As a writer, one of the most common questions someone could ask us is: Why do you write? Or more accurately, this is probably the number one question our families and friends will ask us after watching us agonize our current work in progress. But most importantly, I feel this is a question every writer should ask themselves once they decide to go on this journey. Everyone will have different reasons and motivations for wanting to write. Some of those reasons might be simple, some might be more complex. But what is important is that we’re all writing pieces that are meaningful to us first and to others second. After all, at the end of the day we’re the ones attaching our names to the piece, so we need to be happy with it.
So why do I write? For me, the answer is fairly simple- I write because I have stories inside of me that I want to tell and share with others. I want to give others the same joy from reading my work as other writers have done for me my entire life. And for me, it’s that simple.
Now don’t get me wrong- I would love to make a decent living at being a writer because I’ve always been told if you do something you love, then you never work a day in your life. But right now I’m writing my posts for both my blogs, not making a dime off them, and I’m happy with that. Money isn’t a motivator for me. Fame isn’t a motivator for me (though I have often said I would love to be the next J.K. Rowling, but I mean that in terms of having my writing reach a lot of people)! What motivates me is wanting to share my stories with others. What motivates me is knowing that someone out there might be reading my posts and gaining inspiration from them. Money is nice. It buys you things you want and need, but money isn’t everything.
I’ve always loved telling and writing stories. In second grade I would write short stories for my teacher as extra credit. In middle school I would write really bad “songs” that I’m pretty sure have all been destroyed. In high school it was poetry, wrestling fanfiction, and fanfiction with my best friend Kellie about guys we were crushing on, bands we liked, characters from movies, our favorite wrestlers, etc. And I attribute all of those experiences to why I write purely for pleasure and to share my stories. All of those experiences were pursuits based off writing just for the pleasure of writing and nothing more. Even when writing fanfiction with Kellie and we were the only ones reading them, it made me happy to be sharing a creative experience with her. Writing these blog posts for all of you read makes me happy. Writing makes me happy and that’s why I do it. It’s that simple for me.
So why do you write? Let me know why you do because I would love to read what other people’s reason is! And thank you to everyone who has followed, commented, or taken the time to even read one of my blog posts, you’re a part of the reason why I do this and I appreciate each and every one of you! Have a great week everyone and keep writing!