Next up, we’re hearing from Mitch Goth, paranormal investigator and wordsmith-of-all-trades. All yours, Mitch…
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I suppose there’s not one reason why I write what I do. Over the past couple years I’ve written novels, novellas, and short stories in genres like thriller, suspense, drama, comedy, romance, among others. I started out writing thriller novels, mostly about crime. That most likely stems from my interest in crime stories and crime films, which started at a young age. When it comes to the other genres, like suspense or comedy, there really wasn’t any particular reasoning behind writing those stories. Most of the time, ideas simply come to my mind and I think to myself, “I have to write this, I want to write this” so I do. I don’t think that writing has to be any more complex than that when it comes to reasoning or motivation, although writing always seems to come out better where there is a cause or specific reasoning behind writing it.
The more serious works I’ve done, like Shattered Glass, Delicate Rain, or Color Blind (currently unpublished), had strong motivations behind them, like a statement on love or social justice. I hope to write more books like that in the future, although powerful motivation like that is hard to come by. Aside from strong statements being motivations for writing, I also take a famous piece of writing advice and “write what I know”. I wrote a small serial short story series about Antioch College, my current school, as a way to show what I saw to be the positive aspects of it as well as the negative. Currently, I have a horror novel in infant stages. I decided to write a paranormal horror book now because I have been a paranormal investigator for almost six years now. I’ve wanted to write one for a long time, but only recently landed on a solid idea to build off of.
In short, there’s not one single reason why I write what I do other than I just write what I want to. Sometimes I want to write a simple action/suspense story, other times I want to create a maze-like mystery novel, and sometimes I want to put a powerful statement into fictional prose. My motivations and reasons seem to change almost everyday. Above all, I write because I enjoy it and I know it is what I want to do with my life. Motivations for stories will come and go, but my motivation to write will never leave me.
Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.
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