Sorry! I totally forgot that I was going to list people’s answers and reasons to Monday’s question. Please check out the blogs and published works of everyone:
“I’m on board with most of that but I write poetry and know there is no money in that.” The Mirror Obscura
“I love writing because I’m totally addicted to it since the day when I started reading “anything” so seriously” Insight
“For me as a total readerholic and mental escape artist all my life, the writing came late, but now that particular joy of creating worlds, people, dragons, scenarios – whatever – can’t be matched by anything else that I’ve ever done.” Jo Robinson
“I think the reason evolves over time. I began writing as a way to express myself in a healing way. But then I began writing poetry. Poetry is a great self-expression for me and I must admit that I still write for myself, but I love to write something that will evoke powerful emotions in other people too.” Pamela Beckford
“I think the main reason for my being a writer is because I just enjoy creating, in general. Also, it can be an excellent way to relieve stress. Plus, there’s something sort of fun (though mildly terrifying) about sharing my work with others.” Twixie13
“I think you hit the nail on the head when you said reasons change. Today it could be one reason, tomorrow another. That’s not so hypocritical as it is self reflective. Some of my reasons are sort of selfish. It’s therapeutic. it’s a creative expression outlet. At least recovering the costs of publishing has that reward. I don’t know about getting rich. it happens to a few, but I’m not holding my breath. Sharing a story. That’s my primary, or core, reason…today. It’s fun, should always be a reason, else you are doing something wrong IMHO!” S.K. Nicholls
“Hmmm … well, it started off for me in fanfiction, because I was absolutely furious that Sirius Black died in the Harry Potter series, and I just couldn’t rest until I wrote a version of his story where he survived and had awesome fun times with Harry (and a resurrected James Potter). That showed me that I really enjoyed writing — mostly the coming up with stories part, although not necessarily the writing them down part. So I suppose I write because A) I love coming up with stories, and the transition from thought to paper just seems like a natural progression to me, B) I love reading, and I write books I want to read and that I think others will enjoy, and C) To leave something behind of myself when I’m gone. The last one is a bit depressing (or possibly inspirational?), but I was really affected by the movie Troy — there’s this one scene where Achilles can choose to stay home, live a long life, and die an old and happy man, or he can go to war and be remembered forever as a hero. I like the idea of being remembered” Michelle Proulx
“I write because if I don’t, the voices in my head take over and I can no longer function as a normal human being. Recently a new friend asked me if Schizophrenia ran in my family. She didn’t mean it to hurt me, she was honestly just curious about the writing process and how my mind works. I laughed and told her than Writing was the only socially acceptable from of schizophrenia. She laughed back and said something like, “Well, that clears it all up then!” Olivia Stocum
“I write mostly to get the characters in my head to stop bugging me (although in some cases it simply encourages them) and sometimes as a method of wish fulfillment, or living vicariously through them. Mostly though, it’s because I simply enjoy the story that spins itself out.” Katie Sullivan
“Im pretty much on board with what you wrote, except for the money. Id rather have one crazed fan, than a million bucks.” Oloriel
“I write because…
1, I love it.
2, Now I’ve started I can’t stop. I don’t call myself an authorholic for nothing. To be honest, my life would be very much easier if I didn’t write but I can’t give it up.
3.Real life is wonderful but I need to pimp it in my dreams. And since I live in this dream world, I guess I may as well share it.” M.T. McGuire
“Writing is what calms me.
My calling – figuring I have something someone needs to hear.
Would be fun to be paid, but whatever.
I just really love it, mostly, that’s it.” Audrey Dawn
“I was writing avidly many years before publishing became a viable option or before I discovered blogging. This seems to be true for many writers.” Chris McMullen
“Love and life look and feel better in one poetic frame or another” Ellespeth
“For most of my life, there has been a yearning for something, an unquenchable thirst that I could never satisfy. I tried different things and while many signs pointed to writing, I always dismissed them. I could never be a writer. I lacked the knowledge, the skills, the experience, and most importantly the voice. But one day I wrote a story (not a school assignment, but one I wanted to write) and the feeling I got from the experience was exhilarating. The unquenchable thirst had finally been satiated and the reasons I shouldn’t write didn’t matter anymore. I had a story to tell.” Melissa Janda (There’s more to this one, so go to the link to the original post at the top.)
“I write because it’s fun. Is that crazy, or what?” Debyfredericks
“I write because it makes me whole. When I’m not writing, I don’t feel complete. I also write because it is a way for me to resist temptation when it comes to addictions! I also write because I love to write” Kirstin