Some Reasons Why I Write

I write because I cannot not write. I have voices in my head that won’t leave me alone. They want their voice heard, their story told.

I write because I hope others will relate to my characters. I want my words to resonate with them, so they feel less alone.

I write because I fell in love with writing. And every day I fall more in love. I’m reminded time and time again why I started.

I write for myself. For my own sake and sanity.

I write to find who I am. I’d be lost without writing.

I write to make sense of what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling. I don’t always know what I think until I get my thoughts down.

I write because it’s challenging. I like the challenge of creating. I want to push my creativity and expand my imagination.

I write to document and to record the moments I want to remember.

I write so I don’t forget. So I have a reminder of where I’ve been.

I write even when I don’t know what to say. Eventually, I figure out what I do.

I write because I believe the power of words. The right ones can change the world.

I write because I can. I’m lucky enough to be able to.

I write what I want. I get to make my own rules and break them if I so choose.

I write because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else in the world and enjoying it half as much.


Why You Should Date Or Marry A Writer

  • They know how to dispose of bodies.
  • They’ve memorized the meanings of random names.
  • They clean as a way to procrastinate.
  • They’re friends with other writers.
  • They tell real and fictional stories.
  • They’ll listen when you talk.
  • They want to go to bookstores.
  • They give people space.
  • They have the best taste.
  • They don’t have a sleeping schedule.

Reasons Why Writers Abandon Stories

I apologize to all the stories I’ve abandoned. Here’s why.

A new, shiny idea comes along. Then I proceed to follow the glittery trail of a new idea. It’s hard coming back to old stories, especially when I fall in love with another one. Or even when I fall out of love with old projects.

I don’t know what happens next. Thanks to my non-existent outlines. Worse, my characters are lost too. Maybe I’d also benefit from doing character sketches.

I just need a break. Stories can get too real, too fast. Some distance is called for. Certain stories exhaust me.

I get bored. I love the honeymoon phase when I start a novel and everything’s novel. Pun very much intended. But once the novelty wears off, I jump ship.

I’m overwhelmed. Fortunately or perhaps unfortunately, I endeavour to write great, epic works.

I prioritize something else. I love writing. But at times, other things take precedence. And even though it’s important to me, my well-being is too.

I move on. There’s nothing wrong with that. I learn all I can from one specific story and go forth into the world to do bigger, better things. Let go. Move on. I rather not stay in one spot forever.


Why Writers Make The Best Roommates

Writers know a lot of things non-writers don’t. Like how to dispose of a body.

They clean. Almost always to avoid editing. Writers will dust the whole house from top to bottom, and do it twice over if it means putting off edits just a little bit longer.

Writers won’t invade your privacy. They’ll respect your space so long as you respect theirs. On second thought, they might not if there’s a story to be told.

They make great conversationalists. Writers will “listen” to you while thinking about their work in progress.

Writers are low maintenance. They just need to eat and write.

They tell the best stories. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll start to cry. Best of all, that’s free entertainment you won’t get anywhere else.

Writers take you with them to cool places. A writer only leaves the house for good reason.

They have good taste in books. Their shelves speak for themselves.

Writers know their way around keyboard shortcuts. Which makes your life so much easier.

They’ll introduce you to everything you need to know about writing. Hello, em dash and epistrophe.

Writers could be comedians. If you haven’t been blessed by their humour, you’re missing out.

They won’t let you experience a boring day. There’s never a dull moment around a writer.


Why You Should Never Anger A Writer

Writers will kill you in a story. Beforehand, you’re already dead to them. Afterwards, you’re even more dead. First, you’re going to suffer. So you should have behaved better.

They are passive aggressive creatures. Brace yourself.

Writers have the memory of an elephant. They remember everything, right? You might forget, yet the writer hasn’t.

They come up with brilliant plans. Of course, they execute them too. You’ll never know what hit you until it hits you.

Writers fight back. Hard.

They know a lot of people. If you mess with one, you mess with an entire village.

Writers use your antics as inspiration. They will publish that story and make millions.

They are patient enough to watch karma come full circle. They’ll grab some popcorn and enjoy themselves with until the show begins.


Why Writers Make Great Partners

Writers make you sound smart. Besides, there’s no better way to expand your vocabulary than being in the company of a wizard.

They could be stand-up comedians. Ready to laugh until you have a six-pack?

Writers love to listen. Better yet, they won’t interrupt you. They’re way too busy thinking about a plot hole to cut you off.

They can hold a conversation. In fact, writers enjoy asking questions, so be ready to answer. What’s your biggest secret? What’s your biggest fear? What’s your biggest dream?

Writers are walking dictionaries. And thesauruses. They can tell you the definition of a word faster than you can look it up on your phone.

They’ll spew random facts when you least expect it. Every day is like Christmas then.

Writers aren’t that hard to please. Leave them alone while they’re writing and you’re already in their good books. Throw in some food, and they’ll love you forever.

They remember everything. Mainly because they tend to write stuff down. You won’t forget your aunt’s birthday ever again.

Writers write about you. They might acknowledge your awesomeness. They may even dedicate their next book to you.

They notice everything. Whether or not they let on is a different story.


Why I Hate Outlining

Outlining isn’t writing. I’m a writer, not an outliner. Besides, I love writing, not outlining.

It drives me insane. Outlining might as well be the bane of my existence.

Outlining takes time. I could spend those hours writing instead. Besides, we only have 24 hours every day. I can’t afford to spend half of it on an outline.

An outline doesn’t guarantee anything. When my plans fall through, I’m back at square one.

My characters take one look at my outline and proceed to do the exact opposite. I bet they laugh at me behind my back too.

It requires a certain mood. I almost never want to outline.

Outlining isn’t fun. At least writing is some of the time.

I don’t follow my outlines. The one time I did, I didn’t finish my novel. That manuscript has been rotting away for years now.

It can lead you down rabbit holes. You might not recognize you need to be saved until it’s too late.

Outlining doesn’t work for everybody. Exhibit A: me.

Some teachers want you to hand in outlines. I wrote my essay first and then created an outline later. Because I’m a rebel.

I dread the thought of outlining almost as much as I do driving. You just never know what might happen.

Outlining puts off writing. We all know writers are masters at procrastinating.

Outline for too long and you have one day to write and edit your final essay. Good luck.

It can be inefficient. Which is unproductive. As a student writer, I need all the productivity I can get.

Outlining will never compare to writing. I’d rather edit than outline. What has the world come to? I’ll pick the lesser of two evils, thank you very much.

I’m sort of, kind of joking. Seriously, I don’t hate outlining that much.


Why Editing Is Hard Work

Even though I love writing, I don’t know if I love editing.

It’s messy. It’s hard work. And that’s why I’m a hardcore procrastinator anytime I have to make my first drafts better.

I tend to leave comments telling other bloggers their poem or post is well-written. Maybe what I really ought to say is they’re well-edited. After all, first drafts are ugly. How do you make them beautiful? You clean them. Fix the mistakes, the errors.

How time-consuming, huh? I’d argue that sometimes it takes more time to edit than it does to write. At least in my experience.

I don’t know if I’d call myself a perfectionist, but I am quite particular with words. I’m constantly looking for a better one.

With writing, I try not to worry about being perfect. I focus as much as I can on getting my thoughts or ideas down. Dump the contents on my mind onto the page.

I’ve gotten better at separating writing from editing. They’re two separate processes. They’re tough enough to do on their own. So imagine trying to write and edit at the same time.

I procrastinate editing for obvious reasons. It’s a lot of work, especially if I know I wrote an exceptionally terrible first draft.

I think editing requires more energy than writing. Maybe energy isn’t the right word. Editing asks more, demands more. You need to be alert and attentive rather than divide your attention or try to multi-task.

I like writing later in the day when I’m tired. In the mornings, I feel more awake, less exhausted, so I’ll edit. Besides, I catch mistakes better when my eyes aren’t threatening to close on me.

Just like writing, editing in my opinion is toughest at the start, usually right before you begin. But the more you edit, the better your piece will be. And the closer you’ll get to being done with editing and moving back into the magical phase of writing.

Do you find editing hard? If so, why?