A writer friend whom I met through Weekend Writing Warriors inspired me to write this post. In fact, she wrote a post about why she wrote and I thought, “Hmm, that’s a good idea.” Coming up with blog posts is hard sometimes, especially since I’m not published yet or even querying to agents. This post seems appropriate because it is one that relates all writers – why do we write in the first place? For me, I know exactly why I write, seeing as I’ve only been doing it actively for the past four years.
First of all, I don’t write in order to get published and make big bucks. Getting published is great, but it isn’t the main reason I write. As for the money part, I know I won’t make enough to quit my job and live off my royalties. And even if I could, I wouldn’t want to quit my day job! It fulfills me and I really like it. Writing is awesome, but I would never want to write 24 hours a day; I want to see my friends and interact with new people.
Here are a few reasons why I write:
- I love to create stories and characters. Ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved to create characters and stories (it was a wonderful way to escape reality). I’m very creative and I like to see where my characters go in the stories I create for them.
- It helps me relax. When the daily grind gets me down, writing brings me back to life and reminds me of the talent I possess. I can pick up my laptop, head over to a coffee shop in the evening and write while listening to my favorite tunes. Being around pockets of people socializing actually motivates me to write, and that also eases the tensions from a hard day.
- It gives me a purpose in life. Writing is something that you can do until the day you can’t write anymore. You can write story after story. For me, it is my calling and I love the fact that I’m actually doing something most people only dream of doing. It gives me something to look forward to-day after day.
- I have stories to tell. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of things – some which I wished I’d never seen. They can only come out on pad and paper, and they will make a difference in the world. You only get one shot in life, so for me it’s now or never.
Of course I love to read and I enjoy the written word. It is a precious thing even in a world that has changed so much in the last twenty years. I couldn’t imagine not writing fiction; the world wouldn’t make sense. I think all writers should stop and ponder why it is they write. It keeps us motivated and we come to know ourselves better as writers.
So thank you Victoria Davenport for inspiring me to write this post!