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Why Write?

Understanding Your Deepest Motivations

Barbara O’Neal

I had a friend early in my career who published her first book at the same time I did. Her novel was well received, but she never wrote another. Years later, I asked her why. She said, “I went shopping for author dresses instead of writing another book.”

She wanted the life of an author, not the life of a writer. She wanted the attention gained from book events and reviews, not the solitary and sometimes lonely existence of a working scribe. In the end, the reality wasn’t compelling enough to hold her interest, and she headed in another direction.

Another writer began her career writing romances. She did very well, but after seven or eight books, she changed direction and started ...

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