It amazes me how many people publish books and write blogs. There were over a million posts on WordPress.com just today. My inherent desire to understand fellow writers leads me to ask the question “Why do you write?”
For me, I think there are three main reasons that come to mind.
- Writing is my passion. Pens and paper can be found on nearly every flat surface in my house. It comforts me to work through my emotions whether I am happy or sad, frustrated or fulfilled. Writing my first book, Peaks and Valley, (available through Amazon and Kindle) provided me an opportunity to revisit my childhood. It also allowed me to recognize issues that sometimes kept me from embracing life to the fullest. The therapeutic aspect was an unexpected bonus. By writing I can script romantic fascinations and be openly honest without risking being misunderstood by family and friends.
- When I retired, I began to feel removed from people other than my immediate family. I thrive on being connected to other people. Writing my blog increases the chance of connecting with people who share a common interest, fellow writers. When I check my stats and see that someone read one of my posts, it brings a smile to my face. Should someone take the time to leave a comment, I am delighted and encouraged to keep writing.
- On numerous occasions, something I wrote, a poem, a letter, a short story, has touched another person’s soul and perhaps made their day a little brighter. There is a voice in my head, call it divine intervention or a gift that speaks words of comfort for me to share with others in times of need. It is my belief that each of us are blessed with gifts and once we recognize them, it is our duty to share them.
So why do you write? I’d love to know.