Why I Write
Guest post by M.J. Fifield
There's a book called Letters to a Young Poet that's a collection of ten letters written by Rainer Maria Rilke to a 19-year old man who approached Rilke seeking criticism on his poetry and advice on whether he should pursue a career in writing.
In one such letter, Rilke says, "Search for the cause, find the impetus that bids you write. Put it to the test: Does it stretch out its roots in the deepest places of your heart? Can you avow that you would die if you were forbidden to write? Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this question with a simple, "I must," then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity."
My answer is a resounding "I must."
But as to why I must, I honestly don't know. It's just been something that I have always done, like breathing or eating chocolate. I am compelled to do it. My characters are the first thing I think about when I wake and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. When I'm precision folding jeans at my day job, I'm thinking about them. These people and places are in my head, heart, and soul, demanding my attention, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Writing is just simply what I do.
I love manipulating language to evoke emotion?happy, sad, or everything in between. I love creating lives for my characters to live. I love living vicariously through them. They have adventures I never will. They occasionally have adventures I never hope to have, as I am occasionally quite horrible to them and live in fear of the day they rise up against me and kill me in my sleep.
But, really, I think the answer as to why I write is probably most eloquently expressed in a quote from my personal idol/obsession, Joss Whedon:
"I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of."
And I write because I must.
Thanks go out to my host, Patrica Lynne, and to all of you who stopped by this amazing blog today. Thank you!
Effigy (epic fantasy)
by M.J. Fifield
Release date: July 22, 2014
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coile?in, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband's cruelty.
A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people's rebellion. She give him her support, soon followed by her heart.
Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?
Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price?even if it means her life.
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About the Author:
Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn't writing, she's on the hunt for over-sized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creatures?mostly pets?in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. Visit her online at mjfifield.com.
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