“Why Do You Write?”

May 7, 2015

IMG_1077I can never give a clear answer to the question, “Why do you write?”

For me, writing is a stress reliever. It helps to jot down my feelings whenever something stimulating happens in my life, good and bad.

I write because I admire honesty. And I write because not many people can handle that honesty aloud.

I write when the spoken word is simply not enough. Getting my thoughts down on paper (or in Word documents) helps me to better understand myself, others, and the torments/joys we impose on one another every single day.

I write because my computer and pen don’t judge me. And I write because I can retract. We cannot take back anything we say or do. Life has no BACKSPACE.

I write to tell stories outside of my own. When souls from other realms ceaselessly tap their little hands on my shoulders and pick at my brain…begging to be born…begging to have their stories told. I am slave to them. I always do as they wish.

I write to challenge the rules. Ellipses, I have been taught, are always a no-no.

I write to remember. I write to forget.

But I suppose this all boils down to having some kind of release.

For some people it is work, for others it is weed.

But in my case it always has been, and always will be, writing.

So, what about you? Why is it that you write?

© Scappiamo, 2015

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10 comments

  1. I didn’t start writing until I was in my early thirties. I wrote then as a form of therapy, because I couldn’t communicate what I was feeling inside to the outside world. I think I’m still like that. I write better than I can speak.

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  2. Souls from other realms gently tapping your shoulders for the privilege of being born is a great reason to write, dear Shana… If you ask me, why I write, I would respond saying it is as futile as asking a flower why it blooms? I write because of the urge to be, in just the same way as the flower blooms to be part of nature’s colour…

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    • Thank you, Raj. I’ve always loved fiction writing, and my characters have had me at their beck and call for years now. 🙂 I love your comparison of writing to a blooming flower. That’s a beautiful (and most genuine) reason to write. Very nicely put.

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    • The beauty of storytelling is that as long as we share them, we may keep them alive! So long as they are preserved, our families will cherish our stories for generations to come. 🙂

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  3. For me,writing is part of my identity, my personality…what makes me , well, me! Every time I write I feel liberated and proud of who I am and in those wondrous words I am engraving on paper. It’s a way of keeping track of all the aspects of my life and organizing all the jumbled thoughts in my head that have no other way out. Thanks for the article Shana!

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