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My Answer to the Question, Why Do You Write

Updated on June 6, 2015
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I've written four novels, self-published. I am working on the several more. I am promoting my novels, reviewing others, sharing what I know.

The Author
The Author

Who Am I

I have a number of flip and interesting answers to this question, but since it is my birthday today I decided to sit and write a serious response to the question, “Why do you write?”

Since I am being fairly serious about this I decided to give you a bit of a look into who I am. As I mentioned earlier, today is my birthday. For those in need of statistics, I was born on the third anniversary of the Normandy invasion.

I started out this morning cleaning up the kitchen. I didn't get it totally clean, but I stacked dishes, cleared the counter and dealt with a lot of trash. Mostly I did this to fix my wife's breakfast. Yes, it is my birthday. I fixed her some tea, fried country potatoes, bacon and orange juice. No toast today, we were out of bread.

Why would I spend my morning cleaning up the kitchen and fixing my wife's breakfast? Because in the summer of a number of years ago, she suffered what could have been a fatal heart attack. After a few moments of panic, I called 911, and even though I did not know how to do CPR, a 911 operator worked with me and walked me through keeping my wife alive while I waited for the paramedics. It was the longest ten minutes of my life. At the hospital, they were not overly optimistic about her outcome, but the next morning she was sitting up in ICU and asking “What happened?” It was the most incredible moment of my life when I walked in. Nurses and doctors were amazed she was as alert as she was. She has been recovering ever since, and although she still has Atrial Fibrillation, she is with me every day and it is a delight to make her breakfast every morning.

The Fire of the Imagination
The Fire of the Imagination

A Story Teller From the Past

What does this have to do with why I write. She knew when I was younger, I was a frustrated writer. I chose to work in computers as a programmer analyst and provide a decent living for my family rather than be a frustrated starving writer. So in my thirties until not long ago, I put my passion on hold.

Since I was now her primary caregiver, and semi-retired, she said that I should start to write again. Keep in mind, I had been writing, but it was white papers and documentation on software and hardware. Not a lot of room to use my imagination.

By nature, I am a story teller. My roots are Celtic on both sides of my ancestry, and if I had been born a couple of thousand years ago I would have traveled from village to village and been a teller of stories, a minstrel. I would have built a campfire for the evening and as villagers gathered around I would have related news from other villages and when there was a sufficient crowd I would begin to weave my tales.

From the earliest play that I tried to write. It was a Perry Mason story in elementary school. It was terrible. To my latest book “The Case of the Jade Dragon”, no Perry Mason, Jonas Watcher, I am a teller of tales and writing is how I choose to do so.

Waiting at the Corner
Waiting at the Corner

A Minstrel by Trade

The flip answer, I write because I must, it is who I am.

I wait with my bag of stories to be invited in, that is if you dare.

Gene Poschman


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      Gene Poschman 2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Hi Jodah,

      I have been spending a fair amount of time working on my third Novel and I recalled you comment and I thought I would share something with you. I recently started taking an online class by James Patterson called Writers Masters Class. It cost me $90 USD and I have been taking it for a week. If you are interested in writing novels and if it is affordable for you, you might take a look. I am currently blogging about it on my blog outside HubPages if you want some of my perspective.

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      Gene Poschman 2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Jodah, thank you, and give you wife a hug for me. Keep writing, if you wife is like mine, she is your best critic and biggest fan, and it is worth seeing her light up when you have something for her to read.

      Thelma, thank you very much. I do not Hub often, only when I think I have something worth sharing. My third book and a couple of book signings are occupying my time right now.

      Colin, I know what you mean, but I was on a group at Google when someone posted the question. I had just come from a writers group meeting and I felt it was time. I am glad my image gave you an idea, and I did create it so you are welcome to use it if you want.

      Thank you all for your comments.

      Gene POschman

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Happy Birthday Gene! I've often pondered this question myself, though I don't think I'm ready to share those thoughts on HP. I really like your 'bag of stories' image, though - in fact it gives me an idea for a story. Cheers.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Happy Birthday Gene! Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are a very kind husband. Your wife is so lucky to have you. Continue writing. I would love to read more of your hubs. Have a blessed birthday with your wife.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Gene, thank you for sharing why you write and a little about yourself and wife. I can relate as I am also my wife's chief caregiver and I make her breakfast everyday. Happy birthday by the way. I also only began to write seriously very recently after I was forced to retire to care for my wife. I enjoyed this hub and good luck with your further writing. Voted up.