Write What You Want To Read


I can’t believe NaNoWriMo* is almost over! There’s no question I’ll cross the 50,000 word line with my novel today, three days early. I’ve been blessed this month “easy” writing.

Of course it’s never truly easy. The process always has its bleak “why in the hell am I writing this book anyway?” moments. While I think writing the first draft of this novel has been relatively smooth sailing, I wanted to share one of the reasons I write: so that I can read the kind of book I want to read.

If that sounds selfish or silly to you, please consider Toni Morrison’s advice:

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. -Toni Morrison

Also, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hobbit) and C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) wrote their fantasy masterpieces mainly because they couldn’t find the kind of stories they wanted to read anywhere else.

So I will keep writing the stories I want to read and hope that someday (when the stories are ready) someone else will want to read them as well.

*National Novel Writing Month, a crazy 30-day writing marathon held every November.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Write What You Want To Read”

  1. I’ve done NanoWrimo several times, in fact it helped me through a year or two cope after I had surgery and chemo and radiation. I did hit the word mark but most of my writing were character sketches, story lines, research info, blah, blah, blah. I am still planning on finishing the story one of these days!

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    1. Over the years my NaNoWriMo efforts have gotten better. I think it’s just the practice of drafting from scratch. But every NaNo draft is that — a messy, ugly, needs a ton of work draft.

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