Why write?… “We write to make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable and love possible… But the most important is love. That after all the suffering, all the injustice, all the evil that one sees in the world, if you can rise above it and make it beautiful, and thus lovable then that’s worth a life” — Roger Rosenblatt
For some reason I have been thinking about this lately- Why do I write? I think the answer to this will be evolving, but for why I started writing here are 5 reasons…
1. I write because they won’t shut-up. I remember writing stories when I was a kid and years later had ideas and thoughts of grandeur about someday writing a book. However, and unfortunately, due to some “distractions” in my life I gave up (willfully or perhaps not) the hope and dream of writing fiction. Always in the back of mind was a whisper, a tendril, a thread of desire to write- to create; it nagged to be released from the cage that I had locked it in. Now that I have unleashed it and allowed it freedom, it is constantly on my mind. I hear the voices of my characters randomly throughout the day (and night) whispering to me how they would respond, interact with other characters, where they are headed next, etc. Yes, I realize that are clinical definitions for people who “hear the voices”, but among my peers we are called writers. I have given them life through writing and they are not willing to be quieted until their story is told.
2. I write because I read. The reasons I write are similar to the reasons I read. I started reading fiction again after years of putting it up on a shelf (yes, both literally and figuratively) as circumstances in my life started getting more stressful and to be honest, I needed an escape. That’s what I found once again in fiction. I was able to flee into someone else’s life: to be apart of a new adventure each time I opened a new book, to meet new friends, to be the heroine, to be in control of my destiny when IRL I felt at a loss, to fall in love all over again with the hero (please note that I have my very own IRL hero that I fall in love with more and more everyday), to slay the bad guys and to gain the victory, and to travel not only all over the world but also to discover other dimensions, realms, and new worlds.
3. I write for others. For all those same reasons I read, I write with a hope for the future opportunity to be able to share with others. I hope to be able to provide for others what books have provided for me. Not only escape, but also the chance to experience life with all it’s challenges, losses, fears, hopes, dreams, and most importantly love through the eyes of others.
4. I write for me. Now in my early 30’s, I find I am finally discovering more of who I am and becoming more confident in myself as an adult. I write for me. I find more of myself each time I write, discovering and growing into the woman I am trying to be. I write for me because I need a creative outlet. Sometimes, I find that if I’m struggling with trying figure out something in my real life it will come to me when my character is trying to sort through something and vice a versa. Writing has become a part of me, changed me and continually causes me to grow. I write for me because I LOVE it.
5. I write because above all else, I have a story to tell.