- You’re a sadist.
- You like learning.
- You love writing.
- You hate everything else.
- You’re bad at things that don’t involve words.
- You enjoy creating characters.
- You enjoy building worlds.
- You don’t know what you’d do with your life without writing.
- You rise to the challenge of putting words down on the page.
- You think writing is your calling.
- You need to escape from the horrors of the real world and retreat to another one.
- You feel bad before you write.
- You feel like a boss while writing.
- You feel better after having written.
- You rather write than pay for therapy.
- You rather write a story than read one.
- You write on your own terms.
- You want to be published.
- You want to prove people wrong.
- You don’t care if no one reads your work.
- You don’t care if everyone reads your work.
- You don’t want to quit writing.
I write for many reasons. Here are three:
- To kill time. If I couldn’t write, I don’t know how I would spend 24 hours a day every day. But because I do write, 24 is not enough. It’s never enough.
- To kill characters. I hope you read the previous sentence the way I meant it. To kill characters who are based on people I don’t like in real life. Trust me when I say there are many.
- To kill my soul. Writing has taken me to dark places I didn’t know I needed to go. But I’m glad I did.
I’m going to assume you write. Why do you?
- Feel guilty about starting a project you promised you’d finish but never did?
- Remember an old story you started and somehow finished several years ago?
- Have long conversations with your characters to learn more about their lives?
- Wonder what your characters would do if they were in the situation you’re currently in?
- Dream about your stories being turned into films or TV shows but all those stories only exist in your head?
- Imagine talking about your published novel with other people even though the novel in question isn’t written, much less published?
There are many reasons why I read and maybe even more reasons why you read.
By no means is this an extensive list. Just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Also, the list is in no particular order.
- To pass time.
- To escape real life.
- To lose myself in a story.
- To learn about different cultures, ideas, etc.
- To have fun.
- To be inspired.
- To practice empathy.
- To cure my boredom.
- To relax and unwind.
- To improve my writing.
- To remember I’m not alone.
- To give my body a break.
- To stimulate my mind.
- To encounter new characters and worlds.
- To get away from screens and technology.
Why do you read? Feel free to answer that question silently. Or loudly. Do as you please.
Happy whatever you’re celebrating this time of year.
Happy reading, writing, and blogging.
Happy reading books and people.
Happy writing characters while being surrounded by individuals with character.
Happy blogging about wishing bloggers happy holidays on your blog and then wishing them the same on their blog.
Happy new year.
Do you ever…
- have a great idea for a new story?
- get so caught up in said story that you lose track of time?
- develop your characters only to fall in love with them little by little?
- think of witty banter between said characters?
Isn’t writing the best?
I use the word “problems” lightly. Like I do with most words.
First off, I can’t seem to write the novel I’m working on in a linear fashion. It’s a mess. Much like my whole life. I started in the midst of things, and now I’m telling some much needed backstory. I think my mind is just trying to piece together events or moments in a coherent yet jumbled manner. Good job brain.
Have I ever mentioned that I rarely outline? Outlining isn’t a skill I’ve acquired, much less mastered. So I don’t know what happens next. I don’t even have a concrete ending. I just sit down and write whatever comes to mind. Even if it doesn’t make sense. Especially when it doesn’t.
I love my characters. I just don’t know them as well as I’d like. Up until today I didn’t have a surname for my main character. I do now. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll find out what she does for a living. Because right now the only thing she’s doing is driving me insane.
These are nice problems to have. Don’t you think?
It’s been a week already? Wow, times flies by when you should be writing but you aren’t. Clearly I have yet to correct my procrastinatory ways.
Time really flies by when you’re writing or thinking about writing. I’ve done more of the latter because it’s easier.
Here’s where I am…
I have no idea what’s going on. My protagonist doesn’t either. Although she probably knows more than I do.
I don’t know if I can sustain my story much longer. I’m sure my characters won’t leave me alone if I abandon them though.
I am confused. Like everyone else I’ve created this month.