This originally went live on April 28th, 2014. Couldn’t pass this one up when I stumbled onto it. It was actually the beginning of a series and I looked into each of my reasons throughout the week. This was back when I was doing lengthy themes.
We see and hear this question a lot: Why do you write?
The funny thing is that I’ve seen some people answer this question differently every time it’s asked. Typically, this is part of an interview, so we feel like there’s limited space to answer. Maybe that’s why an author plunges their hand into the bag of ‘why’ and pulls only one of the reason out. It’s unfortunate because an author who answers ‘I do it for the love of words’ one time and says ‘to pay the bills’ a few months later can get labeled as a hypocrite. Then the backtracking occurs even though they were correct both times. It might even be that reasons change.
Personally, I write because I love writing and enjoy sharing my stories. That’s the main reason and I think every person has a core reason. Other answers come about to connect to the core, so I can’t really ignore them. I do want to make enough money to live on with my writing. Through this, I can continue writing full-time and more of my stories can come to light. I won’t deny that part of me wants to leave a literary legacy behind as well, which is why I’m trying to create a vast world with Windemere. Only one series that I have planned will appear outside of Windemere and only because it’s in outer space. This could change if I feel that I’m not up to tackling science-fiction due to my lack of science knowledge and desire to explain the inner workings of some tech. Finally, I truly can’t see myself doing anything except writing. So, it boils down to:
- Love of writing.
- Desire to bring escapist joy to others.
- Leaving a legacy.
- Don’t know any better.
So, one could say that it really isn’t a simple, cut-and-dry answer for me. Though that’s just me. I’ve met people who really do boil down to a single reason such as ‘easy way to make money’, ‘easy way to get famous’, or ‘I have a story to tell’.
What are your reasons for taking on the mantle of author/writer?