When I was a young girl, I was an avid Nancy Drew fan. I would consume a book in a day. I loved mysteries and I think this greatly influenced my initial desire to write. My first serious effort was in grade six and resulted in encouragement from my teacher and I’ve been writing in some way, shape or form ever since then.
So that’s the short and sweet version of my story. But, why do others write?
Reasons Writers Write
Writers write to:
- Satisfy a need. For some of us, writing equates to scratching an itch.
- Escape from reality. When we write we can sometimes tune out everything going on around us. The tropical paradise setting of a novel can be an amazing escape from a sink full of dishes, can’t it?
- As an artistic outlet. Some people paint. Some people sing. Some of us write.
- Influence others. Books can start trends (vampire novels or handcuffs anyone?) and share knowledge that can influence readers.
- Create the kind of stories they like to read. I love a really good ghost story with a great back story. The type of story that is believable, in theory, and interesting without gruesome special effects. There aren’t a lot of stories out there like this so I think I’m going to have to write my own!
- Silence “the voices” in their heads. Do your characters talk to you? Do you nag you to write down their stories? Mine do.
- Express themselves. Some people are quiet and feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts through their writing.
- Make sense of a situation. Ever explored your thoughts and feelings in a diary?
- Be happy. Some people are miserable if they don’t write regularly.
- Help others. When we write about our experiences and share what we know, we can sometimes assist others who are dealing with the same issues.
- Educate others. Others can learn from your knowledge if you write about it.
- Gain exposure and, maybe even fame. Some writers write because they desire this.
- Leave something behind. It’s a nice thought to leave something behind, even if only for our family and friends, to remember us by, isn’t it? I’d love to discover a novel written by my great-grandmother even if it was only a first draft stuffed in a shoe box in the attic.
So, can you think of any other reasons people write? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to the list.
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