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Number 1 Reason for Writing!

Updated on September 22, 2013

People love to read.

There have been books going back to ancient times. Not just books in print, but books on tape for the blind and now on book readers for those who want to take their reading to a technical level. Libraries, book stores, and internet retailers all speak to the volumes of books that are sold every moment!

It should be of no surprise then that the secret ingredient to writing is what people are reading!

Thought to ponder: Shakespeare was a respected writer in his day, but his reputation did not rise until the 19th century.

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Why do people read?

People read for all different reasons. Here are some general reasons why:

  • People love to learn information.
  • Reading opens a variety of emotional experiences that the person can relate to.
  • It's hard to stop reading an interesting book that appeals to the reader.
  • Reading provides an activity.
  • Some books are fascinating and contain facts that the reader uses as education.
  • Books can be useful for a person traveling to unknown territory.
  • Writers have personal knowledge or experience which the reader enjoys and finds comforting to their own life situations.

Types of Books
This is not a conclusive list of types of books.

What do readers use most when indulging in a good book?

Did you ever curl up with a good book and get lost in it for hours? Reading every word like it was going to wash away from the page until you are forced to pay attention to something else?

Why do people read books when they can watch a movie?

What is so special about a book? Why do people get caught up and use their time reading a book that takes three days when a movie takes two hours of their time?

People like to use their imagination. Imagination is powerful.

Think about how words on a page create a visual perspective for you when you are caught up reading for several hours in a row and continue for days until the book is finished!

How do emotions evolve through reading?

When a person picks up a book, within moments of reading in to page one, they can pretty much tell whether or not the book is for them.

Have you ever watched an action-packed movie and from the first minute after the credits roll, the first scene jumps right into a train wreck, massive destruction, or a really entertaining exchange with the actors that makes you stay put for wanting more?

Books are similar to those who love to read.

Reading brings out emotions in us that are similar to the words that author uses to get their points across.

In all actuality, writers are brilliant marketers. They must be in order to sell their books or keep new interest.


There are far more pros than cons when considering or pursuing a chance at writing. Whether you are starting a book or writing on blogs.

The pros and cons of writing.


  • Therapeutic.
  • Takes your mind off of reality and engulfs you in imagination and determination.
  • Brings a sense of accomplishment.
  • Helps find inner solutions to matters that can only be solved by writing through them.
  • Supplemental or sustained income.
  • Achievement.
  • To reach a goal.


  • Lack of time.
  • Maintenance of existing writings.
  • Copyright thieves.
  • Disappointment in ratings.
  • Conflict with those that have a different opinion.

Why is writing therapeutic?

While carpal tunnel can be attributed to typists in some situations, writing is very therapeutic.

It cleanses our inner thoughts and exchanges emotions as we dazzle the screen in front of us with memories jarred from our lifetime.

While many writers only pursue fact-based articles, even in doing so, they must discover something about their own self which fulfills them and provokes them to write more.

Writing accomplishments.

While we all don't write for the New York Times or win a Pulitzer, writing comes with its own accomplishments that can only be rewarded to the writer.

For one, writers feel a sense of pride when writing. They are creating something from nothing. Starting from scratch on a blank piece of paper or a computer screen, the dialog is endless.

There they have a chance to express themselves and allow readers to enjoy every well written word which will hopefully inspire the next person to write. And from there, the flow of writing continues.

While we don't all have what it takes to stand on stage and recite an acceptance speech for best in writing, we all have within us the desire to communicate with people that we have never met, who we will most likely never meet, just writing from the center of our thoughts to allow others to connect the dots.

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Did you know that until 1950, paperback books consisted entirely of reprints?

Golden Medal Books was the first paperback book publisher to publish original works.

What's the point in writing if....

Lately there has been a lot of talk about internet thieves stealing most-visited articles. They seek to gain the reward of others by copying, pasting and calling it their own on another venue.

Such incident happened to me personally this week as well as a lot of other writers on the internet.

I don't think I will ever understand a person that seeks to steal from another in order to accomplish gain for their own self. After all, it is has been publicly declared for months that revenue is down on many sites. The venue where this particular thief plagiarized my article doesn't even allow any kind of revenue sharing.

What exactly is the point in someone stealing another's article and posting it somewhere else on the internet, especially if it has been positively confirmed that there is no financial gain from doing so?

Years ago I learned a valuable life lesson.

Of course it was instilled in me since childhood that quitting is never an option.

But having said that, a lesson was instilled in me by strangers online who I had never met, but could only hope to become like one day.

The people I speak of were writing for blogs. They weren't doing it for financial gain at first, until there was a contest. Once the contest came to the forefront of the website, all of the people I had once enjoyed calling friends were now using harsh tactics against one another to get ahead in their own achievement.

Like a thief stealing content from an article that has been recognized for accuracy and popularity, the people who wrote simply to win a contest had much in common.

They lost the focus of what writing is truly about.

Is writing simply all about the money?

I honestly don't believe so. There are two people in my own life who wrote and published books who barely broke even. They didn't gain monetary value for publishing several hundred page books that took several years and cost them thousands to have printed.

They published books to leave a legacy for people after them. They wanted others to learn about their experiences and life. Why? Because they had something to share. They had something of interest to those who read their novels. They were purely interested in allowing readers to digest their creativity in ways not possible through other methods.

Whether or not someone steals your articles from an online venue that you write, you still wrote them. You are entitled to all of the credit. When the thief becomes bored with what they stole, they will either take the stolen words off of their own screen or become banned by all of the complaints filed against them.

Do not worry about which you cannot control. Only worry about your reaction to it.

What is the number 1 reason for writing?

The truthful number one reason for writing is for the readers.

I can give you countless examples of how someone was touched by something written.

Emotions speak to readers loud and clear through words of experience.

Readers search for knowledge based on experience from others.

They want to hear something real, thought-provoking, encouraging and inspiring!

In Journalism, sometimes the most important answers are the ones you don't ask. For this reason, in writing, some of the most important questions are the ones you answer with silence.

Written word is powerful.


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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments Flourish. I got an early start at college. I was chosen to go to Connecticut College before I was in high school to spend a summer in creative writing/journalism. It was an amazing experience for me. I never really pursued writing though although I've always had a vivid imagination. I came to HP because I finally had gotten over some illnesses and my son was doing well enough in school where I could focus on some writing from home. I've learned a lot from other writers here.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Crafty - I don't know how I missed this the first time around, but I missed a good one then and am so happy to have read it now. Great hub with some excellent advice and observations. Judging by some of the wisdom you impart, you are an old soul wise beyond your years. Writing is a passion for me. Having had to take useful detours over the years in order to pursue other passions and lines of work, it's hard to get enough of writing these days. I feel like I am making up for lost time.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hello Mahfoudh! Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.

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      Mahfoudh Muhammed Bouboutt 4 years ago from Nouakchott

      Amazing Hub. I liked the way you described how emotions derive when reading the first page of a book, I can really relate to that. You used a great example as well.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Fossillady! Thank you so much for your comments. Another Hubber found my Hub somewhere and emailed me. I thought that was so nice. It really felt awful too because around the same time a bunch of people with 0 Hubs followed me, and then unfollowed me shortly after. It made me suspicious.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      What's really helpful about his hub is that it snaps us writers back to our original reasons for picking up the pen and that feels good! Sorry to hear you were plagiarized . . . how did you find out about it? It must have felt like you were so invaded.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful answer Diana Lee! I also think that HP is very friendly.

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I enjoy writing. I only wish I had more time to pursue it. I started writing hubs mostly for the practice when I joined a couple years ago. I was close to completing an online writing course and I was looking for a place to post my efforts where I would be read and possibly liked. This is a very friendly site for anyone, especially new writers. I like to write fiction as well as research articles, but the story waiting to get out of me is truly my own. True happenings are the most interesting to read and I hope my life drama will interest someone if no more than my own descendants. Voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Sharkye! Thank you so much!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Fantastic hub that captures a difficult concept. Why do we read and write? You have summed it up beautifully! Voting up, up and away!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you jeugenejohn! Nice to see you.

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      jeugenejohn 4 years ago from Kerala

      Excellent hub indeed

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I've read a few of your poems, and I can't wait to read more Laurie! I think you are great at it already. You write from the heart!

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Thank you for your comments on my hub.

      This is an interesting, informative hub as it helps with tips for my poems.

      Thank you


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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Paul! I truly appreciate your great words of wisdom!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an awesome hub which I enjoyed reading from start to finish. I started reading and writing in earnest ever since I retired from government work more than six years ago. I am writing because I have knowledge and experiences to share and because I hope to leave some sort of legacy with my writing whatever it turns out to be. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Wetnose! I enjoy conversing with you! :D

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama


      Quite a superb hub here. I really enjoyed this. You always do a great job.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you StoneCircle! I truly appreciate your comments.

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      Susan McLeish 4 years ago from Rindge, NH

      Now I have the right words to say to people about why I began writing again. For some reason the time never seemed to be right, I would do it tomorrow or some other excuse for not putting down on paper anything. Thanks for the great read and nice hub.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Ben! Thank you for your lovely comments. I do enjoy reading your Hubs as well because I learn so much for your writing. I'm not a techy person at all, so it's within reading from you that I learn.

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      Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

      Hi CraftytotheCore. This is inspiring. Voted up and beautiful. It is good to know there are many people out there like you who do articles for the readers and not the money. I also feel great empowering other people by giving them information that is useful to them in one way or the other. My advise to all who want to be writers, do it for the passion to inform your readers and the rest will follow.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      So true Brave! Writing is an art form. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Writing is therapeutic, joyful, rewarding and brings a sense of pride to the composer of words. I have so many people tell me they would never be able to write and to write every day, no less. Writers are a special breed. I guess we fall into the category of the arts. Writing allows creative freedom of expression. And that's what I love most about this craft.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi DDE! I also prefer to write in the morning as well. I usually go out walking so my head is clear and refreshed before I sit down to write.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Mhatter! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy writing and prefer to write in the morning reading motivates ones thoughts. An excellent hub on the number one reason for writing. Well pointed out and most informative.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Really! I write because it is all my handicap will permit me to do

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy! I think that comes quite naturally to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've said from the very beginning that I want to be a writer who stuns readers....writing is such a powerful tool if used correctly. I adore writing.

      Well done my friend.


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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      What splendid memories Time2rite! My favorite times were in my rocking chair reading Nancy Drew Mysteries when I was a young girl. My grandmother told me that when I was a baby, I could read advertisements in grocery stores from seeing so many commercials on television. Thank you so much for commenting here !

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      time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      I have both loved writing and reading since I was a toddler, CraftytotheCore. I began reading from the labels on jars, cartons and such when I was 3. My mom would use flashcards, and she and dad would help me spell what I was seeing because I would constantly point to labels and ask, "What does this say?" One such instance was a clear, plastic jug full of a white liquid, that to this day I visualize as "m-i-l-k"! My next label was the longest word I learned, "m-a-y-o-n-n-a-i-s-e". I was very inquisitive and have loved both writing and reading since that time. It was never forced upon me but rather encouraged as I saw both my mom and grandmother reading books. I could sit for hours turning the pages to nursery rhymes and fairy tales long after being read to; my imagination running rampant! I thank you for your hub as it brought back fond memories as to why I have pursued writing and voraciously consumed books my entire life...

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Minnetonka! I took some Journalism in College, but became a researcher later on. I know what you mean that it brings you joy.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I really enjoyed this hub and it really hit home with me. I started writing again after many years of leaving the journal behind. I missed it so much but life seemed to get in the way. My sister talked me into writing a blog and that was all it took to get me back in the saddle. For me, writing is healing, it brings me joy and relaxation.It is a passion that has served me well for years. I also hope to help and educate others through my writing. The little earned income is just a bonus to me. Thanks for a very thought provoking hub. Voted up ++++