Picture this: Editor turned agent and author of The Forest for the Trees, Betsy Lerner staring out at a sea of writers. Positioned carefully in her hands she holds a telescope, causing her vision to focus right at the core, the muse-igniters of the writing soul. I’m there. No, not there. I’m on the other side of the ocean. Do you see me with the jeans and the wool sweater? I’m holding something too. It’s shaped like a telescope, but it’s not a telescope. As I squint my eye to peer inside my handheld device I see twirling colors, spinning pinwheels and shapes and sheer mystery. My kaleidoscope is aimed back at the agents/editors conversing on the other side. I don’t have a clear view of what their lives entail—yet. Yet.
But in Betsy’s book her description of why a writer writes hits upon a proverbial goldmine.
Check this out:
“As far as I can tell people write for exactly two reasons: 1) They are compelled to, and 2) they want to be loved.”
Now if that ain’t some King Tutankhamen I don’t know what is?
She goes on to write later in the chapter, “Writers want love, and they hope that through their work, they will be recognized as special. And that is why most writers are so crazy. When a writer gives his editor the pages of his manuscript, he is, in essence, handing over his heart on a plate. And until he gets a response, his entire sense of himself is in limbo. It’s like waiting for the results of a biopsy.”
We know how accurately Betsy described the two reasons. Here’s your chance. Give me two reasons why you write.
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**Blogging friend, Katie Ganshert got the call from her "dream" agent! Praise God.