I just heard an old song on the radio. It was by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, called, "Imaginary Lovers."
The words talk about how imaginary lovers are there for you whenever you need them, and they are never too busy, or not interested in what you want to do. And satisfaction is guaranteed.
That pretty much encapsulates my inner fantasy world. As a kid growing up, I thought everyone walked around with characters talking in their heads, and stories and plots swirling around. I'd watch a movie or TV show, and imagine inserting myself as one of the characters, having a torrid affair with whichever man (or men) that I thought were sexy. These days stuff like that gets published as fan-fiction.
So why do I write? Because it gets crowded and noisy in my head. Because the stories don't go away until I've written "the end." And it's only a short respite until a new group of characters start telling me their life stories, and their romances. Often when I finish a book, especially one that involved world-building, creating parameters of what is and isn't done in their world, a minor character will start waving his or her hand, to get my attention; then they will get ever more insistent, until I listen to them and write their romance next. That's how I've ended up with so many series'. What started out as one book became many, when the heroine's friends and relatives demanded their own books. I've submitted my most recent book, a werewolf story, to some publishers. And now I'm almost done with the second book in the series, and I have the story arc for a third story in my head. See what I mean?
And the final answer is that it's major stress relief for me! I do Jazzercise as often as I can. If you've never tried a class, or used to do it, but stopped going, I encourage you to look for a class and check it out. Where else can you combine dancing (who gets to dance in their everyday life?) with exercise that makes you feel good?
But there is still stress that builds up in my head, and the act of writing helps me to relax by allowing me to create characters whose lives are even more stressful than mine, but then they get a happy ending. Life is full of things we can't control. Most of us, including me, work harder than I want to, for less than I'd like. And these days, it's getting even harder to be able to claim some time off to relax. But when I sit at my laptop and start to listen, to immerse myself in a world of my imagination, then I can let the words flow out of me, as my muse surprises me with scenes I didn't even know were coming. And I fall in love with the men, while I get to be females who do exciting things I've never done. So the truth is, I enjoy reading and re-reading my own stories. I sure hope my readers do too!
To find out why other authors write, please check out their posts:
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpress.com
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1ke
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/