Fight To Write: Allie Burke

I’m so excited for all of you to meet Allie Burke, the last writer participating in the Fight To Write series. Allie is the author of the paranormal romance trilogy, The EnchantersViolet Midnight, Emerald Destiny, and soon to be released Amber Passion. During the time I’ve known Allie, she’s shown me how dreams are attainable, compassion, encouragement, warmth, and a style of writing I’m positively addicted to. Allie’s heart is bigger than the stories she creates, which are massive, and I’m honored to call her my friend.

Chosen at random, I’m going to gift a copy of Violet Midnight to someone who comments on this post. Allie has offered to gift one as well, so there are two eBooks available. Don’t forget to leave a comment, my friends!

Fight… to write.

How do I? Fight for my… write?

I have a tattoo on my right leg. Most know it as the logo for the band Rise Against. Me… I know different. Fight for what you love, it tells me. Every single day, it reminds me of… me. Don’t quit, it says. Love it. Love yourself. Be yourself.

E.L. Doctorow tells us that writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. Bullshit. Schizophrenia is not socially acceptable and neither is writing. Being a writer. You… write? What does that mean? What could you possibly have to write about?

Sure, people shop in bookstores (not lately, but you know), pick up e-books for their Kindle, but, as you read the words on the page, fall into the world that is laid out for you, do you really consider what went into that? When you review a book on Goodreads as the worst book in existence, do you think, that maybe, there is a reason that novel is written his way and not yours?

We sit for hours – days – in front of a computer, bleeding our hearts onto the page, looking like we couldn’t work a shower if our lives depended on it. We don’t eat. We don’t sleep. We go to our day jobs with no memory of how we came to be there, counting down the minutes until we can rush home and start the cycle all over again. Is it socially acceptable? No, it’s not. Does that stop us?

It shouldn’t.

I lock myself in a room for hours on end, effectively separating myself from… everything. Friends – family – don’t appreciate being ignored. The world can’t decide whether or not to take me seriously as I walk around like some kind of red-headed zombie (except that guy at work that holds the door open for me like I’m some kind of rock star or something – true story).

But… I don’t care.

A very good friend of mine recently told me that writing was in my blood. When I asked him how he knew that, he answered simply…

Because I know you.

To write, I fight. I fight for that which is me, that which is my right to be. Me. A writer who believes in made up words, three word sentences, and the right to love herself, despite what the “socially acceptable” world thinks of her and her tactics.

Be yourself. Love. Fight. I do.

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6 Responses to Fight To Write: Allie Burke

  1. Keri Lake January 30, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Love this post, Allie. You’re so inspiring :) And you’re absolutely right. I would never bash a writer in a review because I know first hand what it takes to complete such a monumental task. It’s moments of wondering why the hell you started it in the first place and what keeps you so enslaved to it? Writing is a passion.
    Nice job on this series, Marni! I’ve enjoyed reading them :)

  2. M.R. Merrick January 30, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Amazing post, as usual, Allie. I think most writers would agree with everything you just said. I know I do. I write because when I don’t, life is missing something. Like a black hole is swirling inside consuming everything around it. A black hole so hungry only made up worlds, unrealistic monsters, and unbelievable magic can satisfy it’s craving.

    Keep fighting. It is who you are. :)

  3. EllieAnn January 30, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Sometimes when I get tetchy or grumpy, Michael will ask me, “Have you written today?” He knows that it’s my stress relief, it’s how I pour out my emotions in a healthy way. He understands that I’m connected to it deeply, which is why he fights for my right to write. Can’t tell you how much that means to me.

  4. Ashley Prince January 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Great post, Allie. I agree with everything that was said. And I do find the saying “writing is an acceptable form of schizophrenia” is bullshit.

    Marni, great series! I read the last two and I need to go back and read the rest.

  5. Steven Luna January 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Fantastic post! I was told once that I wasn’t “working” as a writer, because all I had done was sit in front of a screen all day and write my little story. This person wasn’t a writer – obviously – and had no idea the struggle that goes into putting words together in a meaningful way. And it was almost not worth explaining to him. But I’d like to think that, after I removed the fork I’d stabbed into his forehead, he had a tad more appreciation for my struggle.

    I know I felt better about it, anyway.

    Thanks for putting the feeling into words!

  6. Elise Stephens (@elisestephens) February 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Yes! Because we writers (I understand your pain!) have to shut ourselves off in the lonely places to write, we need to hear this! A socially acceptable form of schizophrenia, huh? It’s interesting to consider that the writer’s lifestyle really isn’t sociallyy acceptable. Never thought of it that way, but I might need to now!

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