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Why I Write

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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Where do you prefer to do your writing?

Deskwork

Where to write…at home? the office? your local coffee shop? For some, the answer is obvious while others need to outweigh the pros and cons of each. It might seem unimportant, but where you do your writing makes a lot of difference – it can motivate you to write that new chapter, or send you into the perils of Writer’s Block. So you need to decide which place is the best for you so you can write effectively without any distractions.

I personally don’t write in one place alone; I actually write more in my local coffee shop than I do at home. Why? Because I’m more motivated to write and there’s no temptation to go online or do something else unrelated. Being around other people late at night in a coffee shop helps me write more and I often get through most of a chapter in one hour of writing. Though at times I do write at home, but I simply prefer writing elsewhere.

Are you struggling to find the best place to write? I’ll offer you some of the advantages and disadvantages to writing at home and a coffee shop. Hopefully it will help, but in the end you must decide what works best for YOU.

At Home

Pros

  • no time limit; can write as much as you need without worrying about closing time
  • quiet, and private (assuming you live alone)
  • can take a washroom/snack break without worrying about leaving your computer unguarded
  • can write in your PJs without embarrassment
  • FREE

Cons

  • distractions (partner, roommate and kids constantly bugging you for something)
  • temptation to go on to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • lack of fresh air (if you write all day)
  • encourages house arrest

In a Coffee Shop

Pros

  • time limit – it closes eventually, which makes you write faster.
  • gets you away from the distractions of family
  • can buy a snack or a drink if you need it
  • can get more writing done, especially if you leave the battery charger at home because you’re on a time limit
  • no temptation to go online (best to turn off your WiFi so you won’t be tempted)

Cons

  • expensive – coffee ain’t free!
  • distractions from other patrons
  • can’t leave your stuff unguarded (unless you really trust the person sitting next to you)
  • time limit – you can’t stay forever
  • getting there – traffic and weather can make this tough sometimes
  • space – at times all the seats are taken (this happens to me a lot)

 

Well there you have it. So choose wisely and happy writing. And one other thing: I’d like to offer some tips to those that like the idea of writing in a coffee shop

  • try to go in the evening – fewer people there at that time
  • leave your plug at home so you know you only have so much time to write
  • go during the week. Weekends are usually more busy.
  • if it gets too loud, stop writing and pack it up. You can always go back another time.

 

 

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