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WRITERS WILL SAVE THE WORLD
Okay, okay, not only writers. Artists of all kinds. Musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers... Still. It's such a grand statement. WRITERS WILL SAVE THE WORLD. Where did it come from? From this place where love is born. Or, more mundane, from my necessity to answer the same interview question over and over and over again. "Why do you write?" Another variation of this I get asked is, "What do you hope to tell your readers?" Or, in case of ROSEHEAD, simply because it's a kids book, although both kids and adults read it, "What are you hoping to teach young readers?" or "What examples are you setting for children?" or "What morals do you hope..." I won't even continue, otherwise I'll bore you to tears.
I've been thinking hard lately about these questions and about why, why, WHY at every interview the same ones come up. What is it that drives people to ask this? And how can I answer? There are other questions too, larger questions, like, "Are you hoping to do something profound with your books?" Or, "What are you doing to better the humanity?" There are variations of those, with the same main idea.
WHY THE HELL DO YOU WRITE, GIRL?
WHY NOT HAVE A NORMAL JOB AND VACATIONS AND OTHER STUFF NORMAL PEOPLE DO??
I'll answer you. And I think I'll answer like this in every single interview after.
I write to change the world.
Simple. I write to make people feel. We've forgotten how to feel, with our beautifully erected houses and perfectly soundproof and waterproof cars and protection walls we erect online in fear of trolls and spammers and all sorts of weirdoes who might be eyeing us with saliva dripping out of their delirious crooked grins. Oh, the horror! We better build another fence, and another, and another, and stay safe. Oh, so very safe. Maybe we even shouldn't have relationships at all. Hey, those hurt. We got hurt so many times, we better not do it again. We better not trust anyone. Maybe we should just be alone. That's it. We will sit safely in our safe houses and when we feel lonely, we will safely watch TV (where shit happens to other people, not to us) or safely browse safe internets that we can turn off the second they become unsafe. And then we will sit in the dark, utterly alone and unhappy and wonder, why, why, why do we feel so awful?
So we get busy.
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