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Why I Write
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Sara Ackerman
10 days ago
Revising
Contributor
Written by
Sara Ackerman
10 days ago
Revising

I write because I love to write.  Is there any other reason?  I love playing with words and arranging them a certain way and finessing them into a story that will touch people and entertain them and move them.  There are so many curious and beautiful and heartbreaking experiences in this life that are worth sharing, and those that might only be born of me. Every author knows what I’m talking about. We all have those burning stories inside us that we have to get out.  I believe that ideas will become stories if we give them the chance to breathe and room to unfold. As with most writers, I’m also a reader. To me, authors are some of the most brilliant and admirable people in the world. They are the ones who make us care and think and laugh and cry and fall in love with the characters that live between the pages. As Stephen King says, books are a uniquely portable magic.  How else can you sit in your living room and yet be trudging through a blizzard on the top of Mount Everest or canoeing downstream in the Amazon jungles or feel like you are best friends with a woman who lived two hundred years ago in England?  

Writing also gives my life a wonderful sense of meaning and purpose.  Being such a nature girl, I want to inspire others to feel the same and perhaps feel moved enough to help protect their small corner of the world––or big corner.  I manage to weave nature and animals into all of my books because I love them.  Someone once told me that the smaller a story is, the more universal it becomes. I believe this. We each have stories of our own place and people that can resonate around the globe. Some tragic, some hopeful, and others downright heartwarming.  There is no one way to write a story, there are only our stories. One of my most meaningful writerly moments came only a few months ago.  I have a dear friend who loves all of my books––we all need those kinds of friends, don’t we?––even the ones that are still in the works. After finishing The Ranch at Redwater, she informed me that she has decided to donate a sizeable sum to a donkey rescue foundation because she fell in love with the injured donkey in my book. As a writer, there is no greater feeling than knowing you made a difference, be it small or large, in someone else’s life.  This is why I write.

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  • Alissa Johnson Writing

    Beautiful. It's so powerful to be connected to that larger reason why you write!