Why Do You Write?
I'm interested in the answers I might hear to this question. I write because sometimes something wells up inside of me, wanting out, wanting a voice, wanting acknowledgement, and writing is one of the ways I've found to let it out.
Because I'm a middle aged geek who has daydreamed since he was a kid about being an internationally respected movie and music critic, and this is about as close as I'm ever gonna get.
It just seems to be that there is more than one 'being " inside the writer . Hell a carpenter -poet , short story writer ? An emoting scribe otherwise made of stone ?.....Why indeed !
I write for a variety of reasons. Mostly I write because I love to, because it is the easiest form of expression for me. It helps me define myself and the world around me. I write, therefore I am!
"Because I'm a middle aged geek who has daydreamed", I'd like to begin by copying FatFreddysCat's beginning of a reply, since I too have day dreamed for so long of becoming a renowned writer but "this is as close as I'm ever gonna get"!!!!!
And I agree with your well written statement 'something wells up inside' and it wants to be seen and read; especially those conflicting thoughts that won't let you sleep.
It bugs me when I don't write.
Then again, it bugs my family when I DO write, because I get a bit wacky.
So... Not sure if I prefer happy calm family regular life or the other.
And when I write and it is really flowing--- yes, that is the reason why.
Don't really care if it is good or bad, but that feeling like you are being fed lines and just have to write them down quickly -- for some reason that is very attractive. (I was going to say "addictive" but censored myself to "attractive")
I think calm happy life might have to be sacrificed. I think of the "flow" that you're talking about as a kind of channeling. You're lucky if it happens often. Thank you for answering!
channeling-- I've heard this before, wonder what other people think of this feeling-- for me there is a total difference between writing a considered essay and writing a stream of consciousness essay. Both are good, but I know which is more fun!
It's hard to answer this question because it isn't just one thing, as several have mentioned here.
I write because of those crazy voices in my head, and I write now, because I like the challenge, the practice, the feedback, the results, the possibilities...all this and more.
It is the answer to my insomnia...it's the answer to my sanity...it's the answer to the prompting from that creative muse...
At times it's my lifeline, and at other times its the demon possessed within...
It abates my depression...and flames it as well.
It allows me to publish an opinion, or research an interesting topic, or find an audience for a humorous situation I need to share.
I write because that is what I was born to do...
...and, despite all of the negative self talk from long ago; despite all of my life distractions along the way; despite the inconveniences of a job and a work schedule that takes me through a midnight shift and sleep through the next day, I manage to squeeze in a word or two, every so often. That is why I write.
Perfect answer. And you're the first who's mentioned insomnia. I think if I could sleep like a normal human being, I would likely not write. And like you, the outlet for the creative urge is so important. Thank you, Denise.
I know the insomnia experience very well. Some doodle, some watch the boob tube, some do crosswords-I write. Or, I write about what I'm going to write about, haha.
Wow. To be honest, I have always had a knack for the written word. Poetry and education have been very good companions. For the last year or so, I write because these pages ( hubs), are my contribution, my inner song. As if on cue, I am starting to loose my ability to construct ideas and form sentences,due to my MS.
To me is a race against the clock to get it all out and share it with many people as posible. I guess that when everything is said and done, these pages are the only thing that will live forever. And I will keep on, until is physically imposible to do so. Blessings...
I write walkthroughs for games I beat because I don't want someone stuck where I was
I write how-to's for things I did because I want to share the experience.
I write tutorials for things I learned because I think I can explain them easy.
I write some stuff because I don't want it lost and forgotten.
I write because I want to write.
I already have more than 1 blog except the HubPages here and I plan to make more.
Because I love to share
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