When I started writing my first novel I had no idea that I found the one thing that I could easily be doing for the rest of my life. I had always liked writing and wrote a lot of collateral for the software company I co-founded myself instead of hiring a writer.
But, writing correspondence, marketing texts and sales concepts is quite different from writing a novel and bringing characters to life. Characters act, they talk to each other – I love dialogues – they make mistakes, they fall in love, they commit crimes and they investigate them. And they won’t do anything if I don’t make them do it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is what I love most about writing novels, but this definitely is in the top 3 of my list: creating characters and giving them a personality. Another one would be word smithing: I love to play with words, see whether I can find one that is even more to the point and play with their rhythm.
And now that more and more people have read my first book and get back to me with feedback I really start enjoying that aspect of writing as well: the interaction with my readers. The third of my top 3 things I like about writing.
So I asked myself: Would I write if nobody was reading? I guess so.