Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

Why We Write

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt (CC BY 2.0)

Below are some of the responses that you gave to the question why do you write? [my bold emphases added]

I write to make sense of dreams. I write to flesh out ideas that will otherwise evaporate. I write whenever I give an assignment to my students—I’ve promised them that I will never give them an assignment that I wouldn’t do myself. I write to remember my childhood and so that my children and theirs will know it, too. I write to smooth out ideas. I write articles (but only when I’m asked to, for some reason). ~ Jane

I write because I’m amazed at what comes out when I do. The proverbial pen seems to tell me ideas rather than me telling it. ~ Deborah

I write because it’s fun, I enjoy it. Sometimes I still write even when it’s not fun, because it can help to write down difficult feelings, or work through a problem, but that’s more for the journal, or maybe a poem. I write to communicate, to entertain, to inform, to connect. I write because I can, because I must, because I want to. ~ Annette

I write for proof that I exist. ~ Laurel

It doesn’t get much more inspiring than that! Thanks, everyone.

Try it yourself, this time in 10 words or fewer: Why do YOU write? #WhyIWrite

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