why do we write?

I was asked a seemingly simple question – why do we write?

We can look at this with cold logic and reply simply: we write to communicate, educate, or record.  And that is quite true.

Perhaps the real question is: why do writers write?

It would be different for everyone.  Some want to scare, thrill, or enthrall their audience.  Others want to make us laugh, think, or cry…and sometimes, devilishly – all three.  But at the base level of all of these is the desire for connection.  It’s some kind of strange magic.  To paraphrase an idea from Stephen King (from On writing) – writing is a magical art that allows a writer to conjure a picture in someone else’s mind.  It allows authors to time travel and connect with readers from different generations, time periods, and countries.  And their art – stories – these are immortal things.  They outlive their creators and the best ones still find meaning with readers in years to come.

Maybe that’s why we write.  To practice our own form of magic.  To share ideas and experiences across oceans and time.  To reach across boundaries and connect with others.

But those are just my thoughts…  Why do you write?

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11 thoughts on “why do we write?

    • That’s actually I really good idea. I’ve read before that if there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been created yet – then write it. 🙂 I love this practice. The continued work toward improvement is also a good idea. And I think that can help with consistency in building a writing practice (something I struggle with). Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Thanks you for sharing and I’m glad you write as well. 🙂 I agree, enjoyment of creative pursuits is a big motivator. I also like to use my blog as an open journal/record to park my more favorite pieces. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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