This evening’s topic is Why I write.
I write because it is something that has always been in me to do. I can clearly remember the first story I ever wrote. It was in second grade. The assignment was to write about an inanimate object. So I chose to write a story about a throw rug. From the throw rug’s POV. I wrote about the good things and the bad things that happened to it and what it observed from its place on the floor in front of the door. It was supposed to be a legal pad page long. I made it to be about 3/4 of the page, so at the bottom I drew a smiling rug.
I believe I still have it tucked away somewhere on my shelf filled with everything I’ve ever written. After that I turned to writing stories about horses. Then I started writing about couples falling love and relationships and the ins and outs of that.
In junior high, I started what became a ten year long journal of sorts. I wrote a story about five different couples and how they were all friends. How they dealt with life, falling in love and eventually becoming parents and still maintaining their friendships. While the story was fictional, I found myself writing into the story lines parts of my own life, so it became like a journal. I was never comfortable with actually keeping a diary or a journal, so I managed to combine journal writing with my fictional story. I wrote that story ongoing for nearly ten years. I filled up over 30, five subject notebooks. My current novel was a spin off out of those stories.
If I go too long without writing, I feel like I lose a part of myself. I have an urge to write everyday even if I only have time to write a few lines or a paragraph. I have always preferred to write out by hand first. Then I go to the computer. While typing I will edit as I go and make changes to the story.
With blogging, I find that I can write directly on the computer first after mentally organizing what I would like to say.
Why I write is because it is my way of expressing how I feel and think about the world around me. It allows me to freely say what and how I want. Like most artists, I am an introvert. In new situations, I am more likely to stay quiet and observe rather than interact. If someone talks to me, I will respond. I struggle with making the first move. With writing, I am free to say anything I want or need.
Why I write allows me to live out my dreams and wishes through my characters. I get to invent places and worlds that I want to live in. I can explore the ups and downs of human and animal natures.
Why I write is because it is my very soul. When I write, I feel complete. I have the best imaginary friends possible within the people I create in my head. They control me as much as I control them. I may want them to go one direction, but they want to take me in the opposite direction.
Why I write is because it is my passion, my love. I look forward to the ideas that develop in my head and then seeing them take shape on paper or computer screen. Writing means the world to me.