Writing on my Group Blog


I haven’t written on my group blog for a while, but now I feel I can re-start my weekly posts.

Today’s post is “Why Are You Writing This Novel?”

I find it an important topic. The reason why a novel is written can determine how it resonates with its readers.

In the post, I more or less argue for passion in writing, but I do acknowledge that reason has its role.

The editorial hat is the hat of reason. But then, even an editor can’t work with dead words.

I like how Gibran describes reason and passion. I really think it applies just as well to writing fiction, as to life:

“…reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.”

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  1. shoreacres

    Very interesting post. I've talked some in my own blog about the importance of structure in the writing process. A house without a strong foundation is a pile of brick and board, and a person without bones is – well, maybe a jellyfish 😉

    I like to say the better our structures, the more emotion/plot/characters/argument our writing can support. Gibran says it much more poetically, but I think we're talking about the same dynamic.

    I enjoyed seeing your group blog, too.