Why I write

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Why do I write? Why must I write? I’ve been pondering these questions lately. Why is it that I’ve been able to just jump in and do it at this point when I couldn’t before?

For me, personally, it was a distinct void of satisfaction that caused my writing to really take off. I’ve always been the kind of person who enjoys working hard on something that has a definite end. Working on it, seeing it through and, then, be able to look back on my work and say, “I did that.” That feeling of purely personal accomplishment had been lacking in my life recently.

I had ideas. I had started things but I wasn’t really serious about it. Then, one night, I was having dinner with a friend. I listened to her talk about her job. The business had just turned two years old and, as I heard her talk about how very overwhelmed she was by the people who had contacted her in order to communicate their thanks for the difference this company had made in their lives, I found myself wishing, hoping that I, too, would, one day have the privilege to do something so meaningful.

It was, in fact, at that same dinner that I expressed my desire to follow through with the ideas I had started. A writer at heart, it was something I knew I enjoyed. It was something I could do endlessly. All I had to do was find a reason to write. Without a reason, even passions often fall to the wayside. Though it didn’t come to me right away, I found that reason over the next few months. Who knows exactly at what point I found my reason but, now, I’m sure of it, fully. Why do I write? Because it makes me feel good. Because it allows me to escape. Because it allows me to relax. Because it gives me an outlet for my thoughts. Because I know that I’m accomplishing something, even if it’s just for myself.

Obviously, every author wants to be read. Every author wants to influence people. Every author wants to leave something behind… but that’s not why we write. We write because, quite frankly, we can’t not write.

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6 thoughts on “Why I write

  1. “That feeling of purely personal accomplishment had been lacking in my life recently.” That’s a very good way to articulate the feeling that motivated me to start writing as well. I have felt for many years that my success is due in large part to others and that, while grateful, I felt patronized and unproven. I wanted to attain something without anyone having to take a leap of faith or do me a favor. Thanks for so eloquently putting to words what I experienced. It is exciting to have such a powerful outlet, isn’t it?

  2. It is! It’s also very validating to actually see your words “on the paper” (I guess we can’t really use that phrase anymore!) and realize that they’re not just in your head anymore! They’re not just ideas anymore. It’s a fantastic feeling, as I’m sure you know. You’re very welcome and thank YOU too for taking the time to appreciate my words!

    So, how exactly did this manifest itself for you? You’re working on something, I assume?

  3. The struggle of the creatives. We make, because we have to. Beautifully put. It inspires me to go back to the studio. RIGHT NOW!

    1. Then, go forth! Create! I’m glad you were able to identify with the sentiment. It’s interesting to realize that other people have also, independently, gone through the things I’m going through and have felt what I feel. It is, at the same time, both humbling and encouraging.

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