Monday, February 12, 2007

Why Do I Write?

As I sat here at my desk staring at the last sentance I wrote in my WIP and wondering where to go from there, I asked myself, "Self, why do I do this? What is the reason that I write?"

No, I don't suppose it's a life altering question but one that I had some difficulty answering- even to myself. What is it about writing that I enjoy so much? What do I hope to accomplish by writing the things that I do?

I guess it could be that my life is so dull that I have to live vicariously through my characters to find fulfilment. But then again, I have four children- two of which are teenagers, how dull could my life possibly be?

Is it possibly because I'm lacking romance in my real life that I have to generate it on paper- or computer screen as the case happens to be? That question was a quick and easy one to answer- No...I am definitely not lacking romance in my life...and that being the case, I thought that maybe because I have an abundance of love and romance in my life that I want to share it with readers who might read romance because they don't have enough or any in their lives.


I tried to go back and remember when it was that I first realized I loved writing and then it came to me. My love of the writen word started after a very tragic period in my life, around the age of twelve and I started writing poetry as a way of dealing with my feelings of anger and grief. It grew from there to include confusion and helplessness and eventually acceptance, happiness and love. Writing helped me work through my feelings and I've since discovered that writing about love from beginning to end is by far the most pleasant and enjoyable.

So that's why I write. Why do you write? What is your inspiration? Why do you write the genre that you do?


Elle Fredrix said...

I didn't grow up with a compulsion to write, and it's only recently that I've started thinking of myself as a writer. I've always thought of myself as a story-teller. I've been making up stories in my head since I was a little kid, but never once that about writing them done.

Throughout my life I'd occaisionaly read a book, and say to myself, I could do this, but that was the closest I ever came to writing. Then one day, I was SO disgusted with a book I read, I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth is and see if I could write something. I was hooked!