Why Write?

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How I Decided to Pursue My Passion for Writing.

I wrote this article during my very first freelancing gig, and while I hope my writing skills have improved since then, many of the reasons I began writing still apply today. 

Do you write? If so, why?



Why Do I Want to Write? 

by Susan Foster published on Yahoo Contributor Network on Dec 4, 2013

I am a nurse, wife, and mother who, - until a decade ago - never gave being an author even a thought. I was content with my days full of work, volunteering, and family. I never even acknowledged that writing was a skill I was proficient at and enjoyed. Recently though, I have spent time wondering if I should commit more effort to writing. But why?

I never really have written much. I excelled in my English classes and always did well on written assignments. I enjoy the process of writing, but I am not the type of person who keeps a daily journal or even writes with any regularity. In fact, I have always found much more pleasure in reading than writing. For years, the most writing I have done has been our family holiday letter. Whenever I do write, however, I always feel fulfilled.

Why now?

A few years ago, I had an idea for a plot and considered writing a novel. That led me to wonder if I have the ability and talent to be a writer. Self-doubt and other obligations stood in the way, but my ambitions grew and now I am ready to devote a serious amount of time to the craft of writing.

What are the Reasons People Choose to Write? What are mine?

I have been a stay-at-home mom for long enough that I have no real desire to go back to my old career. Is writing really an avenue I could pursue? Am I talented enough? Could I try to make money writing, or should I just write as a hobby? What type of writing is it that I want to do?

People write for many reasons:

    • To communicate an idea.
    • To express their creativity.
    • For the therapeutic benefits it provides.
    • To tell a story.
    • To change something.
    • To create a legacy (thoughts in writing can outlive the writer).
    • For themselves or an audience (so others may read what they write, or in fear that someone will!)
    • To generate income.
    • Because they want to - some even say because they "have to."

Every writer has a unique set of reasons as to why they write. Many writers would simply ask: "Why not?"

I question myself:

    • Is it the actual writing process that I desire?
    • The glamour of having the reputation of being an author?
    • The appeal of creating income from my home, on my own time, being my own boss?

I deliberate as to whether my motives are justifiable reasons to channel my time and energy into writing? What is the best way to begin?

Should I become a writer?

There is only one way to find out. I have begun to write. 


... and I haven't stopped! I learned a lot of things the hard way and it is my hope that this website will help other writers learn from my successes and mistakes.


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