There are a number of reasons that motivate one to write. For some, it is an indescribable passion for the written word. Others write for cathartic purposes; writing provides an outlet to get things off our chest, and in the end, we may or may not wish to pursue our story further. Some write for hobby; some write simply for the love of creating.
Many factors pushed me to the keyboard on August 13, 2009, the day I began my first YA contemporary. Longtime readers are familiar with my reasons, which are basically a combination of those mentioned above. Additionally, life had yielded time to take on such a project, so I decided to take advantage of my circumstances and seize the moment.
All writers have thoughts they hope to share with readers. Regardless if your goal is mainstream publication, a self published e-book, or writing for hobby, we all envision how our words will impact readers. For me, creating a compelling story to engage a diverse audience and pull them into my character's lives is a huge part of my mission. But, I also write with the goal of disseminating knowledge and providing readers opportunities to learn.
For me, spreading knowledge is a mandatory component of good writing. It is not enough to hook readers and draw them in if the story lacks substance. When I open a book, I want the author to show me a situation through a perspective I never considered. I want to be taught through the voice of the character. I want to learn little facts between the first and last page. I want to be prompted to look up a topic and learn more about it.
I want a moment where I think to myself: Wow...I never knew that!
Is knowledge a necessary element in good writing? How do you incorporate knowledge in your own stories?