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Writers Have to Write. Right?

Updated on January 20, 2017
Writings Wanted Each and Every Day
Writings Wanted Each and Every Day | Source

Why do I Write?

My stock answer to that is often the glib reply “Because they pay me to. . “

What a weird joke ! I love playing with dogs, and they would pay me for that too, so why do I spend time writing? I could take a dog for a walk along the magnificent Pippi Beach. I would enjoy it. The dog will too, and the dog’s Humum [male or female] will also love it. What's more, I will definitely make more money than sitting at a keyboard thumping out words. . . .

The Writer's Companion - The Notebook.
The Writer's Companion - The Notebook.

A writer reads. It is often the love of reading that leads one to write. For me it started in admiring the writing of great authors, the way the words are crafted to create an image in my mind. Some writers can captivate me to a point where nothing else around me exists except what I am reading. Some people are like that when watching a movie, I am told. The writer who can lead me to see his view as clearly as if it were on screen, becomes my idol, my teacher, and at times, my friend.

Graffiti Also Express Emotions.
Graffiti Also Express Emotions. | Source

Art or Craft?

Then came the realization that each author had a style, a way of expressing what was inside the head. Some ooze eloquence, and I marvel at their mastery over words. Some excel in saying much in very few, judiciously placed words. It is a skill the way they craft the words, but they also have the imagination of an artisan.

Most of my favorite authors have the ability to evoke imagery in my head, to engage me in the subject matter and even to elicit much thought about a conundrum they introduce. They can easily encourage me to follow the links [or references] that they include, to find out more about it.

Can I Do It?

When I started writing, it seemed like a natural progression. I did not dream of publishing then. The internet has done much for us who like to read or write and I later realized that writing eased my tension by allowing me to release what is inside. It is this catharsis that prompts the impulse that keeps me tapping away at the keyboard

I write because I love to read, and I need to pass on some of the wealth of information that I have gleaned through poring over books, pamphlets and screens .

It gives me joy when someone else reads it and writes back. Do you feel like that too?

The Writer
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Famous Authors

When James Boswell wrote the The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) ,he says that 'Johnson uniformly held to that strange opinion, which his indolent disposition made him utter: 'No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.'"

In his book William Safire On Language. (Times Books, 1980) William Safire said - “I write because I enjoy expressing myself, and writing forces me to think more coherently than I do when just shooting off my mouth.”

My friend Meg says : Why do I write?" To release all my emotions and share them. It's a need. It's a sweet addiction to the written word."

This really struck a chord with me. Oh Meg, I understand that need very well. We must be identical twins, you and I. I subscribe to that opinion too. Long ago I used to write long letters to friends and family. I guess that was because writing - rather than talking - gave me time to gather my thoughts, and set them coherently. I doubt that I need to say, that I am not a very good talker! I tend to trip myself up.

Write for Papers, Computers, Mobiles.
Write for Papers, Computers, Mobiles. | Source

Writing for Newspapers, Computers, Mobiles.

Thumping out words on a keyboard is fine. They tumble out as if my brain is on fire. . .

But what about the rest of the stuff that one has to learn to send the writing to a good publisher? On this site alone there are are Google Analytics, Views, Impressions, Ad Sense. Amazon, eBay. . . .each one has a slightly different protocol, requiring that I learn new words, new jargon, new systems. These things are the thorns of the proverbial rose.

I have never written a whole book. That would give me scope to describe personalities I like; and those that I do not like can be woven into the story as the anti-heroes! Ha!Ha!! That would release the frustrations I get with some people that rub me the wrong way.

It would allow me to add in episodes from my own life, and maybe tweak them somewhat to have them sound more interesting than they originally were. I have done that in some short stories I wrote. It is great fun, to play around with creating what you want.

One has to be very well organized, disciplined and be addicted to excellence if one is to get a publisher to look at a new book.

I am not writing a book, but writing Articles. This too requires a yen to excel, and despite having experience and knowledge about some topics that I write about, I still need to do extensive research and document what I intend to use from it.

The beauty of writing articles is that one can write just about anything and everything that one is conversant with. Ideas are all around us, and someone, somewhere is going to want to know about it, if I write about it in an interesting way!

Re-writes Galore.
Re-writes Galore. | Source

The "How" of it All.

I write furiously for a while, then I start reading back what I have on paper. I add some more, then I rearrange sentences, transpose paragraphs, add bits and delete others.

After that I cast a critical eye on the length of the article, the grammar, punctuation and syntax.

Next in line are the photos, pictures and info-graphics to illustrate what I am saying, and to give the reader a break from the hundreds of letters on a page.

You are probably aware that there are hundreds and thousands of images on the net, sitting there, just for the taking. But as creative artists ourselves, we are very much aware of respecting others’ Intellectual Property Rights for Digital content. That is the norm for us writers of quality articles.

The difficulty is in the search for the owner of the image, and to identify the correct license attached to it. Fortunately, we do have some help in that department. I can right click an image and ask Google to find the image for me. It often shows me the same picture in different settings. Sometimes it leads to the information I require, but not always. So back I go, to digging my way to the original source.

I also use TinEye sometimes comes out with statements like “Searched over 7.144 billion images in 0.433 seconds”. Of course I have no way of contesting that. However, it often leads me to the original source, and that then to the license information I need.

First steps of the first born.
First steps of the first born. | Source

Let It Go.

Eventually I come to a point where I feel it is time to let HubPages publish it for me. Oh joy. . my first bub out on its own two shaky little legs, out in the big wide world of writers.

Do you remember how you felt when your child went to school for the first time? This to me, feels the same. My new article personifies a bub going to Kindergarten!

I set up a vigil. How long will it take HubPages to tell me whether it makes the grade? The Hub Score and the legend “Featured” are what I am looking for. That is the first bar and I breathe a sigh of relief if that is all good.

Then come the views as they appear in the daily statistics. Within the first few hours I might get something like 5 views. Now this is before my toddler article has taken any steps. So who has ticked the right boxes for my article to get those few points? It’s a mystery to me. Would you know ? Nobody has yet offered me an explanation.

Any time I dare, I go to check the views. Maybe the clock has turned half a turn, and given me a few more views?

They tell me this is quite unusual; but just after I let my toddler Article out on its own, it happened to me. All clocks stopped! My! my!! What was I to do? My little Article was out there, all on its own, and I had no idea how it was doing or whether it had met some gruesome end! No statistics to tell me how it is faring!

The vigil continued with vigor. Anytime between 6 am or 11 pm it was deemed kosher, and any time between 11 pm and 6 am that my eyes were open enough, I could not help but sneak to the computer and have a quick peek at the statistics.

The clocks sat still for a lifetime, or so it seemed to me. So what was I to do? I sought solace in the forum. I received much sympathy and support. I met some lovely people. I got caught up in the intriguing topics which sprang up. I forgot about the clocks. Next time I looked, the clocks were running, and the views were jumping! My toddler was growing fast. Soon it will make it under its own steam!

That is all good, because I am too busy to worry about my first born now. I have others to worry about and with another one on the way . . . . . . Soon, I shall have to prepare this one to take the first few steps out there.

Now There Are Two.

  Holding Hands with Big Brother.
Holding Hands with Big Brother. | Source

How do You Handle It?

I have been writing for a long time, but most of it stayed in my head, other bits were handwritten and put away never to see the light of day again.

This is the first time that I have finally put my writing “out there” to fend for itself.

I have a small brood of them published, but I still bite my nails as I wait for the “verdict’ from my own organization, my fellow writers and our readers.

Tell me, how long does it take to get over those feelings of protective concern?

Do let me know your thoughts on this please, and thank you for reading it.

© 2014 Marie L B


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    • MarieLB profile image

      Marie L B 18 months ago from Yamba

      Nothing we do is for everyone DDE, but it can be everything for those who love to write.

      Thank you for reading and leaving your thoughts about the article.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing is not for everyone. I like the way you put it all together.

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      Marie L B 20 months ago from Yamba

      Aha Todd,

      I have a great solution for you. Find yourself a farm, offer to work 2 hours a day for free board, and spend the rest enjoying the beauty of it all - AND writing. What could be more perfect?

      Join Hubpages and discover the 'aids' to writing and publishing, then become one of us.

      You'll love it here too.

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      Todd 20 months ago

      This is more in my line. I write, just because I love to. I know how you feel. Never yet even tried to publish any. Maybe I shall try. Hubpages?

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      Marie L B 22 months ago from Yamba

      Hi sujaya venkatesh , thank you for reading and for leaving your comments. I hope you meant that the article shows the creativity of writers!

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      sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

      how creative can a person be

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      Marie L B 23 months ago from Yamba

      How delightful to hear from someone who is so successful from writing here, pstraubie48, thank you! Aha. . .we all dream of getting to where you are, but it takes times for some of us. Even the ones who do not write for money, we still want the recognition, still love to know someone, somewhere is reading our work! I have been to your site briefly, and the first thing that stuck my eye is your Spinach & Artichoke dip. My daughter is on a very restrictive diet, but she can eat all the ingredients you mentioned there, including the potatoes.

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      You know, I write or rather the story writes itself I am the vessel that gets it down.

      I admit that at first I did have concerns about what 'others' would think; about their reaction to it and so on.But now I compose and edit and reedit and still miss errors and publish.

      And if it strikes a chord with someone they will read and enjoy...if not, they won't. i do not write for the money as I do not have the time to work at it enough to do so...I write because often it is cathartic for me...and I write on HubPages because I have found so many truly amazing souls who care and with whom I can share and hopefully lift up too..

      Hoping all goes well in your endeavors. Angels are headed your way this morning ps shared

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      Marie L B 24 months ago from Yamba

      Thank you V.M. Praise from you is very valuable to me indeed. After all, the main payoff for me is the approval of my colleagues.

      Most of the content here came from the heart, rather than research.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

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      Venkatachari M 24 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great article. You are smart at this topic. Dealt it very cleverly and stylishly with appealing phrases and images. I appreciate you very much.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Ted Hewitt,

      Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I am glad that you found the article interesting for you and I hope that it will motivate you to keep moving forward. Have a look at this site - Hub Pages. You may like to try your luck with us.

      There are many tools on the net - many are free - that will help you with editing your writings for grammar, sentence syntax, etc. .. . .

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      Ted Hewitt 2 years ago

      How I loved reading your article. I could connect with so much you wrote, except for one thing. I have not dared give my writings the light of day yet. Maybe, when I get better . . ..

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      kbdressman - Hi! Thank you for reading my article, and for your pleasant comments.

      I guess this is how we writers get to know each other, and in fact, I have just been to your site. I intend to come back to it to do more reading there; I bet I will find much to interest me.

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      kbdressman 2 years ago from Harlem, New York

      I connect with this post on several of your ideas! My favorite is your idea that many good writers love reading. Oh, how true that is. I also find writing therapeutic. Funny how such a seemingly simple question can have such a complex answer!

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      #amazmerizing . Thank you for your kind words, and yes, I do agree. I think many of us do it as a means of self-expression. Some people talk, some write! I found much of interest on your site as well. This is a great group!

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      #Mel Carriere. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. The camaraderie in this place is what feeds the spirit.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Nice article. It resonates as a fellow writer. My words need an outlet as well, and writing is it. They say its that creative streak, that needs it! I tend to agree. I like your hub a lot. it has lots of info and even some new things for me, also a long-time scribbler. Kudos! ;)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      It seems like you have a lot of spirit and a lot of imagination. Just write whatever flows from your soul and put it out there. Smart people will get it, the drones won't, but that's the way the world works. Great hub!

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hello Tracy Ann. Thanks for your comments, and I hope you will get to do writing. I think writers just have to write to be fulfilled and happy.

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      Tracy Ann 2 years ago

      Hi there. Good article. Am thinking of doing the same, writing I mean, so it is good to know a few things. Will have to find out more about Tin Eye and that sort of stuff. Thanks

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Thank you Jake for reading the article, and for your comments. I still feel "new" so I am not at the point where it becomes just a 'task'. Maybe it never will, and in a way that will keep a writer 'fresh'.

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      Jake 2 years ago

      I too have started writing, but for the local rag. And I know how you feel. Will it ever change, I wonder? Thanks for telling it how it is.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      T.C. Writing is something we do because it feels good. I bet many of us also hope to make money, at least enough to justify the time spent on it. Many have assured us that IN TIME the money will come. To be honest, I have not seen any yet, but I am hoping for better times ahead!LOL!!

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      T.C. 2 years ago

      So do you reckon you can make good money by writing? Sorta is the whole game, no? Still, I guess writing good stuff is good.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi Frank,

      I am far from being expert in this field, but I am happy to share what I know about writing.

      Read, read and read.

      Once you decide what is going to be the topic to write about, read some more.

      Then search Google for things like "Writing for profit" which will turn up a number of sites with precious information on HOW to write, where to find the software you need etc. . .

      When you feel like your head is so full it will burst, then it is time to release the tension by pouring out some of what you want to talk about - or simply write about your first foray in writing.

      You will find a number of interesting articles by published authors here on HubPages. What better teachers but the ones who have been there, done that?

      When you get to Hubpages, put TOPICS in the searchbox and follow the prompts.

      Good luck Frank. We may meet again on HubPages.

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      Frank 2 years ago

      Hi there, I have never tried it, but maybe I could, Can you advise me how to go about it, at least in the beginning g?

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi Deane. Thank you for writing. It is such a joy to read your comment here and good to know that it may encourage you to go further. Go on. . .give it a go.

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      Deane 2 years ago

      I liked what you say. I have always wanted to write too. The way you say it is like I think I would feel if I had to publish something I wrote. I guess the start is never easy, but I liked how you say this. Thanks- Deane

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Sounds like you too "have to write". Thank you for the compliment T.C.

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      T.C. 2 years ago

      Hit the nail on the head here, great. Marielb. Like it.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi Lionrhod. Your writing speaks for you. The words flow and sound poetic despite the prose style. You sound like a person [I don't yet know whether male or female, but does it matter?] who has a fertile and creative imagination.

      I would love to be like that, however, at present I am simply learning. This is my first foray into writing articles.

      Thank you for sharing your views with us, and glad you stopped by.

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      Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good article!. I write because I love words, because characters and ideas burn a fire in me. Because I want to explore my self and the characters and ideas that visit me, and give me a faint whisper of who they might be. I write because it's one of the best highs I've ever had that perfect moment where the words pour through me rather than from me.

      And in the case of nonfiction I write because I want to teach, and share the great lessons that were gifted to me.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hopefully we will 'grow' together. I am still stumbling in a fog at times! :)

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      L.A. DiNardi 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      The feeling is mutual Marie! Thank you for the support!

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Hi LADiNardi, there is this about this place - HubPages. The caramaderie is thick and soft. You are obviously younger than I am, and a few years back I told my ex-boss. Whatever I do from now on will be what I WANT to do. This is it, for you, for me, and many others, no doubt. Strange how similar our lives are, even though so far apart in physical terms. I will be reading your second article after this, and my guess is that it is going to resonate with me keenly. Thanks for stopping by.

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      L.A. DiNardi 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      This is great Marie! I love your style. Truly made me think about why I am doing what I do. For me? I've always wanted to pursue a writing career. This is my first go at it, and I am that toddler you pictured taking my first few shaky steps! I am hoping to earn a little extra money doing something I love. You know what they say, if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. I am hoping to eventually make enough money to leave my second job, and be able to focus on my creative side. Painting and writing. For now, my full time job pays the mortgage, and I manage my time well enough to write, work, and spend time with my son and beloved. What else could anyone ask for?

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