Why We Write

What makes a writer write? Writing is an expression of the writer's soul. It is who we are. It is what we are about. It is our very being. We write not because of what we are, but because of who we are.

We write about things that matter to us. We write about things that matter to others. We write, whether fiction or non-fiction, to expose our soul - that very deepest part of our being.

We write to connect to those who read us. In turn, our readers feed us; push us harder and stretch us further. As they read, We are in their memory - in their thoughts. We become a part of them. What a privilege!

So the question becomes, what are you writing? What are you sharing? God has given you, through the written word, the ability to affect people's lives for eternity. Are you affecting them positively or negatively?

With every privilege comes responsibility. You, that have been entrusted with the gift of writing, how are you handling your responsibility? Are you writing responsibly with others in mind? Oh yes, bare your soul, but do it in a way that edifies and builds your readers.

So remember, be passionate about what you do. Wear the name Writer proudly. But ultimately write every word for the glory of the Lord. He has entrusted you with the gift. Now you guard it and protect it as you write for HIm.

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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Well done we all write but is a good reminder to write with responsibility and passion... thank you


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Caleb DRC 3 years ago

Many good comments here, Lifegate. One thing you mentioned that I personally relate to very much is how fun it would be to read personal journals or diaries of our parents, grandparents, great grandparents . . . . Really! It would be like going back in time and being there with them. Hardly anyone does that. My parents have told me many stories which I have filed away in my memory, and I cherish, but there is something about reading what someone wrote when it was quiet and tranquil, and they had time to get their thoughts together and described in detail along with the circumstances and environment that far surpasses spoken narration, which is usually interrupted with "pass the potatoes." And the same goes with the reading of such personal content. One wants quiescence when reading content of love , tears, triumph and tragedy--not "well ok, but only under the condition you pass the yams."


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill, This was so interesting. Lovely to hear someone share, why they write. (or think they write)

I don't spend too much time thinking about why I write, except that I feel driven to. There will undoubtedly be bits and pieces of paper with writings on, all over the house for someone to deal with when I am gone! Hope they can make sense of it all!!! It will be mostly my musings about relationship with the Great I AM. God Bless


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Much of what I post is things already written for I had written nothing four years ago and when I started writing it was with a rush and about everything and it was a cleansing feeling. I feel more responsible now about my writing and although I see nothing wrong with sharing hurts and loves, I see an importance to write of now and what God would have me say. I have done a few like "Motherless Child" "Crying in the Chapel" and I know that has a Christian meaning it is still not what I want to do. I do know what you mean and I hope God will lead me to find the right words. Please pray I do because it has been on my mind a lot and I have a few things going but nothing has come together as finished. Thank you. I needed this.


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I really loved this. Writing is indeed a gift in a couple of different ways. It is a gift to be able to skillfully write words and messages in a way that brings insight to our readers. Writing is also a gift to us who are the writers because by using our gift we learn about ourselves, others, life and God, thus we grow. I like that you spoke about responsibility and writing to bring glory to God. A needed reminder for us all who believe.

The gentleman in the video was talking about how his son may one day find something his dad wrote. This has happened to me in a way. Once my mom was going through a deep personal trial. She did not know Christ as Savior but believed in God. I wrote her a letter along with a poem to bring her hope and encouragement that she could trust God through the storm. Over the years I forgot I even wrote it. Many years later she passed away and I was worried sick that I had not explained to her the way of salvation. The day of her death her husband said that she told him I was to get her mother's Bible. I took it and opened it up that night in my motel room. A piece of paper fell out of it and it was the letter i had written years before. In the letter I encouraged her to reach out to God and accept God's gift of forgiveness, grace, and salvation. I couldn't remember hardly writing it, but what a leap of joy my heart did when I read it. Mama may be in heaven.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

FSlovenec,

You're quite welcome. Thanks for making the trip!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Well said Caleb DRC,

Thanks for the input and the expanding of the thought.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Karen,

I have to admit that I usually don't think why I write. I just write, but I do know (and I think it's probably the same with most others) that I write of a compelling need to share my heart. My heart is filled with the God of Heaven so that's usually what I end up writing about. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

This is such a pertinent time for this hub to be written here on hubpages, as I sense we are being driven into formula writing by the powers that be. As long as its long, full of "endless information" and lots of media, we will be ok.

Already there are many people whose writings I had so enjoyed, who are no longer here because of censorship and have taken their talents elsewhere.

We hardly ever hear from teacherjoe anymore and I know Bekah Tyne has gone. I may not be here much longer and there are one or two others already gone and more about to go.

When I am true to God and am writing what the Holy Spirit wishes me to write, I do not feel inclined to have to dress it up with media, masses of pictures, etc etc. Is it ok for the same principles to apply on the pages to do with faith as on cooking? or crafts? or gender relationships. (i.e earthly pursuits)

Just asking questions???? Has anyone any answers?


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for adding so much. From fellow writer to fellow writer, I enjoy your works so much, and look forward to reading you, be it old or new. I'll be waiting for the "few things you have going".


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi LS,

I remember you telling me about that note to your mother before. God is good, even in the unexpected ways. He always honors His Word, whether it be spoken or written. Love the story - thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You know what Karen,

I intentionally added some pictures and videos just to see what would happen. I know this particular hub isn't very long, but I said all I wanted to say. Within minutes I got a notification that this was a sub-standard hub.

I've been told by several to go back and rework some of my older hubs. They will surely be accepted if I add this or that. I did that to one of my less "religious" hubs although there were references to God. I add pictures, videos, etc. - and it still isn't good enough.

I'm fed up, like so many others, but I'm stubborn enough to hold on a little while longer and be a thorn in HP's side. The whole thing really is rediculous. Go or stay - thanks for being a friend!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

The thing is, that many of my hubs that have been featured (most of them up until about a month or so ago) which I have gone and simply changed a bit in the title or whatever, have then come back to me as sub-standard. That is why I think we are being targeted.

I will continue being a friend - we will just connect on tgaf if I go - and I will still come on here to read and comment etc. Biding my time too. I like this community so do not really want to go.

God Bless and we will continue to hold up His standard.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Amen!! Lift the standard high.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

"We are called to write, and I feel we will be held responsible...for the people who are hurting that we could have helped, but didn't, because we didn't write what God laid on our hearts to write."(Harold Juan Smith). Your article reminded me of this quote on my HP Profile page. I think it's another way of saying "Ultimately write every word for the glory of the Lord." Thanks for your wise counsel.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

I love that quote. Thanks for sharing it with us - and I think you summed it up very well. That added so much to the point of the hub!


Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago

Hang on Bill, I have been here almost four years (some under another name) and it is still aggravating and unbelievable. They tell us one thing but then you look at someone who make just does haiki or very few words, maybe no pictures and they are riding over 95, some who don't even show up for weeks, you know their rules mean nothing. I could point those out but it isn't their problem. I decided long ago to not get upset and just use Hp for my own purpose. We know it is just satan anyway, kick him in the teeth.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

I agree with you Jackie. Wise counsel. Only thing is if we do not get to the feature pages, we do not draw anyone new in or get to be read by people who are exploring and seeking by looking on the feature pages. Unless we make a point of sharing others hubs with our own Hub Page Followers.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I always mark up and share. I never thought of possibly putting a link to some in appropriate hubs. Will start on that. Thanks.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I'm hanging on, Jackie. It's just one of those frustrating things. Thanks for the encouragement.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Great advice. Short and sweet.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

PDXKaraokeGuy ,

Thanks for stopping by!


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

LG,

Your message is short, simple, but straight to the point and with great impact.

Although, I do not consider myself the best of the bunch, I do write from the heart with all the transparency the Lord allows me. Mainly I do it because I want to glorify my God, to bring hope to those who are going through similar circumstances, and to occasionally add a little laughter to mundane things.

Hubpages was my outlet, an avenue to express myself… until recently. It's placed too many demands on its writers and reduced the availability of our hubs to a fraction of what they were, so I struggle with the decision to stay and continue. I do continue to journal on a personal level, allowing me to express myself freely without all the restrictions and demands that take the joy and originality out of writing. Maybe I should consider blogging instead. Either way, I want to say thank you for encouraging us to continue.

God bless!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi FD,

I've been missing you so it's good to hear from you. Yes, I know what you mean about all the restrictions. Although I want my articles to be read, like I said, I write because I write. If no one reads them, I did my part. I use other sites as well, and I must say none of them have the restrictions HP has put in place. Anyway, thanks for the visit and stay in touch.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hello Bill, Glad to hear you say that you do write on other sites as well and that they do NOT have the restrictions that HP has put in place.

We write because we write and we, many of us, write because the Holy Spirit prompts us to do so.

You said "If no one reads them, I did my part" - that is the whole point Bill, if HP refuses to feature many of our hubs or put them on search engines, then others, outside of our group of followers here, cannot get the opportunity to read the hubs we put up.

Wherever or whatever choice I end up making, these 6 months on hub pages have been such an eye opener for me, meeting brothers and sisters from around the world who are so committed in their walk with the Lord and having shared together and glorified his Holy name in our writings. I praise God for allowing me to have had this experience. God Bless


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Karen,

I guess I leave the results in the Lord's hands as you do. If it's not featured, there's a reason God doesn't want it to be because if He wanted it to be, it would be. HP may think they can control what goes in and out, but if they only knew that God was in control . . . .

There are some options out there for sure. Maybe it's just a matter of separating the HubPages wheat from the HubPages tares. You'll know what to do and when to do it.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

So true. Writing and sharing those words with the world does mean you have to consider other people's feelings and thoughts. Interesting article.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Anna,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate the visit!


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Hello lifegate.

Within these three words, ' Why We Write' a spiritual attraction lead me to read your timely article. You have all important points , pieces of a puzzle to complete in my pre-publishing needed information. Additionally, a discussion via commenting complimented to your " short " article which actually isn't short at all, and the ONE who gave you the words has foreseen a continuation of your hub. You will find that after all these long months of my presence on HP sole my participation is in commenting. There is more of subjective as well some objective justification to it. My niche is strictly the spiritual matter based upon the eternal truth. Additionally, in comments someone has mentioned certain restrictions as well the biblical themes aren't prioritized. Besides, since this HP and other sites of communications are absolutely new to me, it takes time to get me to know rest of mechanics for publishing an article. You do understand very well the Spirit's empowering what to write, thus you will accept my explanation that the same is with me: when I hear, obediently do write or act to His will not willing to compromise. In my opinion the HP editors ought to be this much knowledgable (flexible ?) that without input of the God's business whole program would suffer tremendous loss, for the simple reason, that the Creator of the universe has everything under control, and they are prosperous because of the faithful ones,that's how God's economy works.

Voted up and interesting .

Pax vobiscum.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hello Michael,

It's good to hear from you, and thank you for adding to the conversation. You make so many good points for us all to consider and I hope that we do. You're right about the way God's economy works. But just how flexible HP editors are, I'm not sure. Although I continue to write here, I'm well aware of the many stipulations HP requires. Such as it is, in many ways, I think it's helped my writing although I don't agree with the HP Philosophy. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

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