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Why do we Write? Let me Tell You

Updated on June 1, 2014

Learning Facts

Why do we write? Most of us write to express our very being and the concerns we associate with everyday life. Your concerns to share with others can overwhelm you as you do your research. We visit websites. We stroll through libraries or book stores. We leaf through magazines. We search for things we can believe to be true. We thrive to get to the bottom of news stories hoping for the answers not tackled by others. Some answers may be found by interviews. Either by recording or taking notes from interviews already conducted on television, radio, newspapers and magazines or by interviewing our own sources we can find quotes to be an accurate approach to digging up true stories. We should pay close attention however to how our source got their information. We should always let our reader know where information originates from when writing non-fiction.


Why do we write? The written word has always been a great way to correspond with people we don’t see often. Letters travel the world from both private and business addresses. From the first delivery of the pony express to the modern day fax, text messages and internet, we use the written word as much now for communication than ever before. Our elderly especially enjoy getting a personal letter from friends and family. The majority of them have not salt care free communication of today’s technology. They still rely on their letter carrier. Concerns about our postal service going broke or doing away with daily deliveries would bring great misery to people depending on it. A letter with a personal touch brings more meaning to those seeking something they can actually hold in their hands, rather than a note easily erased on a computer. For those with a hearing impairment, letters are welcome more often than a phone call. Greeting card companies flourish because of these reasons. What would our holidays be without them? Enclosing a personal letter inside any greeting card will bring a special touch to the celebration.



Why do we write? The world of entertainment would be pretty dull without a good fiction writer. We need good stories of fantasy. Far-fetched tales to excite our inter minds are not only enjoyed by children, but adults like them as well. Taking ourselves to another world or another time can free us from everyday stress associated with reality. Books written with a touch of real life happenings extorting real life dramas with real life solutions can take us away from our own problems if only for a short time. For those not willing to read the stories, they can find radio, television, theater, and movies to have the same effect. Whatever the entertainment form you seek, it will come from a writer.

Songs, Poems and Jingles

Why do we write? Songs, poems, and jingles all started with a writer’s hand. Beautiful expressions lose us in a special arrangement as we listen to an artist at work. Music or rhyme created to make us think will help us through any day needing a boost of excitement or an encouraging word. Lyrics are not much more than a poem or thought meant to be accompanied by music. Music lyrics are often in demand for musicians who are not as gifted with words as they are with melodies. This is where a writer not so musically inclined can write a song. But music and rhyme are not just for songs and poetry. Commercials use jingles to lure in costumers by embedding these catchy little tunes into their heads. Short verses with powerful messages attract the unexpected buyer.

Important Things to Remember

Why do we write? We write to remember. We write so others can remember. Daily journals, bookkeeping, minutes of a meeting, and documents are written to record nearly everything known to man. History is in the making as we speak. Most likely someone is writing it down. After all much of our family’s history depends on documentation. History often repeats itself over and over. Our own written documents are fine examples. One small misguided bit of information could destroy any efforts of truth in recording facts. Be careful especially where names, places and dates are concerned. These are important.


The Simple Pleasure of Writing

Why do we write? Some of us write for the simple pleasure of writing. It’s fun. It’s a way to pass the time doing something we enjoy doing, just like any other hobby. Creativity is an art form. Some of us have talent, but some of us are still working on that talent. Whatever kind of hobby we pursue is apt to be perfected if we practice our craft as often as possible. We can’t all be born with the same gifts. Writing is learned at an early age, but creative writing is something improved on over time. We can still learn to write well at any age.

The pleasure in reading only enhances the pleasure of writing. To prevent writing from becoming another lost art form, we should encourage our kids to read. They could become our best audience and/or another writer in the making. This article is based totally on my own thoughts and recollections. Perhaps encouraging the next generation to read and write is as simple as having good reasons to do it.

Me and the duke at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival.
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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Me, too, daisydayz. I love Hubpages. I haven't mastered how to make money at it yet, but that wasn't my reason for joining. It's a great way to practice writing and actually have someone read it. I'm here for the audience.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Interesting hub and very true, we all have our own unique reasons! I would go mad if I wasnt able to write, finding hubpages is one of the best things that has happened to me!

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Hyphenbird. I often change my reasons for writing, but I always try to write about something.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is interesting to note why people write. we all have our reasons I suppose and those change based on the subject we are writing about. I remember that Jesus was a writer (7:53--8:11) so we are following a great example. Thanks for a lovely writer's devotional Diana.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Changing the angle of any story can spark interest even if it has been written about a thousand times over. Thanks for stopping by, starstream, I welcome your comment.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      Sometimes I hear of an interesting news story and just enjoy sharing it with others submitting my own viewpoint about the discovery or information.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Me, too. I do it because I enjoy it. Enough practice may help me actually be good at it someday.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Of course I write for all of those reasons, but mostly the top of that list is purely the pleasure of writing! :)