Sunday, February 5, 2012

Why Do You Write?

A friend asked me this recently and I've been mulling on my thoughts....

I write because it is an expression of myself
I write because I can't sing or paint or sew or play sports...it's really all can do
I write with a secret hope someone will read and know more about who I really am
I write because it feels good


What about you?  Why do you write (or do whatever your passion may be)?

18 comments:

Shelby said...

I write because I have to many ideas and if I don't get them down I'll go crazy.

I write because it makes me happy.

I write because it takes me to other places, just like reading.

storyqueen said...

I write because it is the one piece of myself that belongs only to me (and eventually to others, if I am lucky) but while I am writing, it's only mine.

I need that.

Shelley

effervescent laughter said...

I write because my mom inspires me,
I write because I hope I can do the same to others,
and I write because it teaches me more about myself :)

Catherine Denton said...

Writing brings out what is hidden in me. Without meaning to, there's always a bit of MY story wrapped in the one I'm writing.

P.S. LOVE your cover!
Catherine Denton

Accidentalwriter said...

I write for many of the reasons already stated. For me, writing is the one thing I feel like I have very little control over - the words seem to present themselves and we simply respond to their presence. So much of our lives can be dominated by expectations or perceptions - how refreshing to engage in one thing which at least feels to be free from all of that!!

Martin Willoughby said...

I write because I can and because I can escape the drudgery of the world.

Tess said...

I am reading each of these thinking "yes, me too! that too!"
ahhh....what I love about other writers is how much we have in common.

Miss P said...

First of all, it's NOT all you can do. You are EXTREMELY talented in MANY other areas of your life. You also are a writer. It's a gift.

I don't consider myself much of a writer, but I do like to write, as well. Because I am a storyteller. So, if I can't get people to listen to me talk, maybe they will read the story if I write it down.

Tess said...

Miss P: I'll read your story. Write it! write it! and, thanks.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

I write because I love to daydream and have imaginary conversations.

I write because it allows me to explore levels of my subconscious that I might not get to otherwise.

I write books for teenagers because it allows me to re-explore that time in my own life. What other time is so emotionally fraught and so exciting with discovery?

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

It probably all boils down to love. I love to write and make believe, so novels are the natural result. :)

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss tess! wow! for sure theres lots of cool reasons for writing. for me i just write cause i love it.
...hugs from lenny

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a good question. I write because I have to. I practically itch if I don't write some way, some how. Lucky for me, or coincidentally, I love to make up stories.

ali cross said...

I loved how you said you write so people will know you. I think that's very telling, and probably (deep down) my reason too.

((Hugs))

Susan Fields said...

I write because I'm happier when I do. It's hard to imagine my life without it.

Marcia said...

I have to echo your third reason.

I also write because the reading experience is so wonderful that writing seems a way to heighten it: I love to read books, so I want to MAKE books.

Really, I write because. It's just who I am.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

I write because I have voices in my head. I write to let them out. I write because it is my gift and I simply must use it. I also make music for the same reasons.
So happy you have this gift, too.

Brandon Barr said...

I write because I love to read, and fiction often presents us with the kind of heroes we long for. I love being able to create those heroes, even though I rake them across the coals of evil.