I have just written a blog post about the reasons behind why I write. It had never been something I considered  past the point of "it makes me happy" before now as I just got on with it. However not everyone is as accepting of that reason so it got me thinking harder about the reasons behind my writing and I wrote this post in a hope of explaining a few things to people who are questioning my choices. 

Why I Write

I was just wondering the reasons behind why other authors write.

Mia

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Writing is like the oxygen in my blood; without it, I would die.

Wow :) Love the reason!

I write because I love creating entire worlds and stuff out of literary nothing.

You might as well ask why I read, or think. It's just part of me, that's all. I completed my first novel when I was 10, and while I'm sure it was awful it does at least show that I've been writing since I was a very small child. It's what I do. How well I do it... that's up to readers.

Totally agree with you Ben!  Quality is in the mind of the reader...

I am a numbers person by day, but writing stimulates a whole other side. I love to pair photography with poetry (many about nature, waterfalls and hiking). I left one below, that I hope you will enjoy.

 

I understand what you mean about it stimulating a whole other side, writing and photography are some of my favourite things to do.

Hi Mia,

That's a great article!  I think most of your list applies to me as well--especially the escapism and the enjoyment.  I also get motivated by other books and movies that engage my brain and make me want to tell my own stories.  Kind of like when as a kid I'd watch a football game and then want to go play catch in the yard.

And I'd be kidding if I didn't say part of it is my desire to make a living working for myself doing something creative.  That part may never come to fruition, but it is part of the equation.

Best of luck with your writing and your blog.

Thanks C.M Skiera! I agree with your reasons; books get me motivated too as well as watching everyday activity. You never know when something useful is going to catch your eye.

I write because I love being able to express my thoughts into words.  Writing is a form of therapy for me.  When ever there is something I need to get off my chest I will take out a pen and paper and write. 

I know what you mean. I don't necessarily use those pieces of writing in my novels but I definitely use that technique as a form of expressing myself. They may come in handy at a later stage, you never know :)

That's how most of my early short stories came into being.  Some emotion would just not leave me alone. :-)

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