I love to write. Oh, I definitely want to earn money writing, no doubt about that. I would love to be able to quit my day job and earn money writing. Long road, but I am having fun on hubpages and all.
Hi Faith, I am a passionate, compulsive-obsessive writer. So I write because I write because I write. Interaction between eyes, fingers (typing) and brain satisfy (sooth) some of my primordial needs. I remind myself of cows - ruminating life in order to digest it. I also LOVE words, and love to pen down and share my knowledge, thoughts and ideas. I cannot sing, or paint, but I can write. So writing also allow me to be creative. I honestly believe that I can express myself the best in writing, while verbally I might miss the target because of distraction. I don't think 'money' when I write, but I do hope to express myself properly and to transfer my thoughts/ideas/messages successfully. Of course, money is always welcome, though very scarce in the world of writers. Writers normally find themselves in a desert with scattered oases. Why do you write?
Wow, Martie, you are very passionate no doubt about that, and thank you so much for your fascinating answer here, which has provided a lot of insight into our South African amazing writer (YOU)! Will write my answer above - no room left here.
I forgot to mention why I love to write, as our lovely Martie asked of me. I love to write about my true life experiences, as I am a non-fiction writer for the most part, although I do have a great imagination and could write fiction. However, I love to share my experiences, as it may be of use to at least one person on this earth, and if that is the case, then my writing has served its purpose, in my eyes. Even in my poetry, some may think it is fiction, but it is actually based on real life events. My desire is to convey (whether during trials or good times), the hope I have in each new day and to persevere through whatever this sometimes brutal life can throw at us, and as I have experienced many times in this lifetime, it can throw a lot at us that we may have never have seen coming. If we are still here, then we must move on and not look behind, although learning much from past experiences and to share those with others. Thanks for asking, Martie.
Lovely answer, Faith, and if I haven't mentioned it, this is also one of the reasons why I am writing the tips of my fingers flat Enjoy! (The flowers are for you - first time I saw we may post pictures.)
I write as part of my experience of life. I live it, love it and write about it. Some people photograph it, or draw their experience, but I have to get it down in words. Reading back over my work helps me to understand myself and my journey.
I wrote at first because I found that I enjoyed it. I still write for that reason. But now I also find that I have to write, that it has become an addiction of sorts, and if I don't write I feel terrible. When I can't find the time to write I become easily irritated, anxious and have trouble sleeping. I still write because I want to and love to, but now I also write because I need to.
I realised the other day that the piece I'm working on is essential to my mental well-being, and that I don't actually care whether or not it's published. I'm writing it totally for me. It's the first time I've approached a piece in this frame of mind, and I must say that the effect is that this is the best work I have ever produced!
I used to be here on HubPages as a writer, writing strictly for the love of writing. I then visited some other Hubbers' sites and saw that they wrote to make money. Good for them, good for me. We all write for different reasons, I guess...
I have always found my way to express who I am much easier in print than by saying it out loud. I tend to get tongue tied or stutter sometimes. I can usually state clearly what I want said without appearing unsure of myself if I write it down.
I like to write because it gives me a chance to put my views, thoughts, observations on paper. Others may read and agree or disagree, but at least I have presented my views. As a reporter I wrote 10s of thousands of news stories, columns and editorials. In my PR life, I wrote less but did a lot of research and responding to questions. I have ideas. I have a couple of books in the back cobwebs of my brain. I do not know if they will ever be put on paper, but parts of them will be written.
I write what I am passion about. Knowing what I want to write on topics that I am familiar with. I write and share my knowledge. Of course it will be great to be interactive from others that know the topic and discuss. That is what I want to do when I write on the topic.
When I started writing, making money from it was never my intention. I have been writing poetry since middle school and the passion I had for it then is the same passion I still have for it today.
Someone had told me that publishing a book of poems would not make me much money, (still don't know the professional answer to this question) and so I never really looked at it like a money making device but rather as an artistic expression and I often find my short stories and poems help me work through my feelings and emotions.
I joined Hub Pages for much the same reason, although I would not turn away any money I could make, it is not my purpose.
I write because I have the penchant to do so. Not many of my peers can have a command of language like me, frankly speaking. I belong to that special breed of people who loves language more than mathematics and science (but I love mathematics too paradoxically). While my friends excel in science, I excel in English and my mother tongue. So I believe that my talent for writing is there, and I write so that my talent will not be frittered away.