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stephen samperi

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What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 27, 2018 10:27 AM
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I decided to write a book for fun, Merdurinous Machine. IT is about crime, time travel and finance/trading.

I enjoyed coming up with ideas and toying with the story. Putting ideas into sentences and describing exciting events is fun to me. It is my first book and i think I did "good" overall but now I know what it feels like to know I am a novice writer. If i write a 2nd book it will likely be even better. Of course I would like to make some money selling my book and eventually developing a fan base because that would encourage me to write more books. I want my first book to be successful but if it is not I won't regret creating it. I felt that I should try writing a book at least once just to see what the process is like. If Merdurinous Machine is not successful, never makes money, never gets downloads and never gets reviews, I won't feel bad. I would either make changes for my 2nd book or maybe never write again. We will see.

What drives you to write books?

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Diane Pratt

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:08 AM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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Since you asked... I write for the love of creating characters and shaping their lives. Before I finish a story, I am thinking about the next one. Driving to work I think about what my characters will do and say next. In the middle of the night I'll get an idea and note it in my phone. At work if I get an idea I email it to my personal email. It can be just a phrase, but it will make sense later. After a 90 minute (round trip) commute, and seven hours staring at a monitor, I go home and write or edit for two to three hours. I plan my weekend around when I can get in writing time. My love for writing has a slight addictive factor, but it costs nothing, hurts no one, and it keeps my mind working. I have eight books out, am working on the ninth, and I have sold one book to a non-family or friend. I get buzzed when I check reports to see that someone has read some of my pages. I check to see which book it was, and I hope they are enjoying my story. To think they chose my story out of the millions of books they could have chosen is like a shot of adrenaline. Hallmark will never be calling to say they want to make one of my stories into a movie, but I will not stop writing because that impossible dream will never come true.

If you enjoy writing, then keep doing it.

Best of luck!

Edited by: Diane Pratt on Jan 29, 2018 8:19 AM
Jonathan B

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:25 AM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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I am like Diane. My mind is constantly churning out story lines while in the car, at the gym, watching tv . . .

I feel I have stories in me that have to get out, and I have enough of an ego to want others to read what I write. I was a grad school adjunct professor while on active duty, and the same drive to teach is related to my desire to impart something on others.

I am lucky enough that a few people actually read my drivel, and the positive feedback just reinforces my drive to write. It's like taking heroin--every email, every reader I meet at a con, just makes me crave more

I had a reader who used to write me often, making comments and offering suggestions. No, more than a reader--a friend. When I found out he passed, I decided to dedicate my next book to him. His son sent me a copy of the eulogy the vicar gave at the funeral. The last page said that while my friend had been bedridden for the last three years (I hadn't known that), he had made friends with me, a writer, offering me advice. It had become his pride and joy, that he could contribute while his health failed. I was gobsmacked, that someone I never met in person, someone across the ocean, actually took enough joy in our interaction that his family thought it should be in his eulogy. I will be presenting a copy of the book I dedicated to him to his family this weekend.

I write because I believe I had stories to tell. I keep writing because of the positive reinforcement I receive.
DidierAubin87

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:46 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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First of all, I love reading books. I can spend a whole day to read book and do nothing. And I am a discreet man, writing is the good way to express my feeling, my thoughts and my stories.
Donald Roble

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 8:50 AM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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I've always been a story teller. I decided to write them out for posterity. Well, for my descendants. 30 years from now no one will know or care if I was a best selling author or not.
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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 9:34 AM   in response to: Diane Pratt in response to: Diane Pratt
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Diane Pratt wrote:
Since you asked... I write for the love of creating characters and shaping their lives. Before I finish a story, I am thinking about the next one. Driving to work I think about what my characters will do and say next. In the middle of the night I'll get an idea and note it in my phone. At work if I get an idea I email it to my personal email. It can be just a phrase, but it will make sense later. After a 90 minute (round trip) commute, and seven hours staring at a monitor, I go home and write or edit for two to three hours. I plan my weekend around when I can get in writing time. My love for writing has a slight addictive factor, but it costs nothing, hurts no one, and it keeps my mind working. I have eight books out, am working on the ninth, and I have sold one book to a non-family or friend. I get buzzed when I check reports to see that someone has read some of my pages. I check to see which book it was, and I hope they are enjoying my story. To think they chose my story out of the millions of books they could have chosen is like a shot of adrenaline. Hallmark will never be calling to say they want to make one of my stories into a movie, but I will not stop writing because that impossible dream will never come true.

If you enjoy writing, then keep doing it.

Best of luck!

Edited by: Diane Pratt on Jan 29, 2018 8:19 AM


Thank you for post. ^^
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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 9:35 AM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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stephen samperi wrote:
What drives you to write books?

Usually, my Subaru Forester, with the prospect of some quality time at a coffee shop or library.
Read Neon

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 10:55 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Writing is an art and science i think. It needs creativity, imagination, ability to put feelings on paper etc are essentials.
Morgan Carlson

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 12:32 PM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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I have always been a dreamer and a storyteller. I used to write just for fun in forums and to people over various messengers. They'd keep asking me to write more stories for them, though I didn't think they were that good, people enjoyed reading them. Slowly my craft evolved, but I never thought of publishing until someone actually told me that I should give it a try. I've always been telling my stories, but now I had the option for an audience and some funds. So I write to write, mainly, and try to earn enough of a profit on the side to justify my time spent doing so to others.

Last year an injury that prevented me from sitting broke me from my writing drive, but I'm trying to pick it up again. Currently, I write with monetary goals in mind. $100 a day would be the immediate one... but that's a long ways away! (That was the goal last year as well, but I only got a tenth of the way there for two months. Currently a twentieth there for this year so far.)

Given that I have 288 partially written stories, and under 40 completed and published (short stories), you can see my desire to write to write is still winning out!
Ron Chappell

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 3:34 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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Most of us will never know how we have affected another person's life. You are the lucky one Jonathan. What a great feeling that must be.
Ashley

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 3:52 PM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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The imagination that I can put into words, and the worlds I can build. Typing or writing it down just feels great.
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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 4:32 PM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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stephen samperi wrote:
I decided to write a book for fun, Merdurinous Machine. IT is about crime, time travel and finance/trading.

Merdurinous

adjective
(comparative more merdurinous, superlative most merdurinous)

(archaic, rare) Consisting of excrement and urine.

Thanks for increasing my word power. Not really a wow selling title though.

Dave Casey

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 4:41 PM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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I write for my salvation. I don't want to be standing in front of God and hear Him say, "Hey, you remember all those times you begged me for some ideas to write about? I sent you hundreds. Why didn't you write them all?"

Uh ... sorry?

Not exactly the kind of reply He will want to hear.

;)
Dave Casey

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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 4:44 PM   in response to: Morgan Carlson in response to: Morgan Carlson
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Morgan Carlson wrote:
Given that I have 288 partially written stories, and under 40 completed and published (short stories), you can see my desire to write to write is still winning out!

Just look at all those ideas, sitting there, baking away, waiting for you to be ready to finish one off.
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Re: What drives you to write books?
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 6:23 PM   in response to: stephen samperi in response to: stephen samperi
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I get scenes churning around in my mind that keep nagging me until I write them down, but it wasn't until I decided to help a friend with his book that I realized I could publish. Back when I had crazy thoughts about writing a book, I didn't want to go through the effort of finding an agent and shopping a manuscript around. Once that barrier was gone though, why not put my ideas into stories and put them out for others to read?
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