Why Do I Write? Because I Want To!
edited: Saturday, February 09, 2008
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2008
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I write, yet I also feel frustrated.
Why do I write? Because I feel I have to.
God's gifted me with an incredible gift. Not everyone can write; not everyone can be another John Grisham, Stephen King, or Jodi Picoult. They all write different genres, but all are at the top of their game.
I am indeed grateful to have found AuthorsDen. I have now posted 3,114 stories (at last count!), many more will come. My earlier writings are (I think) terrible compared to the way I write now.
I am working hard to improve on my writing ability; it is a neverending learning experience. It's as though school's always in session--and I graduated nearly thirty years ago! LOL
I have also written articles and poems on a wide variety of subjects. I do focus a lot about disabilities because I am disabled, and feel there is a need for more stories featuring main characters who are disabled (especially in children's literature).
People may get burned out on what I write, but at this time, I don't care. The words need to be written, be out there, for everyone to see.
People ask me all the time why I don't do more poetry. Well, now, I have sometimes wondered this myself. The truth of the matter is this: I don't like how I do poetry. Poetry is too much work for me; stories, for some reason, are a lot easier for me to do. They've always been easier.
I am NOT a poet. I am a "storyteller". PERIOD.
I may sound selfish here, but I wish people would stop hitting my poetry and pay more attention to my stories. I feel my stories have a lot to say; people can learn from what I write about.
My twin sister (StormSpinner) is the poet in the family. I am not. She busts her butt to get a poem together (it doesn't come easily for her; lots of tears and sweat have been shed as she tries to get a poem together to her satisfaction), and she's lucky if she gets more than 20 reviews per poem. I throw something together; the reviews start flyin' in like gangbusters.
It makes her feel horrible. She feels she isn't good enough to be a writer; several times she's wanted to put down her pen for good. I tell her not to give up. What are my words worth to get so many reviews? She's a much better poet than I will EVER be.
This is why I don't do poetry.
I am lucky if I do three poems a year. When I do, I usually get 30 plus reviews per poem (most I've gotten is 89); the most Karla has gotten on a poem is 40--and it was about me when I was in the hospital in December 2006.
I would like to do a poem; yet out of respect for her feelings, I don't. I stick to stories. Stories are a lot more challenging, a lot more fun, for me to write.
Thank you for reading/reviewing me (even my poetry, even though I gripe! LOL). I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Just take my feelings into consideration regarding how I feel about my stories verses my poetry.
I just wish my stories got as many reviews as my poetry. I guess my stories, my feelings, don't matter.
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|Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
Great write with so much feeling. I didn't know Karla had those feelings, she shouldn't, she's a wonderful writer. And so are you. I love reading your stories, but plain fact, is I just don't always have the time to read stories or articles. I think that's why most people read poetry..time. Perhaps a bit shallow, I love Authorsden, and you'll always be the most special person, because you were the first to rate my work back in 2007 when I wrote "The Attack"
And writing because you "want to" is the best reason. As you once told me, keep the pen movin and groovin'!
|Reviewed by Sheri Hart
|Karen, as you well know, writing is therapuetical... at least it is for me. I have always been better at expressing my thoughts on paper rather than verbally. And when these thougts take story form, it's fun. And I've always hated the question, "why do you write?" It doesn't have one answer - it has a million answers. I guess the best I can say is that I write because it 'helps'.|
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|KAREN LYNN -
FIRSTLY - let me sincerely apologize - why? - in the 6 years I have been here, and all the reviews you have posted on my STUFF - I ust realized that I don't remember ever even VISITING your site! This fact is not due to callousness, but rather to STUPIDITY on my part, and the standard EXCUSE of just being TOO BUSY! MEA CULPA!
SECONDLY - Writing is THERAPEUTIC - it helps in many ways, not least of which is to help to organize one's THOUGHTS! Let's face it - each and every human being that is NOT a ROBOT has Feelings and Emotions - some UP, Postive, and Joyful - others DOWN, Negative, and Sorrowful - getting these emotions OUT of the head and ONTO paper or plastic (keyboard entries) - just like doing a TAPE DUMP or a TRASH EMPTYING - FREES UP SPACE in Memory for new STUFF to be received, or UPLOADED ... Make sense?
THIRDLY - I believe that almost everyone has good STORIES to tell - and let's face it - whether the genre is called: Poem, Story, Article, Blog, Saga, Tale, Epic, or any other non-descriptive description, like - STUFF ... we all enjoy SHARING!
Mankind, and WO-mankind - ALL - ultimately go back to the same DNA, or GENES, or CHROMOSONES - good ole ADAM N' EVE! Ergo, we are GREGARIOUS! We are SOCIAL
FOURTHLY - While some have been Gifted with great: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary, and other Language Skills - others were NOT so Gifted. But, they still have good STORIES to tell - so they should still TELL them! Someone else can do the 'gut-work' of Refining, or Editing - ain't that what EDITORS are really for?
Reminds me of the old 'saw' - "Them that can't DO ... TEACH!"
FIFTHLY - In all due conscience, I must admit that I am one of the ones that tend to be very VERBOSE! Second MEA CULPA! Just ask Matlack! Some like it - some don't - as they used to say in the Russian Army - "TOUGHGIE SHITSKI !!!"
To attempt to paraphrase Abe Lincoln -
"You can please SOME of the people SOME of of the time - and you can please ALL of the people SOME of the time - but you can't please ALL of the people ALL of the time!"
SIXTHLY - Regarding REVIEWS - my experience here, as well as several other previous sites, is that MORE people tend to read POEMS, rather than other 'STUFF' - simply because they are usually SHORTER and take up less TIME!
Now, if anyone would like to CHALLENGE this statement, be my guest - I WOULD CHALLENGE THEM TO FIND - GO AND READ - and then WRITE A REPORT ON -
"THE RHYME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER' ...
"Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink!'
and "THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE" -
"... all into the Valley of Death rode the Six Hundred ..."
SO - FA-GET-A-BOUT-IT ... whoever reads whatever, and takes time to comment however on whatever ... is ultimately a very NICE PERSON - for whichever reason we should all be happily-ever-after indubitably GRATEFUL ...
Kind-a sort-a like-a ... the Opposite of ... "The Grateful Dead!"
SEVENTHLY - and FINALLY -
yet another MEA MAXIMA CULPA is needed here - what started out as an intended lil 'PEP-TALK' MUSHROOMED into an Article -
ERGO - all of this STUFF herein presented, is now being copied and pasted - and will shortly be posted on my 'HOGWASH CHANNEL' ... see STUFF !!!
PAL = Peace - Love - Abundance ...
yer Fiend (r omitted on purpose) - Tom Kat.
|Reviewed by Eileen Granfors
|Just keep writing when inspiration strikes. I'm like you. I write because I want to, not because I think that I'm Sylvia Plath or Mary Oliver! :0) e|
|Reviewed by Mary Coe
|Keep the stories, poems and articles coming our way.|
|Reviewed by Terry Michaels
|I write for the same reason - I have to! Keep up the good work. You have a very down to earth style, and very enjoyable!|
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|Writing is a gift which our Lord has bestowed on you . Keep writing and sharing wonderful stories on the den. Your poems are different from Karlas . Each person has their own unique style of writing. When I get a lot of reviews , I'm overjoyed , but when I look at mt stats ,I'm overwhelmed......M|
|Reviewed by Angela Posey-Arnold
|there is a great Bible Study out called Write His Answers by Marlene Bagnull
I am currently invovled in an online Bible Study with my online Writers Group and we are doing this study. It is great. The author being a Christian Author herself seems to know exactly how we feel.
It is a wonderful study.
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
Oh you get's a spanking. You know your work is fantastic give yourself some big pats for me. It is alright to share the way you feel we have to all just go with what is in our hearts. Some people are just thankful for getting one review, then I have seen some to not get any reviews. In my absence being unable to do reviews but you have faithful followers too and that is super.
All blessings to you,
ps. thank you for visiting my den space it means much to me and my heart, you take care now.
|Reviewed by Anita Eboka
You are so cute. I love your frankness and story telling gift. Your work is full of life and hope. Not a moment of boredom. Very nice.
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
This is a wonderful write, thank you for sharing, keep it up and be blessed, your stories inspire me, keep it up and be blessed
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Dear little one, all poets are storytellers, therefore...you are a poet, and you couldn't wash it from you...ever.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Don't let me stop you - it's my jealous nature getting in the way of your words - write because you can. I'm sorry if I hinder you -
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(