Saturday, June 26, 2010

Why Are You A Writer?

Think about these words:

WHY . . . ARE . . . YOU . . . A . . . WRITER?

This question was asked in my writing group recently. I have been thinking about it for several months now and have a few answers.


For me writing is a release of my thoughts. When I blog, write something short on a Social Media post, or writing a chapter of a novel I can feel the stress, emotion, energy, and relaxation happening. It is a release of thoughts built up during the day that just come out on the screen and in the pages.


Many time what I decide to write that day or moment gives me insight as to what I am thinking, feeling, or going through. Sometimes answers to my questions come to me and many times I formulate new ones.


When I am writing my fiction novels it i a way for me to escape my everyday life. I can travel to new worlds, encounter situations, that I would normally not encounter in my 'real' life. Writing for an hour is my personal time that I can just 'get away' from everything happening around me and not have any problems at all.


Writing my feelings, thoughts or problems down on paper is very therapeutic. Like I said above, it gets those emotions, feelings, or energy flowing out. I always feel better after a few minutes or an hour of writing.


There are many writers out there who are published, trying to get published, blog, journal, or just write for writing sake. There are online communities and local writing groups. I belong to both, and it is fun to have coffee time or to connect to other writers online and talk about what it is we are writing. Writing can be a secluded thing, and it is fun to connect to other writers, and support one another.


I really enjoy writing. It is fun to organize your thoughts and put them down on paper. It is great to see someone light up when you write something funny or to feel emotion when you write a sad piece. It is great to see someone get inspired by your words of struggle and triumph.


It is free to write. You can scribble on a napkin, or jump on a computer at the library. You can write in a journal or on your laptop. You can do it anywhere, at any time.



  1. You've hit it exactly. What a wonderful way to look at it. I especially agree with release, the voices are silenced at least for awhile. It's something non-writers do not understand.


  2. Exactly. The only way to shut down the stream of ideas (the voices) is to get the character or the plot idea or even that crazy opening line that won't leave you alone down on paper (or typed into Word). Non-writers think we're nuts when we try to explain...