Do You Understand WHY You Write?

Do You Understand WHY You Write?

Rolling over in the middle of the night from another restless sleep, I grab my smartphone and start going through my twitter account, which has become horribly addictive. This is about the only time I can actually look at other people’s twits. So I click on links for books and posts and retweet what I think is appropriate. Keeping my eye on the time on my phone, telling myself I need to go back to sleep, I run across a twit entitled: Why I Suck at Book Marketing (& WHY You Do Too) by Shah Wharton. She had recently seen a post called I Hate Self-Promotion by Tim Grahl at Out:Think.

Basically the premise is that you can holler until you’re blue in the face through your Author Platform, but until you understand WHY you are writing, what theme is behind your books, you will never reach the readers you are looking for. Shah went through her books and made a list of her reoccurring themes so she could understand WHY she was writing and what she was trying to tell her readers.

Hmm. As you know, I’m publishing my late husband’s books. So as for the WHY he needed to express, I can’t ask him. But being a reader and having gone through the birthing process with each of his stories and characters, I gave it a stab in the dark.


Nightmare Storm: This is a man who one fateful night, has his girlfriend taken by a four-foot Teddy Bear into a large ball of light. The other Teddy Bears could have picked anyone on the block, but it was his girlfriend they wanted. He then has to live through the fear and helplessness of the consequences.


In Memory of Michelle: A man is fishing along the Missouri River and one fateful day, he encounters an aquatic humanoid creature he calls Michelle. Due to an accident beyond his control, he fells hopeless at his inability to help her and comes back year after year to find her.


Keeper of the Unicorns: Unknown to Michael, he has a destiny to the Keeper of the Unicorns, Grizelda. He pays the price when he chooses to ignore his destiny.


It Lives In The Basement: This is about two Detectives, who were partners, but at different times were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They are both faced with the same creature and fighting for survival. Again, Fate.


The Secret of Excalibur:  Arthur is a man, who due to an accident suddenly has various psychic abilities. And as the story progress’, he discovers that it was his destiny.

There are several other stories that I have started but quit, for now, with the same reoccurring themes. Fate and Destiny.

Fate: The development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. OR, be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way.

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Destiny: The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.

Ah ha! So now I have found my theme, but what to do with it? Supposedly I can use this knowledge to attract my tribe of people. We shall see.

For those of you that don’t believe in Fate/Destiny, when Bob and I first met, he told me he knew me by the 7 moles I have on my back

Also, I don’t drive due to a congenital birth defect involving the central nervous system in my eyes. So Bob was the sole driver. We had bought a small three acre house in the country. We spent 7 wonderful years before we lost it to a flood along the Missouri River. He passed away 1 1/2 years later. If we hadn’t lost the house and moved back into Omaha, I would have been stuck in a house in the country that I had no way to get back and forth to work from. I would have had to go through the emotional loss of my house and Bob at the same time. I don’t think I could have dealt with that. So Fate took our house and gave me Bob for 1 1/2 years and a way back to Omaha.  And last, was it Fate that made me stop at this one twitter post in the

middle of the night?

So, do you know WHY you write?

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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