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Top Reasons Writers WriteI'm always talking to writers about why they write. Here are a few of their responses:

For the love of the written word.
To exercise their fingers.
Because the pen is mightier than the sword.
So they can tell everyone they're a writer.
So they can name their own characters.
They want to work from home.
A desire to be their own boss.
To vent.
To be understood.

For many their response is that they have to, need to--must--write. I agree. I can't imagine life without writing. Everyday it's as much a part of me as breathing. Whether I'm working on a novel, essay, article, or short story, or simply recording something in my journal, I don't feel whole unless I have a paper and pen in my hands, or a keyboard under my fingertips.

What about you? Why do you write?

4 comments:

Altman said...

I'm with you. I've tried not writing but that's impossible.

Of your above mentioned list, only a few apply to me:

For the love of the written word.
Because the pen is mightier than the sword.
To vent.
To be understood.

Great post.

ann

L.T. Elliot said...

I write to understand myself, I think. I write because I can slowly sort through the tangles of my head and heart and finally give name to everything inside of me. It doesn't hurt that it's fun, either. ;)

Lori Nawyn said...

Thank you for your comment, Ann

Lori Nawyn said...

I love your response, Laura. I too have many tangles in my head and heart. I'm learning to untangle them and doing so has changed my life.

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