Back when I first decided to start this crazy blogging endeavor, there were a lot of reasons behind it, one of which was inspiration from a blog I found while searching for information about Dia Frampton and Archis. That blog was “Beauty Within” by Rachel Cauilan. While exploring her blog, I came across an article she wrote that really got me thinking about the same topic: why I write. Click the link below to check out the original article:
In her blog, she makes a very bold statement that struck a chord within me: “I find that nothing is worth writing unless you are doing it for yourself.” The moment I read that line, I realized how true it was.
Certainly we as writers wish to have our stories presented to others, and I believe that everyone who writes wishes to present it to others for their own reasons. But when you write for yourself, for your reasons, the results resonate beautifully! Like Rachel said in her blog, people can feel your passion.
While her article was specific to writing a blog, I believe this is a truth in all forms of writing: blogging, fiction, poetry, music, even news articles. There’s probably a science behind it all, word usage, sentence structure, punctuation, all that jazz, but there is no mistaking that when someone is passionate about their writing, you just know it!
Which brings me to the core of this article:
Why I Write
This question is not a simple one for me to answer, because there is no single answer. To say “because I love to write” is true, but an altogether too simple of an answer.
There are selfish reasons, to be sure. I’ve always loved reading other works, getting to essentially live in another person’s fictional world for a time. So to me, writing is my chance to create my own worlds, my own universes, where I get to make the rules, and what happens is what I want to happen. I have a very vivid imagination, so when I imagine these new worlds, I can see them as if they were real!
That means I get to explore these new worlds as well. That might sound strange, you might be asking “But you created these worlds, what’s to explore? You already know everything about it!” Well no, I really don’t. Take for example my novels, The Sword of Dragons. Not long ago I finished writing the 2nd novel, and I took the characters to two entirely new continents, as well as to cities on the 1st continent that they had never been to before. When I started the series, I knew the basic geography of the entire world, I knew what major cities existed on which continents, and I knew about the major geological features.
But what I didn’t know were the details, the nuances! And even more importantly, the people that lived in those new places! Better still, when I am writing about a character seeing a new location for the first time, I am not only seeing that place for the first time in my mind’s eye, but I am seeing it through that character’s eyes!
Which brings me to another bonus feature: getting to know new people! …Ok, stop looking at me like my crazy. ;) Seriously, though, creating new characters is a fun and engaging activity for me, especially because once they are developed enough in my head, they really do take on a life of their own. And as I present them with ever-changing circumstances and events, I get to explore how they react. By deciding how they react, I get to know them better.
All of this comes together to form entertaining stories that one day many will get to read. But why, you ask? If I get so much out of writing for myself, why present my works to others?
For starters, because I have to. I feel compelled to share these stories with others. I always have, its one of the reasons I created a fan fiction series back in 1999, and ran it for 7 years straight writing 70 short stories!
But beyond just that urge, there is the desire to share with others the gift that fiction has given me. I know I’ve written about this before, in my “About” page here on the blog as well as in my first article: stories have captured my imagination and inspired me in so many ways throughout my entire life!
When life was tough, I could escape into a novel. I learned important lessons early in my life thanks to fiction. And while I had plenty of real-life role models, some of the ones in fiction were equally instrumental in shaping me in my youth (and not just written fiction, Captain Picard was definitely a big influence in my youth!)
I have a gift for writing, and it isn’t one I want to waste. I want to give back to the world what fiction has given to me! I want to inspire others in ways I can’t even imagine yet! I want to instill a sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity within others, to help them to feel hope when they otherwise could not find it, to shine a light on what might otherwise seem like a bleak and dreary world!
This is why I write. This is who I am. And while obstacles may stand in my way (such as a recent bout of writer’s block), it will never change. I write because it is who I am.