Why Do We Write?

handwriting-1939130_960_720It took me a long time to realize that writing was my gift. I did it when I was young for fun, writing a newsletter for my family. It evolved into therapy when I was learning to cope, living with an abusive father. After learning how to fight my demons through writing, I started writing to change the world one life at a time by sharing my experiences, exploring the beauty I see in everything, and creating positive anecdotes.

So why do many of us write? We all write for a number of reasons. Most writers don’t do it for fame. Writing to some, is a euphoric experience; once we clear our minds of the thoughts simmering there. Writing can help us learn about life and ourselves. Here are a few reasons other authors need to write:

The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising… and it’s magic and wonderful and strange.

-Neil Gaiman

..all writing is about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.

-Stephen King

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

-Ernest Hemingway

Writers write about what obsesses them. You draw those cards. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I’m writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is.

-Anne Rice

I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can’t be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head.

 – Sylvia Plath

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.

– George Orwell

Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.

– Harper Lee

 

Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.

– Anaïs Nin

SOURCES:

http://flavorwire.com/303590/15-famous-authors-on-why-they-write

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/03/27/why-i-write-23-quotes-famous-authors/


20161107_133412-2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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