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June 7 question - If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?
I don't believe you can replace writing with another activity. Maybe it's better to say that you will allot your time to a different endeavor.
Writing isn't like taking long walks or meeting friends for an afternoon. It's not the same as tending a garden or volunteering at your local food bank. All of these are activities with merit and they satisfy your need for exercise, socialization, improving the way your home looks, and feeling good about contributing to your community. They certainly have their place in your life, but writing does something else. And, of course, this is my HO, so take it for what that's worth!
When I write, I'm exploring who I am and what I believe. Sometimes, I'm a bit surprised by what I discover.
Prejudice? Yep. There's some of that.
How about jealousy? Certainly I'm not given to...,but wait...there it is just to the right of vanity and...oh, no...greed.
Now, here's the positive side of finding all of these flaws inside of myself. I can also write them into the people I put into my books. There's nothing more interesting--again my HO--than a main character who exhibits some prejudice, especially at a time when that's the last thing they should do and it blocks them from achieving the very goal they want the most. Or, what if jealousy drives them to push away the one they love? Anna Karenina comes to mind.
When it comes to vanity, I love developing a character who is constantly seeking some kind of external validation in order to feel they are worthy. "Mirror, mirror, on the wall who's the fairest of them all?" Remember what happens to that one!
The greedy ones intrigue me, too--Scrooge McDuck the Disney version of the Dicken's character reveals his miserly nature one cartoon frame after another. Nothing devastates him more than losing the first dime he ever made. Somehow giving that up means giving up a big chunk of his worth as a--in this case--duck. For Ebeneezer, discovering the real source of joy and self-worth provides a satisfying character arc, one that people have relished for a very long time.
So that's the long and rather circuitous answer to today's question. The short one is this: I won't replace writing with anything. I'll either keep churning out the words, or I'll embrace a different lifestyle and hope within that lifestyle I'll still be able to explore who I am and by extension what makes people--real and fictional--tick.
I'm off to read what the co-hosts and other ISWG members have to say about today's question. Hope you'll follow me around and read the other posts as well.
Happy June. Happy Summer.