Why Do You Write?

writing in notebook a story

We authors have a variety of reasons why we create and write stories.  Perhaps the reasons have changed over the years.  Did you start writing stories at an early age?  If so, your reasons for writing them then may be different than now.  Did you want to be an author when you grew up?  I did, but the reality of a one percent chance of getting published and my parents telling me I couldn’t sustain or support myself when I was out on my own pretty much shelved that aspiration.  I then decided to attend business college because I typed very well and graduated with an administrative assistant degree in 1991.  A typing position had worked fine for me in my early twenties.  I didn’t hate my jobs, but I also wasn’t thrilled or totally invested in them.  They mattered for paying the bills.

Getting back to why we authors write, I think my reason when I started writing at age twelve was because I enjoyed immersing myself in the make believe world of my characters.  It was a pleasant escape.  It wasn’t until after the long nearly eighteen-year hiatus from writing and going back to college in 2014 that I thought of doing this seriously and full time.  Instead of writing only for myself and a couple of friends, I desired everyone who was interested in my genre, writing style, and storylines to read them.  Thankfully, with four classes left until I graduate from university and all the techniques and mechanics of writing I’ve been learning have not hampered my joy of writing.  Producing a story is more difficult because of what I’ve learned it takes to write a good story, but that difficulty is not something overwhelming or unachievable.

As I continue to wait to hear back from the publisher on whether they’ll want to see my whole manuscript or reject it, I know that no matter what, I want to share my works with everyone.  I believe God gave me this ability to create stories, and with this gift, I am to share it with all.

What are your reasons for writing?  Share your thoughts below.




10 thoughts on “Why Do You Write?

    1. I agree! There is something awesome about getting words down on the page. That’s really cool that it makes you feel that way. I do think there is a freedom in writing not only novels and such, but also in blogging. You do get to express your thoughts and opinions and feelings on things in a place that feels safe. 🙂

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  1. I think you nailed it when you said God gave you a gift. If we don’t use it, is goes dim and flabby. It means a lot to me when someone reads something I have had a part in and feels like they learned something or at least laughed. When I was a kid, writing was an escape, now, as an adult it is an expression of faith.

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  2. I can’t help it. I have been writing stories since I was able to read. I’m in my head, writing stories. I’m writing stories on napkins and index cards and paper bags. The one time I quit, I got really sick. So I write to stay healthy, in body, mind, and spirit. 🙂

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