Friday's Top Ten

The top ten reasons why writers write:

10. To make a mountain of moolah

  9. To enjoy all the praise and adulation heaped upon them

  8. Nobody told us about critiques and bad reviews

  7. Revenge

  6. It's the only way to make those characters shut up

  5. To share things we believe are important

  4. To find the emotional story behind the story

  3. Because we can

  2. To entertain

And the #1 reason writers write:

  1. Because we can't stop


Liza said…
Let me know how making that mountain of moola thing goes...
Jo said…
Very interested too in the mountain of moolah point! I LOVE the last point and the one about making the characters shut up. Have a great weekend. Greetings. Jo
Linda G. said…
LOL! Mountain of moolah? That might keep me giggling all day.;)
Joanne said…
I like #4. It's just those emotions behind the story that really bring the story to life on the page.
Mason Canyon said…
Maybe #2 covers this but I'd say writers write so we readers can live in the fantasy worlds of beautiful make believe. Have a great Friday.

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Slamdunk said…
Neat list Carol. I am all about your #4--the story behind the story that is often ignored needs a voice.
Revenge! I like that one.
VR Barkowski said…
Okay, 9 and 10 made me laugh out loud, but the rest? Spot on.

Have a great weekend!
Julie said…
Haha, #8 made me laugh, I haven't even finished my novel yet and I already worry about bad reviews if I manage to get it published!

Of course I expect the mountains of moolah too LOL. ;)

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Shirley Wells said…
A great list. #9 is making me laugh (sadly). :)

Have a great weekend!
Linda Kage said…
I'm definitely number 1 and number 6!!! Still waiting for number 10, sigh.

My sister wrote a short revenge story once when she was mad a her husband. Wow, do not tick off this lady. The ideas of what she could do to you are just plan scary!!!
E.R. King said…
Sometimes I wish I could stop, then I do and I wonder what's wrong with me, and I write again. It's an ugly, err, I mean beautiful cycle.
So true! Ah, the voices! And I wholeheartedly agree with #'s 8 and 1.

Happy weekend!
Carol Kilgore said…
Liza - Yeah. You, too :)

Jo - Same here.

Linda G - No mountains are in my view :)

Joanne - I agree.

Mason - I love getting lost in a good book.
Manzanita said…
Have to see the Friday list. I like them all but my ever present Scorpio rising zeros in on the "revenge". It's not a bad thing for a Scorpio, we can't help it. "Just get even." Ha
And what a better way than to do it in print. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Slamdunk - That's my favorite part :)

Alex - You're so cool :)

VR - They are laughable, for sure!

Julie - But of course...LOL :)

Shirley - No heaps here either :(
Great list, Carol! I'd like directions to that moolah mountain. Pretty please.
Carol Kilgore said…
Linda K - Did your sister show her story to her husband? Did he get the hint - LOL!

Emily - If I don't write for a few days, I get really cranky.

Theresa - I hear them, too. Loud and clear.

Manzanita - Exactly! Maybe that part is a Scorpio thing :)

Elpeth - So would I. Sadly, they're MIA at present. Let's keep looking :)
irishoma said…
How true, especially number 6.
L.G.Smith said…
I may have written a revenge scene once or twice. :P

Have a great weekend.
Robyn Campbell said…
I've done a few of these. Except number eight. (Well the bad critique--yes. The bad review--.*sigh* Not yet, anyway.

And number ten. It sounds cool!!!!!!!!! I'd even take a hill! A molehill. An ant hill. Well, you catch my drift.

*waving and smiling*
Carol Kilgore said…
Donna - And they're so demanding...

L.G. - You must be a Scorpio :)

Robyn - I think we'd all like #10 :)

Lydia - Yup!
Laura Eno said…
#6 and #1 are soooo true! #10 would also be nice. :)
Have a great weekend!
Janet, said…
I like #10, though I doubt I will ever achieve that one. Also no one ever told us how hard it would be to get published.
Great list!

And #5--definitely. :)
I'm a definite #2! Oh that doesn't sound good. What I mean is I write to entertain, but I usually just end up entertaining myself. I probably should just take up mahjong! Great list as always! Julie
Carol Kilgore said…
Laura - I agree.

Janet - Isn't that the truth!

Golden Eagle - Sometimes that need is overpowering.

Julie - So funny! I try to entertain, too.
Tracy Jo said…
Yes, those darn voices in my head.


Have a great weekend!!
Arlee Bird said…
I would like #10 to be number 1 and the rest would follow. Show me the money!

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Medeia Sharif said…
Yup, I just can't stop.

Where is this moolah you speak of?

Have a great weekend.
LR said…
I won't deny that number 10 would sure be nice! :)
Colette said…
Great list! But oh, where it the moolah...
Writers write for the same reason readers read to escape the real world.

Great list, Girl.
Carol Kilgore said…
Tracy Jo - Any idea how they get in there?

Arlee - LOL!

Medeia - I've only heard rumors.

LR - I agree!

Colette - I wish I knew.

Teresa - True!
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Southpaw said…
#8 made me laugh!
Carol Kilgore said…
Prasetyo - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Holly - Cool :)
Talli Roland said…
Exactly! It certainly ain't for money, I'll tell ya that... :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Talli - Ain't that the truth!
Oooo, revenge. That's a good one. But seriously, yeah, I can't stop writing. But I sort of love that I can't. ; )
Carol Kilgore said…
Cynthia - Sshhh...don't tell anyone, but I sort of love that, too :)
julie fedderson said…
#6 is a nice way of saying "to make the voices stop". Writing is like embracing something that might get you a psych diagnosis in any other situation.
notesfromnadir said…
You're right, writers can't stop writing because they're always thinking about their next [or current] story.
Carol Kilgore said…
So true! Good to see you :)
BECKY said…
Whoa, somehow I missed this. What day is it?? And I'm not even a Nanoer! Great list as always!