Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why Do You Write?

I was asked yesterday why I love so much to write, and that got me thinking.  Sure I could say it is a cathartic release or even a way to expel all my pent up creative energy.   I love telling stories and weaving completely new worlds. But even though all that is true, I think the answer I gave her was the purest.

Every time I put pen to paper, I get to reinvent myself.  Each time I create a world and build the characters that will make it spin, every thread, every first kiss, every single word spoken . . . I get to live it.   

Mind you, these lives we pour out on paper only exist in our creative minds, but building them is like living a total separate life for a few hours a day.

So tell me, why do you write?

15 comments:

  1. Because I spend too much time making up stories, and they really should go somewhere.

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  2. yup, what Liz said. I think stuff up all the time.

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    1. I know what you mean -- it's like are minds are constantly on overdrive.

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  3. I love living in my fantasy worlds, even for a short time. I write to get the stories out of my head.

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    1. Problem is once you get one story out of your mind, another one pops up :)

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  4. I often write to escape to a world where I want to be, rather than the one I am actually in. Same reason I read or watch movies. It's all about the escape.

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    1. And escape you do. You create amazing new worlds with your stories, ones that I want to live in forever!

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  5. I write because it's just what I've been doing for the last 28 years. Ever since I learnt how to write at 4 years old, one year after reading came full-blown, writing stories came naturally to me. It's like breathing.

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  6. I write because I have to.

    If I tried to keep these stories inside, I'd probably explode into a spray of crimson confetti. ;)

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  7. I write because it's creative and artistic. But it's craft, too, which can be exhausting. It just feels so good when it's done and it's shining and it's mine. :-D

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  8. I love your reason stated up there. :)

    As for the question, my answer is - I write because I want to and I would be miserable if I couldn't. I know my characters are fictional, but maaan they feel real to me!

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  9. Um...hello, my therapist told me too. It keeps the voices at bay. Seriously though, writing can be therapeutic. It's a wonderful release and I love creating new worlds, and new characters. And...and writing is a great way to meet new people like you and Mare. Good stuff.

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  10. Because it gives me more opportunities to bother you:) JK. I write because I love it and I'm not sure what other horrible habits I'd pick up if I stopped.

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