Recently a good friend asked me, ‘Why do you write, and why is it so important to you?’
Who knows why we do the things we do? Especially writing, that one profession that people roll their eyes at when you happen to mention that it’s your passion. So instead of going into a long-winded explanation of why I write and why it’s so important to me, I’ll give you a quick bullet list of reasons (some may echo yours, some may not)
So, Why Do I Write and Why is it So Important to Me?
1) To paraphrase Stephen King, ‘Why do you assume I have a choice?’
2) I have voices in my head that won’t shut up.
3) To kill the pain.
4) To still the demons.
5) I have things I want to say and I’ll get arrested if I say them out loud.
6) Because I have stories to tell, and adventures to go on.
7) I dream up characters and they haunt me until I put them down on paper.
8) I’m one of those people who need to express themselves or the top of their head blows off.
9) To join the conversation.
10) Because I’m full of regrets.
11) I have issues and stuff to work out.
12) I’m melancholy by nature, and moody. A writer!
13) I’m good at it; I enjoy it, so what the hell. Why not?
14) I’m a control freak and writing lets me be in charge of everything.
15) With all these crazy thoughts in my head, I either put them down on paper, or check myself into a psychiatric ward.
16) Because I just can’t help it?
17) Because I FEEL like a writer.
18) My mind naturally goes there.
19) Because I talk too much, and I finally decided to talk on paper instead, to the relief of all those around me.
20) Why do I write? Because it's either that or become a Longshoreman.
21) Because those pretty little things floating around in my transom look better on paper.
22) Because I'm an attention whore. There, I said it.