Why I Write

This post is for the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain. The prompt for this month was:

“Why do you write?”

Unfortunately, I have no right to complain about how broad and difficult to respond to this prompt is, having come up with it myself. Curses upon you, past self! Why do I write, anyway?

Well, I write because I have ideas. For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve had stories, characters, and strange lands floating around in my head. When I was very young, I used to walk all around the house, talking about impossible scenarios and imagining all the potential outcomes. I didn’t really learn to channel these trains of thoughts into any tangible form until elementary school. That was when I made my first attempt at writing a novel–that one about the girl and her unicorn, remember? Regrettably, I didn’t have the attention span to complete any of these stories at the time. As soon as I wrote a page or two, I would feel that the idea was spent and get bored with it. I have, of course, managed to remedy that.

I write because I feel that I’m tolerably good at it. I might get sloppy when I write these blog posts, but when I put a decent effort into something, I’m usually pleased with the results. I am by no means saying that I’m a shining talent. Even if I’m not all that wonderful at writing now, the more I practice, the better I’ll get. I write in the interest of improvement. I don’t play sports, I’m not much of an actress, music is only a casual hobby of mine, and my spatial art is retina-burning; writing is “my thing.” It’s what I do outside of school to keep myself motivated and believing that there is, in fact, a point to my existence other than learning something, studying it, and taking a test on it, in an endless cycle.

I write because I want to contribute to the world somehow. Building on that last idea, I don’t have any other means to leave my mark. (Unless you can think of something I can do with Latin besides being a teacher…) Sure, I could always go to business school, be an office worker, and have a perfectly comfortable existence–yet I honestly can’t stand the thought. I want to do something more with my life. Writing could allow me not only to entertain, but to get new ideas out there, to make people think. I would love to be the kind of author who changed someone’s life with her work.

Lastly, I write because it lets me channel my emotions into something mildly productive. If I’m angry, I could go storming away, throwing punches at random objects and potentially sustaining painful injury to my hand. Instead, I can find a way to spin the situation into a story or scene in a larger work, and use my feelings to make the characters’ reactions more realistic and powerful. The same goes for almost any other emotion you can think of. Even if I don’t write about my teenage angst in a fictional form, I can get it down on paper in a journal. However, I always feel better after using the emotions for a story. Maybe it’s because I can imagine that the situation that incurred these feelings in the first place has become fictional, as well.

That’s the best attempt I can make at describing why I write. Why don’t you see what everyone else had to say?

May 5–http://towerofplot.blogspot.com–The Leaning Tower of Plot

May 6–http://correctingpenswelcome.wordpress.com–Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish

May 7–http://cassidymarierizzo.wordpress.com–Cassidy Marie Rizzo

May 8–http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com–This Page Intentionally Left Blank

May 9–http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com–You Didn’t Really Need To Know This…

May 10–http://inklinedwriters.blogspot.com–Inklined

May 11–http://thewordasylum.wordpress.com–The Word Asylum

May 12–http://lilyjenness.blogspot.com–Lily’s Notes In The Margins

May 13–http://laughablog.wordpress.com–The Zebra Clan

May 14–http://planetaryelastic.blogspot.com–Tangential Bemusings

May 15–http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com–Reality Is Imaginary

May 16–http://otherrandomthings.wordpress.com–Dragons, Unicorns And Other Random Things

May 17–http://lonelyrecluse.wordpress.com–The Lonely Recluse

May 18–http://delorfinde.wordpress.com–A Farewell To Sanity

May 19–http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com–The Incessant Droning Of A Bored Writer

May 20–https://allegradavis.wordpress.com–All I Need Is A Keyboard

May 21–http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com–Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)

10 responses to “Why I Write

  1. I like what you say about leaving a mark. There’s (another) Frank Turner quote I can think of that links to that – “I guess she’s scared that life won’t leave any traces, kind of like everyone else.” Yes, I can indeed think of a FT quote for every single situation and emotion 😀 I, too, want someone one day – just one person, just one little person in this world of seven billion – to come up to me and say that my book inspired them to do something that changed their lives, the way so many authors have changed me.

    • If that happened to me, I would be thoroughly convinced that I had fulfilled my purpose in life.

      • Miriam Joy

        Indeed! To be honest, if it happened in any area of my life – for example, if someone said that I’d really inspired them with dance or something, if I were their teacher – that’d be enough for me. I just want to make a difference to someone’s life, to know that somebody was affected by me.

  2. Huh… Many people have labeled writing as a form of anger management. The fact that I haven’t done the same before now is due to one of two things: I have trouble writing fictitious events from real occurrences; and I just don’t have enough to make me angry. I think that’s a good thing, but it sounds awfully fun to kill someone modeled off of someone you hate…
    Anyway, good post!

  3. Nice post! Writing is certainly a nice break from homework.

  4. In my defense, I’d read this post when you first posted it but forgot to comment…. Anyway, to put it bluntly: THIS POST SUMS UP EVERYTHING I WANTED TO SAY IN MINE, JUST COULDN’T GET IT ACROSS. I give you my stamp of approval. And an A+. Couldn’t agree more, especially with the first few paragraphs.

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