At a recent book signing event, I was asked, “Why do you write?” With the millions of books out there, most of which will never reach beyond 500 sales, I guess that’s a legitimate question to ask any writer. Authors spend countess hours writing, with little to no hope of making a substantial amount of money for their writing. It is pretty unlikely that a writer will earn a living or become famous through their craft, so if you are writing with hopes of bringing in big bucks, I hate to burst your bubble. There really are no significant monetary rewards gained from writing.
I think the answer to this question is personal. Writers write for various reasons, and the writing experience is different for each of us. For me, I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t write. Writing is a part of me, and I can’t imagine not writing.
I write because I love to write.
I write because there’s a story that needs to be told, that inner voice inside my head that has something to say.
I write because often times the written word says what spoken words cannot.
I write to touch lives. Somewhere in the world, someone is experiencing the same challenges my characters are facing. I write to encourage and inspire my readers.
I write to breathe easy for a while. Life can get stressful sometimes. Frustrating things happen. People say or do things that bring about discord. What better way to push the craziness aside than to write about it?
I write to open doors. Writing expresses thoughts and feelings. Not everyone in the world sees things the way I do, and not everyone holds the same opinion I have. But writing allows thoughts to be expressed and doors to be opened that might have otherwise remained closed.
I write to be the characters I am not and experience lives I don’t have.
I write because I have to write. Writing is a huge part of my life and a part of who I am. I write because I’m a writer.
“Why do you write?” What would you say if someone approached you and asked you that question? Share your thoughts.