Why Do You Write?

30 day blog challenge – day 24

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People write for all kinds of reasons. Some people write to entertain. Some people write to create great literature. Some people write to make money. (Yes, some writers do actually make money!) There are many reasons why people write, and I get tired of people basically saying that one reason is more valid than the others.

Just because you are writing to entertain or make money does not make you less of a “writer” than the folks who set out to pen the Great American Novel. I think if you are writing, you are a writer.

It’s interesting, though, to ask people why they write. Everyone has a different answer.

Why do I write?

I write because I have to, because it is just in me. I write because if I don’t, I feel weird. I write because that is how I process emotions, thoughts, and events. I write because I can hardly think without writing. I write to communicate, to express, to say what I need to say.

I write to connect with other people. Some of the best moments in my life have been a direct result of the work of my favorite artists. I write to give people these moments. I write to touch people and inspire people and move people and hopefully give readers the same kinds of experiences other writers have given to me.

What about you? Why do you write?

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