Why do it?

Y’all, I really like this video. In the fairy tale that I am currently querying, dancing plays a big part. I’m a true (and embarrassing) amateur when it comes to dance, but even I understand that there is something beyond just healthy, physical activity at play in Dr. Rafi Eldor’s story.

Today I helped set up the book fair at my daughter and son’s elementary school. I was so happy to lend a hand. Unpacking box after box of gorgeous, new books made me squeal out loud. My town is very small, and, although we have a delightful used book store, it is just such a treat to be surrounded by oodles of new books–many of them hot off the press. (Yes, I DID unpack two full boxes of┬áDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway.)

So many dreams that came true represented on the shelves and tables of that book fair. And so many children will walk into the school library this coming week and leave with a treasure, or a new friend, or a new dream.

I love books. Someone asked me today if I wrote creatively because I was inspired by a family member. And yes, I’m very lucky to be inspired by many members of my family. But it’s not why I retold a fairy tale. I wrote my book, because there was a story that I wanted to read that didn’t exist.

I write because I love to read. I write because some of my best friends are stories. I write because I have something to say that can’t be said any other way. I don’t think anyone would listen if I just started saying:

“Hey, y’all.┬áDancing is medicine. Stories are medicine. Art is medicine. We need it. Their pursuit is worthwhile even if there is no shiny trophy to admire or shiny box of freshly printed books to unpack. So keep going. Keep dancing. Keep writing. Keep creating. It will heal you. That’s all. Any questions?… What’s that? Some people don’t want to be healed?! Why do you think that is? Tell me more! I’m listening.”

These are the types of discussions I want to have, and the best way of having them is by writing a book, right? What do you think? Why do you write? And do you have any advice for life in the query trenches? It feels lonelier than it should.


  • Ona November 14, 2017 Reply

    I don’t think of myself as a writer, but that “why do it” question is profound. I think many of us could benefit if we asked question more often about more things and were honest about the answers.

    • Amelia Hollingsworth November 28, 2017 Reply

      A certain family member told me to keep I asking myself “Why?” And not just a general why? But why did I had to write THIS book? And to keep asking myself why until I was emotionally raw inside. Not a pretty exercise, but a very honest one.

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