"I have so many questions. Where do I come from?"

The other night, I wrote the back story to the back story of my book. An interesting concept. It got me excited. What I wrote the other night won't appear in my book in its current form. But by knowing what happened at the beginning of the history that impacts my story, I know where I will be going with my story. Great fiction writers spend a lot of time developing the back story...where it all started, what happened in their characters' histories, what happened just before the story begins, etc. Most of this doesn't even appear in the book. However, all this solid back story impacts what happens in the book with the characters. It makes a lot of sense to make sure you solidly know where you're coming from.

To put it in the light of today's cinema, even Hollywood has the Man of Steel himself ask the age old question about his back story.

In real life, it is the same. At some point in life a person will ask these thought-provoking questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? If a person knows where they come from, it gives them purpose to what they are experiencing. Knowing where they can end up impacts their choices. My book's back story affects my characters' choices and future. My back story impacts my choices and my future.

Why Even Try?

There are countless writers' resources out there. Books on how to become a successful writer. Blogs about honing your writing craft. Writers conferences to improve your ability and to network. Countless competitions and contests. Family, friends and neighbors telling you what to do. For the past week, I've been skimming through a lot of this to see what is out there. Each tip, each instruction potentially could improve my writing. The trick is to filter the tips to the real and best ones and then apply them. Not all are created equal. There may be many experts out there, but if you don't like their work or no substance backs the instruction, tread carefully.

My purpose in going through a bunch of writers websites this week? To motivate myself. It achieved a little bit of that and the exact opposite. I found some applicable tips, but then was also reminded of the vastness of the book world and the unlikelihood of ever getting acclaim. I realized that even if I think I know what I am doing, I probably don't. Why even try? ...Good question. ...Because that is not why I am writing. I have an important story to tell, and if no one else thinks that, well at least I will have told it. I will have accomplished it and learned a lot in the process.

Is the hard work all worth it in the end? I think so.