Getting Back to Your Roots
WHY Do You Write?
Have you ever been asked this question:
Why do you write?
Or more importantly, have you ever asked yourself that?
A fellow writer, Debbie LaCroix, posed this question to herself on her blog and it got me to thinking.
WHY do I write?
For me it is a number of things:
- My love of stories since I was a child.
My papa told me stories all the time. I’m sure most of you have heard of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or Jack and the Beanstalk, or The Three Pigs, want me to keep on??? BUT you might not have heard of The Three Frogs or The Three Lightning Bugs. Those were my Papa’s stories, those were the ones that I began my writing journey with. (If they do sound familiar, it is because THIS is where Ribbert and Liddil came to be.)
- Ideas and concepts that come into mind.
I find that little things, ordinary things, things taken for granted will turn into an adventure in my head. Then I discover characters and characteristics, and twists with turns, and then -hopefully- the happy ending. It is amazing how many ideas surround us, if we only take the time to listen, look, feel.
- Wanting to make a difference.
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword.
Y-E-S! Words can heal, can cut, can reach out, can silence, can make us feel deeper than we ever thought we could. I can’t tell you the times I have shed tears over a character or rooted them on into victory. There are times when I can’t sleep after reading something. There have been times when I would sneak off into my closet to turn the light on because I couldn’t put the book down in the middle of the night.
Words, books, let us know we are not alone and can close the gap.
- The voices in my head won’t hush.
I admit it. Yes, writers are the only people who can say we hear voices in our head and NOT have people worried about us.
- It is like breathing. If I tried to stop, I would die inside.
This is the most profound statement I can make. I don’t choose to write words, the words have chosen me. People have callings… to be a doctor/nurse, to be a policeman, or a teacher. I have a calling to be a writer and it is my job to do it properly.
Those are some of my reasons. At least the first 5 that came into mind. It won’t be the same for everyone, but then again everyone has their own story to tell.
What are yours?
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