I recently visited a childhood friend. Cindy and I became best friends in Junior High and through High School. She was the maid of honor at my wedding. We stayed in touch over the years as much as we could with growing families and living three states apart.
I don't remember being such a tyrant about having someone read my writing. But this makes me understand why I don't mind having people read my work. From the first draft that goes to my critique partners to the finished product I put out for readers, I've never had a problem with allowing them to read the story. I write because I have a desire and a need to write. And I write to entertain. That can't be done if no one reads my work.
I have several writer friends who have a hard time letting anyone see their written work. I've never understood that. I don't begrudge them their feelings, but as I stated, I write for others to read. That is what writers do. They write to put their feelings and thoughts on paper and to share with readers.
What if Laura Ingalls Wilder hadn't put her life to paper and sent it out for the world to read? We would have never experienced those cold winters or the history that she put onto paper that entertain us even as adults. But think of all the children who would never have been entertained as they learned a bit about the backbone that made this country.
That's how I like to write, to not only entertain the reader but also enlighten them to something they may not have otherwise experienced or heard about. And I like to think that because I'm thinking of the reader and what would keep their interest it helps me be a better writer.
Wanting to entertain and enlighten is what I think about when brewing up a new book. It's what makes me do deep research so the reader learns and has an enjoyable ride.
What was the last book you read that not only entertained you but you also learned something?
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