Think about it. Do you write for money? For fame? Maybe you have something vital to say, or is your writing simply an inexplicable obsession?
The answer to this question, the WHY that lies beneath our writing, holds so much intrigue that I ran a poll on Facebook and Twitter asking authors the same simple question, “Why do you write?”
There were over 100 responses. Many of them were highly revealing, so I’ve listed some of them here. Furthermore, please do tell me why YOU write. Leave a comment below. I’m interested to know your thoughts, even if it is simply an ‘inexplicable obsession’.
When asked “Why Do You Write?” here’s what authors had to say…
Because so many ideas bounce around in my head that I HAVE to get them out. I love to create stories.
Jacquee T Detour
Because I need to — to release stories and characters per novels, and also to share experiences expositorily. Although I’m prolific verbally, I am much more so when given a pen or tapping a keyboard.
Kathy McManis Holzapfel
It’s the one thing that has consistently called me, my entire life. It’s also how I make meaning in my world.
Mary Reason Theriot
I find it great therapy in my fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Through writing I can find some sort of escape from the pain. It also allows a chance for my imagination to really come alive.
I write because I love to write. Also people apparently like to read what I write. (I have a book on kindle with around 2500 downloads to date.)
The voices need a journal.
Alisha Costanzo Chambers
To quiet the voice in my head. Otherwise, I would be lost in a world with no escape. Although in opposition, I write to escape from the reality of the world. When I become aware of the violence and hate and destruction in the world, I disappear into the minds of my characters and their stories.
Lana Lynne Higginbotham
Storytellers and books captured me at a young age. The first time my fingers found a typewriter at the age of ten, my first story flowed. I laid writing aside for a time. Then one of my unfinished stories and characters stirred. I answered and haven’t stopped since.
Because I love it … always been a storyteller of sorts.
To empower children
I get to direct a movie that’s playing in my head. EVERY SINGLE DAY!
I love it.
Robyn P Hirst
Because I love it – I wake with the bones of a story or hear a conversation or have a title in mind and write….I love to read a good tale that leaves me wanting to know ‘what happens next’.
I write because it is my calling.
And you shouldn’t ignore your calling, right?
Lynn Shanks Costelli
My characters threaten to haunt me if I don’t.
Because I have stories I want to tell, and also because I want money and recognition. I’m not going to lie, heh.
To exorcise the people that haunt my mind…
Because it’s a good escape into a world you have almost total control of.
I am not the world’s greatest achiever but the power that comes from creating characters and dictating what they do is phenomenal.
It’s in my blood. The purpose of my existence. Can’t not write
Because it’s painting with words and like art it transcends continents and culture barriers and reminds me of what it is to be human.
Linda Howell Betz
Writing is my passion, but I also have a passion for wounded hurting people, and I write stories of hope!
After a weekend of fixing “glitches” with my MS for beta-readers, I’m actually asking myself that right now! Why DO I write?? But the truth of it is, because I must; in some perverse way, it feeds my soul:)
I write because I have a passion for it. Just like Peter Pan. If you take away his shadow he’s only half a boy. If you take away my writing I’m only half of a woman. Writing is part of me. It’s who I am and who I want to be.
Because storytelling is the one thing that has always been part of me. It’s as natural as the color of my eyes. I can’t comprehend life without the companionship of a story waiting to be told. It would be a lonely existence indeed without my multitudes of imaginary friends. I say that seriously, with a smile.
Always have. Always will. A catharsis, a joy, a creation, a stimulant for the imagination. Certainly not for the money!
I really, truly know I’d be extremely unhappy if I didn’t. It’s not about being the next whoever. It’s about being the only ME. And about making people take their minds off the humdrum, and the troubles in life for a few hours when reading my work.
I write because I have something to say that can inform, teach, inspire and enhance another person’s life!
Elizabeth A Martina, Author
I have all sorts of stories in my head that need telling. How can I not tell them?
The Last Word…
I’ve discovered a charming, not-to-be-missed post about what motivates a writer to write by author J. Edward Paul. You can read it at this link. He outlines the ‘family’ reason he writes, and why he’s at peace with it.
So tell me: Why do YOU write? What motivates you to ‘summon your muse’?
Please leave a comment below.
Article written by Jonathan Gunson
Author / CEO Bestseller Labs
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