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Offline Lobo De la Sombra

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Why?
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:41:46 AM »
It's been a while since I've done this, so I have a question for all you writers.  Two questions, actually.  Why do you write?  Why do you share?

Since I'm asking the question, I'll give my own answer.  I write because I enjoy it.  Not just the story, either.  I enjoy the process, watching the characters I create come to life as the words flow onto the page (or screen).  And those characters, all of them, are very much alive to me.  After all the years and stories, I may not remember all of their names, but that makes them no less real in my mind.  It also makes me think.  Not just about bondage and/or sex, but about human nature.  I share for much the same reason I share my Skyrim screenshots, because I enjoy the result of my effort, and it's my hope that other people can enjoy those results as well.

Those are my answers.  What's yours?
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Re: Why?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 10:32:00 AM »
I'm like you Lobo, I write because I enjoy it. It's one of the reasons I launched the site way back when to post my stories and other authors whose stories I liked. I get the images in my head of the characters and how they react and relate to each other. The story seems to flow out of me as I write it, but once written the story is no longer there in my head, strange :o.
I also love studying people and the way they behave (people watching).

Offline Lobo De la Sombra

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Re: Why?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 12:14:38 PM »
Not so strange.  As I've said before, my writing style can be best described as being instinctual.  Sometimes, when I sit down to write, the whole story comes out in one sitting, complete and ready for sending in (well, except for spellcheck).  It's like a pitcher of water, I guess, and once some gets poured out, it's gone, and the space very soon gets filled by other ideas, other images.  Not sure if that makes a whole lot of sense to anyone but me, but there it is.
The more I look, the more I see.
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The less I understand, the more I look.

Offline MaxRoper

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Re: Why?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 05:42:23 PM »
The Pitcher Of Water analogy is close for me too. Like you, I have stories in my head. If I like the story I want to read it and the only way to read it is to write it. No one has the exact same take on things I do and no one else is going to write it the way I want it, so if I want those characters and those events to happen, I have to make it so.

I've written bondage tales since I was a teenager (a LONG time ago). Sometimes I shared them with my partner but mostly they were just for me. The idea of sending them to be posted and read by others was quite appealing because I can't help wondering if my stories and fantasies will resonate with anyone else. I've met and corresponded with several people since I began posting here and a few of them have become friends. The feedback I receive is helpful in my future writing because I learn what others look for in a story. Although I still tend to write only what I want to read, I've tried several things that were suggested by readers.

And of course I'm over the moon when someone takes the time to write and say they enjoyed a story of mine.

-Max

Offline rbbral

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Re: Why?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 05:49:07 PM »
My answer is also very simple. I love it, I love it. I have spent much of my life writing fairly complex business reports, very dry, and I find writing - at least my writing on this site, a wonderful release. There are no boundaries, your mind can wander. It's also a challenge, most of my stories are long - too long, I'm sure for some - and I suppose the reason for that is, I don't know where or when to stop.
While I like putting my characters into quite unpleasant situations, yes, it's only a fantasy, I do try to develop them into real, relatively believable characters (in relatively unbelievable situations), rather than cut-outs, and sometimes this takes time.
For a long time I wrote simply for my own pleasure, and it was only when I viewed Gromet's great site, years and years ago, that I thought I might submit something (nervously). Reactions were, for the most part, positive - and here I have to say it is great hearing from readers offering thanks or encouragement - so I will carry on, four fingered, as long as ideas come into my head. 

Offline Lobo De la Sombra

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Re: Why?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 06:22:32 PM »
One of the great things about writers, Max, especially writers like the ones you have here, is diversity.  You could take any 5 writers here, give them the same basic idea, and wind up with five totally different stories.  Over the years, I've actually had people tell me they wished they could write like me.  My usual answer is, "No, you don't, you want to write like you."  We each have a different take on any given situation, a different view as to how things should progress, and we've been very lucky here to see so many writers taking their own unique paths to great stories.
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Offline Lobo De la Sombra

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Re: Why?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 06:43:20 PM »
For the record, rbbral, I wasn't exactly positive when I sent my first story to Gromet.  I doubt anyone is.  And even now, after 16 odd years and a couple hundred stories, I cross mental fingers whenever I send in a new one, hoping people will enjoy it.  I definitely agree with the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of creating believable characters, especially the ones who, if you met them in real life, you'd really want to punch.  And just for the record, who doesn't love hearing back from the readers about a story you've spent a lot of time on?
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Offline rbbral

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Re: Why?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 07:48:41 PM »
I'm a pretty poor typist, and therefore my stories have a long gestation period, so, as you say, when you get a favourable response, then all those hours hunched over the keyboard seem worthwhile, not that I wouldn't do it anyway, even without any approbation, as it is in my blood I suppose.
I like to create believable (well mostly) characters, and I don't have to like them, sometimes I have more fun with the nasty ones, I can see why actors always say they prefer playing baddies, there's more meat to chew on there.

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Re: Why?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 10:18:27 PM »
Lobo, to be fair, when most people say they want to write like you, it probably has more to do with your use of language, editing skills, believable characterizations, and all the other things you do so well. The only way to develop those skills is to write incessantly. When I look at my early writings (not usually a good idea) I cringe at some of the things I did, but I consider that a good sign since it shows me I've improved.

There's no one else with my exact interests and fetishes and that's one of the many joys of this site. A large percentage of the tales here have little or no interest to me based on the kink content but almost everything can be instructive in some way, even if it's only to show me things to avoid in my own writing.