Why Do We Write, What We Write

What motivating factor shouts to us to write what we do?

Ever sit down at the keyboard just wondering, “What can I bless the rest of the world with today?No! I wrote about that last week,” or “so-and-so already has that covered pretty well, maybe I should write on—“and yada, yada, yada— until we just give up!“Maybe something will come later…” If this is you, don’t think you hold the edge on apathetic complacency.I think at times, all our minds just go blank!Confusion!Drudgery of daily chores and activities—baby’s crying-- before you know it, you have a headache.Can’t write now, guess what?You’ve just defeated yourself!

Yesterday I was reading an article from a fellow Hubber, and they said, “Sometimes we get ideas from what others write…” My mind got to clicking, could you possibly write on a ‘negative’ comment someone emailed to you?Like something you wrote earlier maybe on your blog; an article you’ve never even published to one of the social sites, not meaning to intimidate, but one reader seemingly took it the wrong way and wrote to you about your intent or motives?Like they put you in a mold or something, “You were supposed to act thusly…” they thought.

My wife and I were noticing an increase in traffic here on HubPages, and I remember asking her what I should write about next…?She replied, “I know what I would write about, people who inconsiderately leave their shopping carts beside their parking space, or in it keeping others from parking there as they leave.”Lack of consideration… maybe—Well, I started a little satire on a blog, intending to go back, polish it up a little, then publish it to HubPages, RedGage, She Told Me, anywhere.Well I get this email.Not a comment provided on the blog, a personal email.It appears someone has a guilty complex about something I wrote about; thought maybe I had seen them leave their shopping cart, or was talking about them, or something.Thought she would write me as to the reason she didn’t return her shopping cart, and asking me to be more tolerant?How about her tolerance to others?

I've not written in three days, afraid I’d hurt someone’s feeling. She could have been tolerant and just not said anything, but no! She said she didn't have to return her cart to the proper ‘cart caddy’ because she wasn’t going to leave her children in the car alone. Her children weren't in control of the situation… or were they? I guess we just can’t please everyone, or some excuses are legitimate I suppose.

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We write to please ourselves...

I assume we write what we write sometimes just to please ourselves or we want to get something off our chest.Unless we’re working on a novel or some other large writing, the ideas come and go.While mowing I think of numerous ideas, but I can’t write them down at the moment so they become superfluous.Even lying in bed, we think about something--, but if we don’t get up to jot down the idea we lose sleep over it.Sometimes the ideas are too numerous to mention.We have ourselves, our health, the weather, our jobs, why people do what they do, the reasons things are what they are, the hobbies we have or what we like to eat, where we like to go… what we like to do or—occasionally even about things that might even ‘bug’ us.

Now mind you; as you sit down to pound out that masterpiece that has just come to you out of the blue—it may not be equally enjoyed by all that read it.Someone clear across the country may search you out and try to justify why they do the things they do.Maybe they feel better after spouting off as to why they choose not to observe common courtesy toward everyone else, including those that are handicapped.Persons that don’t ask for much, just to be considered by those of us more able-bodied.Those willing to return the shopping carts to the nearby parking corrals and not leave them in the handicapped spaces because it might be more convenient to them or because they are in a hurry, or some other frivolous excuse.I understand it’s called Parking Lot Etiquette.

Parking Lot Etiquette

Now I could have picked any other subject to write on today… but no, you see I was helped.Rather than remain quiet and bite the preverbal bullet and not try to justify their actions—they were shouting out to me.Sam; why don’t you write on -- Parking Lot Etiquette, and even those that are exempt…

© 2010 SamSonS

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Thorn058 6 years ago from Grand Forks, ND

Nine times out of ten I am inspired to write out long ranting and raving in much the same manner because of something stupid I see in every day life. A good majority of the stemming from something political lately or just the plain old fashion ignorance of others. I did a three page piece once on the laziness of people who walk up to a person in a grocery store stocking shelves who obviously doesn't work there based solely on a cursory inspection of their attire(come on if it is your local grocery store you should be able to recognize the difference between shorts a ball cap and black crew shirt and a blue dress shirt, apron and dockers) and proceed to bark at the individual "Where is the bacon you got on sale?" Needless to say I never published it but it felt good writing it. So I guess I am saying this was a good read and funny as well besides hit a cord with me . Nice Job

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Thorn058, I was almost afraid to read your comment after approving it, thinking this might just be another 'Crucifixion' comment. I appreciate you taking the time and I guess it's good to get things off our chest even at the expense of someone elses' disdain and selfishness...

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Thorn058 6 years ago from Grand Forks, ND

The bad unfortunately follows the good in any kind of online community. What motivates people to be mean and nasty to someone they don't know will always be beyond me. On most of the sites I write for or frequent I tend to give the haters no where to go with their negative views. I wouldn't say killing them with kindness but more like sarcasm and dry wit. My advice don't let any negative response keep you from writing in general those that hate have a narrow view anyways.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

again I say, thanks Thorn058 your wisdom and comments are enjoyed & appreciated always...

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harrist 6 years ago from on the Net

Nice hub :-)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks harrist, for visiting my site and your nice comment...

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

once again an excellent read I love it, made my day to read something like this, you have talent yes you do! keep on writing.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks Rebecca, glad you liked it...

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks kevintuga, for your nice comments and I'm on my way to your site now, have a great day...

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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Your hub has lots of nuggets to think about. Reading sort of reminded me of thought trailmix, yummy just to jam a fist full in and chew, but also perfectly interesting to enjoy picking out pieces. I think we absolutely do get ideas from reading others. I know I do. Granted I do a lot of satire, so that's kind of a given, but I mean even commercial writing can be inspired some remark or reference (or lack of reference). Great writers are ALWAYS great readers.

As far as the not writing down the idea while you mow or not waking up to write them down, I would say I disagree with you there a little. Carry a little spiral notebook and a pen with you everywhere, or send yourself an email or text from your phone, even make a voice note to yourself. Good ideas are so hard to find, as you describe in your opening, to me it seems a shame to let any go. (I confess to being a total geek like that though, and I have spiral notebooks in my truck, by my bed, in the can, etc., and I have about 75 unopened "IDEA" emails in my inbox, so, I might be a nut job LOL).

As for pissy comments and stuff, writing about them or at them is a lot of fun! It can be either a great debate or like one of those insult fights on the school yard in 7th Grade. Both are WIN! :)

Interesting hub.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Shadesbreath, for your insight, I've starting carring a handheld dictating machine... but with my luck sometimes, I would find the batteries dead!

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Whether this was about motivations for writing or how people justify their actions (or inactions) or parking lot ettiquitte, it is interesting. Glad you stumbled onto my page. It led me to yours.

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Squidmom 6 years ago from Texas

I know what you mean about sometimes not knowing what to write and then something coming to you. I'm always annoyed that ten good ideas will come to me while i'm tending to the kids or housework- just in the middle if something or the computer is off or being used at the time. I can actually have the whole thing written un my head. Sometimes I follow up on these most often I do not- then something silly gets said to me or I see something that gets me riled up and that's what's freshest in my mind and so of course that's what gets written! Oh well - did enjoy your hub though-:)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks fred allen & Squidmom for your visit, your friendship and your comments...

Squidmom, last evening while awaiting sleep to overtake me I had two ideas - got up, went to bathroom and wrote them down so I could start fresh this morning...

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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

This made so much sense to me...I feel like you..also end up writing just one hub a month, but in reality I have so much to say...I find it difficult to mirror my thoughts in writing, so then I leave it...

Ps...do you have some hubs to share on Christian song writing?

Voted up and rated...many blessings to you... :)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Marliza Gunter, for your friendship, your visit and you nice comments; are you a song writer or just looking for hubs on Christian music? I haven't even looked; I use to sing quite a bit and that's an idea for a hub...

thanks for the ratings & blessings to you & yours

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with great thoughts to ponder. There are times that I am wondering what next hub should I write. During those times I ask God for inspiration and direction regarding the next hub I will write about. Truly there are so many ideas running in our mind, but we should concentrated on those that will benefit our readers the most. Blessings to you.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks cristina327, always enjoy your comments...

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mailxpress 6 years ago from New York

Hi Samsons1,

I admire people who can write about daily occurrences that happen throughout their day.

Recently when an idea pops into my head I jot it down. I have a pad next to my computer and when a good idea strikes me I scribble it on the pad. It has helped in a major way. I don't waste time when I sit in front of the computer anymore. When I have the time to write I take a look at the pad and I get to it. I now also scribble ideas on any piece of paper I have when I'm out and about. Once a week I get ready for my week and I organize my purse and I take out those papers and place them next to my computer so when I have the time to write I don't waste time wondering what my next article should be about. I also waitress and sometimes an idea pops into my head out of the blue while I'm working and I scribble it on the back of my pad and when I get home I place that idea onto the pile next to my computer. It's working. I wish I started doing this when I first started writing. It really helps.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks mailxpress for visiting again, and your comments are a lot like mine - I jot down something on the back of an envelope, but then I pay the bill of whatever and discard the envelope without thinking, lol. I do leave a pad and pen on the counter in the bathroom so when I awake with an idea or two, I can jot them down, then go back to sleep knowing I'll see it again in the morning...

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks nightbear, I'm glad too and thanks for the friendship, the visit and the nice comments...

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FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I like what you said they we write to just please ourselves. I would like to believe I'm writing to make a difference but I may never know if this is true. Either way, writing for me is a liberating experience.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks FaithDream for your visit and your gracious comments. I agree, I hope my writings touch others and I also find it liberating. Come again soon...

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Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

This may be an eye-opener to many. For me it is, because I see that I have wasted a good part of my life finding excuses for other people's mistakes and the rude things they did to me, though I have never done such things. Any relationship has to be two-way. Putting the blame to others is quite a common habit. We must develop the habit of pointing it out then and there.

Thanks for a great hub.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks for the follow and the friendship, and also for your kindness in commenting. You are welcome to come and read anytime you have the time.

blessings to you...

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Website Examiner 5 years ago

Seems that you won't run out of topics to write about anytime soon. I agree, there is no defense against people taking what you say the wrong way, or mistakenly thinking that you are writing about them. On the other hand, some writers a foolish to believe that they can easily veil something to make it seem general, when in fact they have a specific person or group in mind. Honesty will always be an integral part of good writing, I believe. Very interesting.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks again Website Examiner for your visit and your comments. I also think 'honesty is the best policy'...

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