I've recently noted the responses of people around me who don't write. If they haven't seen me for awhile, they casually ask, "So, how's that novel of yours going?" and I have to fight the urge to dive into a conversation all about my book - far more in depth than these people want to hear, I am sure.
The truth of the matter is, I don't think most people, even most writers, don't care much about all the technical details of your writing, how you arrive at specific plot points, how you outline or fly by the seat of your pants, what you're currently researching. They may act like they really care, but I don't think they do all that much. What most of us want, plain and simple, is to be told a story. And nobody can write your novel as well as you.
As I work on my current work, a novella, I keep wondering why I'm doing this. Publication isn't something I'm really craving at the moment. I just want to write and learn and expand my skills. I think that's why I'm writing, more than anything right now.
And if I stopped?
I often wonder, how would that affect those around me? If people just want stories, there's bookstores and libraries and five million other writers out there cranking them out. My husband and daughter would appreciate more time with me, my family and friends would think it nice that I come to more parties and things they plan.
My question to you today is: How does your writing affect those around you? Does your family take a genuine interest in what you're doing? And do you feel that if you stopped writing they would care much? Does how they feel about your work affect the value you place on it?
Also, please check out my short story contest over on The Innocent Flower. I'm hoping I get more than just a few entries!