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The Yen To Write

Updated on December 11, 2015

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.

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"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.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Splendid article, a real pleasure to read, thank you

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub. My only nitpick: don't italicize your text here. It's not needed.

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Eric - "Splendid" and "a real pleasure"! It doesn't get any better than that....unless I hear from the Pullitzer. ; - )

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Kristin - I am sure you are right. I was trying to make it more personal, more like a letter to the reader. I suspect that after the first two paragraphs of surprise at the italics they probably didn't even register as all that different.

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Just my two cents worth. Gotcha.

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      Joan King 16 months ago

      Writing should be a pleasure and while I like to write I never want it to become and addiction

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Joan - How about it becoming "a controlled addiction"? There's some promise in that, you know.

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Joan - After reading your profile message, and seeing that you have over 1,000 published articles and write on a real job, too, I suspect you are already addicted, but just haven't admitted it yet. I hope to see many more by you here on HP.

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Enjoyable article to read Demas, and I agree with your observations. I didn't even notice the hub was written in italics.

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Enjoyable article to read Demas, and I agree with your observations. I didn't even notice the hub was written in italics. I was going to say I don't write every day, but then I realised that I do......even comments on hubs are writing, aren't they?

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Enjoy the Sabbath. "The wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, and what will poor robin do then? He'll rest in the barn, and keep himself warm until Spring comes again." (Something like that.) We are expecting some of our "Greatest Snow On Earth" this weekend, and a dip in temperature to 9 F. I did see a robin sitting atop one of my walnut trees yesterday, but then it was in the high 40's; big change coming.

      I'm always happy to receive your comments, even when they praise one of my Hubs as being enjoyable! ; - )

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Demas, there have been times in the past when I had to forget everything else and write was in my head. I think I have better self-control now, but I can't go for too long without scribbling something. I can relate to much of what you say here.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I can relate to much of what you say, too, Demas. The yen to write is very strong. It demands attention on a daily basis, even if the writing is as short as a paragraph or a few phrases.

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      This has so much truth in it. When we aren't writing, we really ARE reading!

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dora, Alicia, and Deb - You can tell, if you are addicted or not, by taking a weekend off, Perhaps next weekend would be a good one, it being Christmas weekend with all its distractions. If you look longingly at the keyboard, anxious to jot down the cute things the grandkids just did or said, or to see whether one of your hubs is and "Editor's Choice, or Hub Of The Day (do they still have those?), or you just have to write something, any thing at all. Guess what?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 16 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      That is where the dilemma lies. I could write day and night but nothing gets done at home. Now I have a whole house to clean top to bottom but that doesn't stop inspiration and with a head full of thoughts I go back to the PC when I can and often work the night through.

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Rasma - You are addicted, no doubt about it, but talented, so don't turn it off, just branch out from the love poems to more about Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and the differences between them, best spots to visit, concerns of 2016, any ISIS concerns there, Putin's remarks on protecting Russians in The Ukraine, thoughts of the USA as Election 2016's millionaires and billionaire duke it out, etc., etc. Etc.

      Anxious reader here!

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      I feel the same way! Writing is something I must do.

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      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      FlourishAnyway - And you write so well, too! Have a wonderful week, and remember that next Sunday is Valentine's Day. xxOO

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