Why They Write

Kenshin Himura (How I feel)

Kenshin Himura

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 therapy
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

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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23 Responses to Why They Write

  1. sknicholls says:

    Nice shout out post Charles! Thanks!

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  2. Olivia Stocum says:

    Reblogged this on The Claymore and Surcoat and commented:
    Why we write. Ever wonder?

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  3. jmcobbrn says:

    Reblogged this on Juliana Writes and commented:
    There as many reasons to write as there are writers. One thing seems to stand out, it is something they love to do. Why do you write?

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  4. I nice view into everyone’s thoughts. Thanks, Charles.

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  5. M T McGuire says:

    Thanks for the mention. Delighted to see, from this, that we’re clearly all completely blumming nuts.

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  6. Thank you for the shout-out, Charles!

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  7. Cool! I especially love Michelle’s sorting out Sirius Black and the bit about being blumming nuts. 😀

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  8. Reblogged this on chrismcmullen and commented:
    Here is a great variety of answers from several authors and bloggers to the question, “Why do you write.” Check it out.

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  9. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    Anything more YOU would like to add on Charles’ blog post? 🙂

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  10. Kirsten says:

    It was great to read everyone’s reasons for writing! Thanks for the shout out, Charles!

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  11. SleepyDragon1320 says:

    Reblogged this on Sleepy Book Dragon and commented:
    This is caught my eye a few days ago but I am only just getting round to reblogging it now because I’ve been thinking about my own reasons for writing.
    I agree with those that say that the reason changes day to day. For me, I write because my mind keeps coming up with stories, even before I realised what I was doing when I was younger. I suppose when I was younger, it was just my imagination coming up with games to play but as I got older, it continued and I started writing down the stories (a lot of fan fiction) because one of my school teachers pointed out that I had a gift for it.
    It is also partially because I had just found my genre, the type of books and stories I liked to read and write, around the same time. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series inspired millions of children around the world and I am one of those. Even now, I go back to the premise of the Harry Potter series and Enid Blyton’s school stories, especially the Malory Towers series.
    Reading and writing are inextricably interlinked I feel. You can’t do one without the other.
    I also write because it is a type of therapy and escapism. When the life is getting stressful and tough, it is a nice way to escape for a while and to get out all those feelings through characters onto a physical (or virtual!) page. If I didn’t have an outlet for those sorts of feelings, and others, I don’t know where I would be.
    I would love to get paid to write and maybe that will happen in the future but for now, it’s therapy, escapism and an outlet for all the stories clamouring in my head.
    Is my answer clichéd? Perhaps but that’s how I feel today. Who knows? Tomorrow, I might have a completely different answer.

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  12. melissajanda says:

    Thanks for the mention, Charles. Think I have a wordiness problem? {face turns scarlet} Yeah, I’m working on that.

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  13. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AND WHY DO YOU…WRITE?

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