I am writing a novel.

I am writing a novel about a group of African-American children who save the world.

I am writing about a group of African-American children who possess massive power and only use it to right wrongs, not to upset the status quo or push an anti-mainstream rhetoric.

I am writing a novel about an African-American boy because I don’t see novels about African-American boys often enough.

I am writing a novel about an African-American boy to counteract the negative narrative that surrounds African-American boys.

I am writing a novel about an African-American boy because African-American boys need stories too.

I am writing a novel about an African-American boy because I used to be an African-American boy. I am writing a novel about an African-American boy because I am related to African-American boys.

I am writing a novel for one of the smartest people I know, an African-American boy.

I am writing a novel because I have a story to tell.

I am writing a novel about heroes because I want to be a hero.

I am writing a novel about heroes because boys need heroes.

I am writing a novel about heroes because girls need heroes.

I am writing a novel about heroes because children need heroes.

I am writing a novel about heroes because adults make mistakes.

I am writing a novel because I want to.

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

Toni Morrison

Why are you writing?
Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Thousands of Words In, I Ask Myself: Why Am I Writing?

  1. Hey there I am stumbling around here on WordPress, and I stumbled over to your blog space. What wonderful reasons to write what you are writing about. You are absolutely right about what you said! I am not African American or a boy, as you can probably tell by my gravitar, but it saddens me to see statistics and tv programs that show a huge population of young men and women going the wrong direction and making choices that could be better choices and ending up in our prison systems. Our society needs more writers and heroes like yourself to step up to the plate and show all young people how they too can make better choices. I cheer you on in this endeavor of yours, and I look forward to following your process. In the words of Winston Churchill “Never Never give up!” Don’t take NO for an answer, and remember you will not only be a hero in the eyes of young African Americans, but in the eyes of much of the world. Also remember that prejudice is just fear of an unknown. It can be overcome by becoming known!

    Peace and Harmony,
    Sallyjane Woods

    Do you love to write? We are having a Murder Mystery contest on our blog, and the books proceeds will be given to charity. Contestants write the chapters, and readers vote. Come join in the fun! http://www.the777man.com
    Also check out http://hdbruner777.com to find all the links to our different books we have written like: Zugspitze Sawtooth Peril (A Novel) by Harold D. Bruner, You want to be a Published Writer , and Home is where you park it.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Sallyjane.

      I’ve looked over your site and found some very interesting things. I was actually thinking of doing a short horror murder mystery myself, and was ironing out the details in my head on the way to class. Now I might have to just water that seed.

      And thanks so much for your encouraging words. I (and my potential readers) really appreciate them.

      • You’re Welcome Troy! I am looking forward to more of your posts! Aspiring to be a hero is something special, as so many young people look up to the gangster! Keep on writing them words, and I cannot wait to see your 1st chapter of your murder mystery!

        Today I need to spend some time developing some dark evil characters for my fantasy novel I am writing. These are my hardest characters to write about! I need them to be so much more dark and evil, but I tend to cherry coat them making them just a hair darker than the hero! UGH! Hehe LOL

        Peace and Harmony,
        Sallyjane

    • I have not, and I think that it’s one of the few books of his that I haven’t read, seeing as he’s my favoritest author evar. Is it an Easy Rawlins book or one of his sci-fi detour novels?

      • It’s a sci-fi detour for young adults and the protagonist is an African American boy who is destined to save the world in the future, even though it starts off in the 1800s.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s