The Yen To Write
Why Writers Write
The impetus reigns.
Writers "must" just write each day.
That's just who they are.
At the keyboard is where you will find him.
"There's no time like the present, and there's no present like the time."
I don't know whether someone else has written or said that about time.
I can't recall every having read that, or heard that. It just seems so appropriate in any season of the year, or season of life.
What we devote our time to (as long as it is "devoted") determines what we did and do with the gift of time.
Writers have a yen to write. We are most inspired (at least we hope and pray for inspiration) when we are either thinking about writing, or in the process of writing.
There will be writers who set aside a writing project for a time ("time" again), or feel abandoned by the inspiration they feel they need in order to write (commonly referred to as "writer's block") but all things being equal, "Writers write" as Ernest Hemingway is famously reported to have said when asked what writers do with their time.
Some writers set a writing schedule, even closeting themselves behind locked doors at set times each day to work on their latest project....or perhaps to pray for inspiration.
Some writers are constantly writing, scribbling notes and jottings from observations and thoughts as they move through their day.
Others wait for the almost fully formed idea they are mulling over, and then strike while the iron is hot in a flurry of activity that, while their initial thoughts may change along the way, ends in a finished product.
I have the feeling that the more a writer writes, unless distracted by fame and its concurrent public relations demands for actual income from their writings, the more he or she finds writing to be an essential part of each day.
In short, based on my own experience, writing is addictive for writers.
It is an essentially solitary undertaking. The likely partnerships are with listeners and readers, though a camaraderie of sorts is formed with other writers, illustrators, photographers, agents, editors, and publishers as the writing is taken seriously and earns the devotion it is given.
Try it, you might like it, but remember it can become addictive. Few writers rest on their laurels (or disappointments, as Herman Melville of much delayed Moby Dick fame appears to have done.)
It may have been that addiction that caused Hemingway to end his own life when his own dictum of "Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail" somehow made writing and fame too much more of a chore than a pleasure.
Oh, and writers read, too.
© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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