Today is the Why I Write Blogfest, sponsored by Kayleen Hamblin of Kayleen’s Creation Corner.
Why I write. There are many reasons and maybe not all of them are as noble and selfless as others, but they’re all reasons that have influenced my writing.
I write to make sense of things. Long before I decided I wanted to actually be an author, I wrote all the time, in journals mostly, but some creative writing too. I write to put down in words things I don’t understand about myself, other people, society, and the universe at large. I write to work out possible answers to my questions and problems. I have always needed words to express how I feel and when I find the names and words for my problems and feelings, then I’m more likely to find the answers.
I write to appease the voices in my head. That sounds schizophrenic, I know. And maybe some writers do have a mild case of schizophrenia, but whatever the reason, the voices are there, and sometimes they say some strange and interesting things. I’ve always lived in my head. I imagine bizarre scenarios all the time. It never occurred to me that this was a good thing, not until I decided I seriously wanted to write. But since I started writing, those voices have served me very well.
I write for a sense of accomplishment. I’m the type of personality that needs a steep challenge, a mountain to climb, a seemingly unreachable goal. Tell me I can’t do something and watch me do it. I’m kind of feisty that way. Writing is hard work. Sometimes it does feel impossible, but that’s what I love about it. It’s the hard that makes it good. When I overcome the obstacles, I get a rush. Best drug ever.
I write for hope. Writing is a hopeful thing for me. I hope that my words will be clear and powerful. I hope they will have meaning not just to me, but for many. I hope my stories will make people laugh and cry. I hope my writing will be a good thing in my life, not just for me, but for my family and all those I love. I write because I have hope that it makes me a better wife and mother, a better daughter, a better human being.
Why do you write?
And be sure to check out Kayleen’s blog, where she has a list of all those participating in the Why I Write Blogfest!