Why do Writers Write?
Since man realized that they could communicate with one another one could say that in a way the seed for writing was planted. Later man would learn to etch and paint leaving stories for future generations to read.
The paintings left in caves many years ago may represent fact or fiction often a bit of both; what will remain in part a mystery is why they “wrote”. We wonder what compelled them to tell the stories, was it to remember? To communicate what they had done? Was it to plan an attack or teach their children how to hunt? We also wondered why their modern day counterparts write; so we asked them!
Over 100 Published Authors told us Why Writers Write
Article by Charles J Deguara He can be contacted on cj @ ipopnetwork . com
Why do Writers Write? 30% of Writers write to Educate, Influence & Help Others
In effect this is the most common reason why writers write; whilst we did separate the reasons to ensure we paint an honest picture of the data collected; most authors expressed these three reasons for writing.
Each and every author that listed influence as their main drive wanted to be a positive influence; education is a way to help others and well “help others” as a reason is self explanatory. Below you can find the actual break down by the major reasons why writers write.
How we found out Why Writers Write
As is the case with all research, it is important to explain how we reached the end results. Our first step was asking over 100 published authors why they write. Their answers where quite detailed, many explaining events that took place to make them write; as well as explaining their reasoning. Many authors (37 to be exact) also gave us more than one reason why they write, so we made sure to include their secondary reasons. We used a weighting system to get a fair percentage on the secondary reasons they have for writing. Authors being authors employed their extensive vocabularies to describe similar reasons in different ways; we simplified their responses into the segmentation you can see in the chart.
Below we elaborate a little on each of the reasons why writers write.
15% of Writers write as a way to express themselves.
By expression we mean the intention to express an emotion, idea, feeling, concept and thought.
Why Writer Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Romance”) Writes http://www.tinatessina.com/
As I work with my clients, I develop exercises and explanations to help them improve their lives and relationships. Writing books gives me a chance to express these ideas, to have them in written form for my clients, and also to reach people who can’t come to my counseling office.
Why Writer Brant Waldeck Writes Brantwaldeck.com
I write primarily for two reasons:
1. It’s a great outlet for creative expression. I often wake up in the wee hours of the morning with story ideas that I just have to get out. My subconscious makes it impossible for me not to write. The ideas will keep nagging me until I get them written down.
2. I write to inspire kids. I try to write books that are fast paced. My goal is to keep every kid interested in the story…even those kids that don’t like to read. I was actually one of those kids, so I can fully relate to them.
13% of Writers Write because they have to!
Authors expressed this feeling in many ways, we included authors that blatantly claimed they could not survive if they did not write as well as authors that stated that writing was intrinsic to their identity and to some extent a part of their DNA.
Why Writer Cynthia MacGregor Writes www.cynthiamacgregor.com Over 100 published books (All Traditionally Published)
It’s who I am. It’s what I love. I even write for fun on top of writing for a living. I couldn’t NOT write. I need to write like I need to breathe, to eat, it’s vital to me.
Why Writer Raegan Payne Writes www.thegoodmuse.com
I write because I have to. For plays, I will get an idea or character in my brain – almost fully formed and then I have to get them out on paper or they will stop me from sleeping.
13% of Writers Write to Help Others
This was probably the clearest reason as to why writers write. Interlinking heavily with influencing and educating; however most authors were clear in their response. Whilst they achieve helping others by influencing and educating, this group of authors write to help first and foremost.
Why Writer Rita Gigante Writes https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRitaGigante
I chose to write because of the experiences I faced growing up in an environment that was very suppressing, oppressing, racial, secretive, etc. There were many lies, secrets and deceit that were a part of my family life as well. I also was dealing with my sexuality and coming out as a gay woman. This was not going over well in an Italian, Catholic Family with a father who was the boss of the Genovese Crime Family in Manhattan. Regardless of who my dad was, I experienced many hurtles that people could relate to and wanted to share my experience with them so as to help them in any way I could.
Why Writer Becky Dennis Writes www.bdbrainwreck.com
Why I wrote “Brain Wreck,” a top-rated seller on Amazon? To help others overcome the long journey for diagnosis for a rare illness, to equip patients for how to advocate for themselves and to share my story to help others with the cards life deals. My book is a memoir that’s being recognized in the medical community as well as circulated among survivors of rare illnesses.
11% of Writers Write to Educate
The written word has been the source of education since the very beginning of writing.
Why Writer & Publisher Bruce Hurwitz Writes www.linkedin.com/in/brucehurwitz/
I have always written in order educate. It’s the academic in me. But my last book, A Hooker’s Guide to Getting a Job, was written to also fill a need. In this case, the need was for a simple, straight forward, no-nonsense guide for job seekers (with a humorous edge).
Why Writer Trudy Scott Writes http://www.everywomanover29.com/
I write so I can have an impact and make a difference in the world. I am on a mission to educate women about the very powerful connection between food and mood and by writing I can reach a wider audience.
8% of Writers Write because of their imagination
These writers have whole worlds going on inside their heads and they want to share their imagination and creativity with readers, their highly active imagination allows most of them to write naturally and unhindered.
Why Writer Adrienne Monson Writes http://www.adriennemonson.com/
I’ve been living inside my head since I was a child. I don’t have a long attention span, and when I was bored in class, my mind would drift to some world from my imagination – rich with characters and conflict.
Why Writer Harrison Cheung Writes http://www.bale-biography.com (Harrison Cheung lived with “Batman” Christian Bale for over 10 Years)
In general, I love to exercise my imagination when I’m working on my novels. These are worlds that are escapes from my day job!
6% of Writers Write to Influence
The reason was actually most frequently a secondary reason for many authors. Had we not given the second reasons a lower weighting the percentage would have gone up to 12%.
Why Writer Charles J Deguara Writes http://www.authorspromoter.com
I write to entertain and to be a positive influence.
6% of Writers Write because they were influenced by authors they read.
These writers were influenced by the magic of other authors and could not help but become writers themselves as a natural progression. Some authors even consider it a way of paying tribute. There was a high frequency of third reasons with lower weighting that is represented in the chart as 5% reading this is not included in the 6% and is a separate figure representative of different authors.
Why Writer Matt Betts Writes www.mattbetts.com
I’ve always been a fan of books. I grew up in a home where pretty much everyone read a lot. There were always tons of books around and as I got older, it seemed natural to start telling stories of my own. The reading prepped me for how stories work, what their guts look like, and how to make them memorable.
Why Writer Kevin Sharp Writes www.kevin-sharp.com
In a way, writing is a tribute to all the authors and works that have fed my imagination — it’s a “giving back” to the creative world for all it’s given me. I once got the following advice, which I think feeds into why many writers do this: Write the book/movie/play you’d want to read/see if you weren’t the creator. That sums up all I’ve ever done.
10% of Writers Write are not only Passionate about writing and find it to be; Therapeutic and Pleasurable.
This 10% is actually segmented into to 5% blocks however the reasons are closely related and therefore can in certain cases be combined together. Once again in our efforts to be precise we separated the reasons accordingly.
5% of Writers Write because it is a passion and pleasure.
Why Writer J. Douglas Porter Writes https://www.facebook.com/JDouglasPorter
Writing is a creative passion that gives me great pleasure. I enjoy living in the imaginary world of my characters and creating a world of my own making. it also forms an outlet for my urge to tell my professional life’s story, only told in novel form.
Why Writer M.K. Ducote Writes www.nakedpaddock.com
I write because writing is my passion. Since I was five years old, I have written short stories and loved escaping into fiction. Every day that I work on my fiction series, Naked Paddock, I’m happy at my desk. It took eight years of school, two law degrees (JD and LL.M) and a thriving law practice for me to realize that no other career would be able to entertain or sustain me like writing, so I put my legal career on the shelf and dedicated myself to writing full-time.
5% of Writers Write because it is Therapeutic
Why Writer Jesse C. Holder Writes www.jesseholder.us
The major influence and why I wrote those 216 pages is simply because it was good therapy and it was a away to tell a story in a different light. (I am a military humor writer. I wrote my first book, Chutes, Beer, & Bullets: Not Your Grandpa’s War Story while I was stationed in Iraq;)
3% of Writers Write primarily because it is a profession
Why Writer T. Lynn Adams Writes http://www.tlynnadams.com/
It’s a profession and also a passion. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. For most passionate writers the problem isn’t creativity, it’s time. Not writing, for most of us, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. How much do you read? As a journalist I read and research every day. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt in first grade when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell a creative story or record a real memory. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
2% of Writers Write primarily to Entertain
Why Writer Ron Glick Writes The Wizard In Wonderland
My first motivation though is to entertain – I take a great deal of pleasure from making others happy, and I use my writing as a means of pleasing others. I love to hear back from people who have read my books, and especially when I have succeeded in captivating them.
2% of Writers Write to Immortalize themselves or others, leaving a lasting mark on earth
Why Writer Rivka Cohen Writes
to leave behind a legacy so that those who did not survive will not be forgotten and those who are facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles, will have hope. (This answer was kindly provided by Bruce Hurwitz – Rivka Cohen’s Publisher)
2% of Writers Write for exposure and fame
Why Writer Ann Everett Writes www.anneverett.com
I have a distinct Texas speaking voice…lots of twang…and for many years I have done comedy programs for area businesses and non-profit organizations. Through those presentations, people suggested I write a book. I didn’t take their advice for many years, but finally did. Why do you write? Ann: This question could be answered so many ways, but something I read a long time ago sums it up for most writers, if they are willing to admit it or not. “I want to be known and I want to be remembered.”
Why Writer Thomas Smith Tom Kidd Writes www.WhichOneAmI.net
Some 30 years ago, my journalism was just another way to promote my music which was under the name Tom Kidd. As I outgrew the performing world
journalism became a way for me to remain involved with the music business. Little by little, that morphed into being able to become involved with social causes in which I believed; using my powers for good as it were. Of course, there was always that ego boost where I could tell myself I was doing something that mattered in the world and so I was therefore a person who mattered to the world.
2% of Writers Write because they were victims of circumstance
Why Writer Bruce Baker Writes http://www.got-snot.com.
I never ever intended to become an author. I had been working in the motion picture and television industry for over twenty years when I lost my job right after 9-11. The circumstances upset me so much that just to get it out of my head I wrote a fictionalized version of the events.
2% of Writers Write because of curiosity
We are certain that if we had interviewed more journalists we would have found this reason to be more prevalent in our study.
Why Writer Terry Persun Writes www.TerryPersun.com
Reading, my varied interests, my curiosity. Also, I found that when I wrote, I really enjoyed it.
Thank you to the over 100 authors that told us Why Writers Write!
This research would not be possible without all these awesome writers
Why Writer Theresa Coulter Writes – (I work as a freelance writer and illustrator in New York City and have written scripts for Tina Fey and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of whom remarked, “This girl is funny.”) http://www.theresacoulter.com/about
I write because I love books. I have so often felt alone and misunderstood and an author reaches in and grabs my hand through a book. She describes a feeling and then I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one that has ever felt that way. I want to do that for someone.
Why Writer Gregg Feistman Writes http://sbpra.com/GreggFeistman
I think it’s inherent in who I am, part of my DNA. I write because I have to, much like a painter paints, or a composer composes, it’s something we feel compelled to do.
Why Writer Frank Anthony Polito award-winning, New York-based novelist and playwright. Writes http://frankanthonypolito.blogspot.pt/
I write because there is nothing else I can do – well. For many years I was an actor.
Why Writer Karen R. Koenig Writes www.eatingnormal.com
I’m an international nonfiction author of four books on eating and weight, with a fifth due out in October. I also write articles, blogs, and songs, and have written unpublished novels and short stories and unproduced screenplays. Just had to find my niche.
Primarily, I write because it brings me enormous joy and is so satisfying. That goes for nonfiction, fiction and songs. The act of creation is such a high.
Why Writer Rebecca H. Jamison Writes www.rebeccahjamison.com
I’ve always loved to write. I think it helps me express my feelings and relieve stress. I wrote my first published book because I got an idea in my head, and I just had to get it out on paper. Now that I’m published, I keep writing out of obligation. Part of it is that I like earning money, but I also feel obligated to my readers and my publisher. When you get a letter from a fan, begging for another book, that’s very motivating. Writing is still fun for me, but it’s not always fun. Sometimes it’s just hard work.
Why Writer Elizabeth Lions Writes http://www.elizabethlions.com/
In 2009 I was diagnosed with cancer. I wrote and published the first book so that I could leave something behind greater than myself. Cancer is a game changer and I was clear that even if I got through it I will not live forever. In my head were solutions and hope for the fifteen million Americans that lost their job in the recession.
Why Writer C. Martin Stepp Writes http://cmartinstepp.wix.com/author
My desire to write started with the joy of reading. I went on to study English Literature in college. Some of my favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.
Why Writer Barry Maher Writes www.barrymaher.com
I started out as a novelist. At that point, I probably wrote for the reasons Freud gave, “wealth, fame and beautiful lovers,” none of which I achieved
(at least not because of my writing). Nowadays as a nonfiction author, I write because of the money or because I’m under contract or because I enjoy
the process, but most of all I write because I’ve actually got something I want to say.
Why Writer Heather Ostler Writes http://www.heatherostler.com/
Those books really changed things for me because I realized I liked reading. I often went with my mom to bookstores and spent hours pouring through fantasy novels. Soon my grades went up and I joined Honor’s English classes. The best part of all, however, was that I decided I wanted to be a part of the magic—I wanted to become a writer.
Why Writer Lillian Brummet Writes http://brumet.ca
I write to make my life seem like it has value – I desire to leave a lasting legacy, inspiring my readers with interesting content that will encourage them to lead a more conscious, proactive, positive and sustainable lifestyle.
Why Writer Dan Haight Writes www.flotillaonline.com
I write because I write because I write. I’m wired to be creative … if I don’t feed that need, my life goes to a dark place.
Why Writer Candace Talmadge Writes www.greenstoneofhealing.com
George Orwell wrote because he wanted to make the world a better place, and writing was his chosen way of trying to do so. That is my reason for writing, too,
Why Writer Jeffree Wyn Writes http://www.jeffreewyn.com/index/
I think any writer will tell you that it’s a need that goes to the depths of a writer’s soul. At least it’s that way for me. It’s in my DNA. I can no sooner not write, than not breathe. It’s that simple.
Why Writer JoAnna Oblander Writes
As the author of A Glimpse of Heaven, my impetus for writing was knowing that God expected that my story be shared with others. I have been blessed to know a few other wonderful authors. They have shared with me that they and others authors that they know write because they feel in their hearts that they are being “called” to write. One, in particular, after I expressed to her that I don’t like writing, shared with me that she does not like writing either. It is interesting to note that she now heads a publishing company and that she has written some great books. My book is non-fiction and most of the authors I know have also written non-fiction. However, even the authors that I know that have written novels frequently seem to write their stories to convey a lesson or a message that they compelled to share.
Why Writer Marcus Ruiz Evans Writes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUYRS3IE3Xc
Always wanted to write the definitive book on something. I read a book on Organizational dynamics that was an introduction, and remember being amazed that there was a whole field of study encapsulated in one huge book. I remember being “blown away” by Jared Diamond and “guns, germs, and steel”. He was trained outside of the field he wrote this book on, but his analysis was so new and expansive, that he established himself as a foundation of knowledge in the field of world politics and global economics.
Why Writer Joseph Picard Writes http://www.ozero.ca
Because there are stories to be told. In my case, mainly sci-fi, which starts with “wouldn’t it be cool IF…”
Why Writer Debbie A. McClure Writes http://www.damcclure.com/
Even when I went back to work at the end of the two weeks, I was pulled by something within myself to keep going. So, I got up extra early, and stayed at my computer long after my husband had gone to bed, to keep writing. I loved it. It became a driving need.
Why Writer Amy Tang Writes www.AuthorAmyTang.com
Writing to me is the same as eating, sleeping and breathing. It’s what keeps me alive. I write because there is so much joy in sharing my own unique voice and point of view. It’s my greatest desire to help inspire others. When I write anything – poems, articles, blog entries, play-shops, lectures, books, etc., I know am making a positive difference in this world and there’s a sense of fulfillment that comes with that!
Why Writer Brad Kuhn Writes www.bradkuhnandassociates.com
Met my wife at the house where Jack Kerouac was living when On the Road was published and where he wrote The Dharma Bums. She lived there as a writer in residence…
Anyway that’s the background. We write because we can’t “not” write. We wake up in the middle of the night and write. We compose poems everywhere and perform them occasionally.
Why Writer Kathleen Shaputis Writes www.shaputis.com
I have to write. My mind is filled with characters and curiosity. I’ve tried “not” writing off and on for years and I become a grouch with a capital G and very difficult to be around. I started writing in second grade, screenplays that were put on by the neighbor kids for our parents.
Why Writer Chip Street Writes ChipStreet.com
To tell stories about interesting people. I find it challenging to find the “story” even in the most mundane article, blog post, advertisement. – A love of reading, and by extension other writers (specifically Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein); My mother.
Why Writer Chef John Barnes Writes www.chefjohnb.blogspot.com
I want to share my excitement about food and I feel that writing is the best medium to share that love with.
Why Writer Heather Davis Writes http://www.minivan-momma.com
I write because I want my children, my family, to have a document of their antics. I also write because I want other mommas to know that it’s perfectly okay to not be perfect.
Why Writer Steffie Dawn Writes http://about.me/steffiedawn/#
I write because I enjoy it. I have a passion for writing, I get the most joy out of putting my fingers to the keyboard and telling a story of characters I’ve created and their worlds. I love each of my characters as if they were a member of my family, they’re almost real to me. I created them, from nothing they became something, they have a history, a present and a future all in my hands. It’s quite the power trip actually!
Why Writer Barbara Bergin Writes www.drbarbarabergin.com
I never wrote anything creative until I wrote my first novel, ENDINGS which was published in 2007. The idea for the book popped into my head and I felt compelled to write it down.
Why Writer Robert D. Sollars Writes www.sollarssecurityshield.com
I love to write! It’s simple as that. I love to write and I love to share the knowledge that I have in security and workplace violence. I understand it’s not a ‘valuable’ style of writing, but I do it anyway.
Why Writer Carol Gee, M.A. Writes www.venuschronicles.net
Writer John Stuart Mills once wrote, “No understanding of women would be possible until women themselves began to tell what they know.” This was the catalyst for my books, The Venus Chronicles and Diary of a ‘Flygirl’ Wannabe.
Why Writer Nancy Hand Writes http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NancyCat
I like to tell stories, generally there are components of humor & teaching
Why Writer Darrin Nordahl Writes www.darrinnordahl.com
To teach myself and others. When I find a certain subject fascinating, I read as much as I can about it. And the more I research, the more intrigued I become. But then I think, “Gosh, I bet others would find this fascinating, too.”
Why Writer Erica Glessing (Nelson) Writes www.EricaGlessing.com
I began writing when I was about 11 years old. I always write so I can inspire people to feel more happiness and joy; although some of my books are entrepreneurial also!
Why Writer Sarah Turitto Writes http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Turitto/e/B008TYX45M
My name is Sarah Turitto, and I write because I’m driven to write. Like an addiction, writing is a craving that demands satisfaction. If the desire to write is not fulfilled, it bursts forth as angry irritation.
Why Writer Sally J. Ling Writes sallyjling.com
I write because there are so many interesting stories to be told. Little known facts or events can be fascinating, when written in a compelling manner, and I love to introduce readers to these areas of Florida history.
Why Writer Sarah Sloboda Writes http://sarahsloboda.com
I find there is a flow of thought inside my head that I can simply tap into. I have practiced enough to have learned ways to allow this flow from my head to the page. Those thoughts, given the channel of writing, tend to take me further than I would’ve gone had I left them in my head. In other words, I write because I believe that the process of giving physical form to a thought takes that thought to a new level, where it can be built upon.
Why Writer Christopher L. Smith Writes www.SeekingShalom.org
I write because there are things that need to be said and I feel it is a way of being able to help others other than when I have direct interactions with them. It is a way of living into my calling in life.
Why Writer Alyson Mead Writes http://alysonmead.com/
Primarily, I’m fascinated by other people’s lives and personalities.
Why Writer Melanie Woodrow Writes https://twitter.com/WoodrowMelanie
I write because I am a truth seeker in all that I do. I am also a storyteller. I write to make sense of it all, whatever it may be. I write for others and I write for myself. I write to inform and I write to discover.
Why Writer Kathleen A. Handal, MD Writes http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors/kathleen-a-handal-md/
The initial influence was having the time, once I slowed down as an practicing emergency medicine Doc AND the other was the desire to share my knowledge and experiences in practical first aid and how to get good care in an ER. My books grew out of repeatedly being asked by friends and acquaintances for information that they believed an ER Doc would know coupled with having seen that had my patients had just known a bit more – had medical common sense outcomes might have been better.
Why Writer Jen Brewer Writes www.foodmoodmotherhood.com
I write because my head is constantly filled with stories, and they finally spill onto paper. I usually walk around with multiple stories/ideas/books running through my head, and when one stays long enough, I know it’s time to get it out.
Why Writer J. Steven Butler Writes http://jstevenbutler.com/
I write primarily because I have a story to tell. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and always toyed with the idea of writing until I finally took the plunge.
Why Writer MARION LICCHIELLO Writes http://www.getmotivatedwithmarion.com/
I write because I love helping others. If I know my writing can even help one individual I am happy.
Why Writer Dena Dyer Writes http://www.denadyer.com
to figure out what I think; to express myself; to share my faith; because I have to. 🙂
Why Writer Vanessa Runs Writes www.vanessaruns.com
Because I have a story to tell.
Why Writer Liz Martinez Writes www.LizMartinez.com
I write because I have to. My life during the times when I have been unable to write has been drab and colorless.
Why Writer Byron Edgington Writes www.byronedgington.com
I write because I have to. Some writers will say that they can no more quit writing than breathing, and I’d be afraid to test that theory, because I may be one of them. It likely started early. I was second of ten, and I never could get a word in edgewise, so I started writing things down. Writing has also been a kind of therapy as well, a mechanism that allows me to address some early life disappointments and failures and get them onto the page. Fiction is a great vehicle for taking control of one’s life. Those characters will do whatever I decide they will. I write because I’ve I’ve had a very interesting life as well, and I’m convinced that people will enjoy reading about it. And it appears I’m right; the memoir is doing quite well.
Why Writer Elda M Lopez Writes www.theinfidelityfactorbook.com
to address a need; harnessing infidelity and it’s backlash. I became really annoyed with all the crazy scandals going on in the public eye. A lot of misbehaving going on with no real personal accountability.
Why Writer Paige Donner Writes
I write for the International Herald Tribune/ NY Times. I write to make a living.
For creative writing, I do it because it’s like breathing for me.
Why Writer Donna W Hill Writes DonnaWHill.com
At this point in my life/career, the reason I write is to make a difference in the world. Most of my articles and now my novel are directed at enlightening the public about the social justice/civil rights issues that impact blind and visually impaired Americans.
Why Writer Markus L. Horner Writes www.consistentlypersistent.com
Truthfully, I write because I enjoy saying what I think needs to be said.
Why Writer Karen Jones Writes http://www.kjwriter.com/
I write because I have no other choice. I am a storyteller by nature — finding stories in everything I see — and by nurture — my people are from Carolina and I spent many summer evenings listening to the tall tales.
Why Writer Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall Writes www.stuartbramhall.com
Pleasure To leave something behind To change the world
Why Writer Nellie Jacobs Writes http://www.ignitingimagination.com
I love to help people by sharing my own and others’ knowledge, expertise and experiences of a subject. When I have an idea or feel I may have something new and useful to offer, I am compelled to write.
Why Writer Loulou Szal Writes Loulouszalbooks@wordpress.com
It was a perfect vent for expression and great therapy. Some times I wrote and tore it up and threw it out but I felt better!!
Why Writer Victoria Grossack Writes www.tapestryofbronze.com
The reason I started writing is because I had a story I wanted to tell. My desire to write it began when I was fourteen and we were reading Oedipus Rex in my high school English class. I was fascinated by the play, but even then I thought the story would be more interesting from Jocasta’s point of view.
Why Writer Dorine White Writes http://www.dorinewhite.com/
Because the stories want to be told and I love putting them down on paper.
Why Writer Leanne Smashnuk Writes
“Writers write for the same reason that painters paint and actors act; They write because they have a story to tell, an image to paint, but they are not so vain as painters who wish to have the interpreter see their exact interpretation, but because they want to allow readers to build a world (a scene) within their own imagination.”
Why Writer Marina Radovanovic Writes
I write because I always did – even as a child. Throughout the years I found myself writing poetry (at first), the song lyrics and this lead to writing the book which was published in 2005.
Why Writer Kelly Hayes-Raitt Writes www.AreWeReallyOutOfIraq.com
I write to put a human face on US foreign policies.
Why Writer Norm Allen Writes http://www.facebook.com/scienceandvalues
I write because I love to, and because I want to leave the world a better place than when I entered it.
Why Writer Rick Skorupski Writes http://www.flyovercounty.com
I write because I like it. I enjoy fiction writing because I am able to talk about things like family values without having to force the concept on people. I am a transplant from the east coast to the Midwest and have fallen in love with the Midwest Culture. I write fiction to tell the story of that culture.
Why Writer Rick Lauber Writes www.caregiversguideforcanadians.com
I realized that many other family members, friends, partners and/or spouses will also be called upon to help and support aging seniors. I took what I learned, secured a publisher and proceeded to write my first book!
Why Writer Sharon Webb Writes http://sharonbwebbauthor.blogspot.pt/
In order to answer that question, I’d have to ask myself a few more: Why do I breathe? Why do I eat? Why do I sleep? For me, writing is a fundamental aspect of living; as necessary as that morning cup of coffee is for so many people.
Why Writer Mark Fennell Writes http://energytechnologysimply.blogspot.com/p/fact-sheet.html
I write most of my books to fill a need in our society.
Why Writer Jamie Hope Writes
For as long as I can remember I’ve made up stories in my head to entertain myself. When I was in elementary school, the school district wouldn’t permit me to play with the other kids on the playground because of my disability. It was boring just sitting on the sidelines watching other kids play. I wished I could do what they were doing and in my mind I did. As the years went by the child grew, but the characters in my head never faded away. One day I finally realized I had quite a few stories in my head and they wanted out. Writing them down and putting them in book format for all to read seemed like a natural progression.
Why Writer Aprille Franks-Hunt Writes www.aprillefranks.com
Initially I began to write to get stuff off my chest! It was more of a venting, a release. Then it became a great outlet…
Why Writer Susan K Maciak Writes www.cameocareer.com
I write because there’s something inside of me that wants to get out.
Why Writer Theresa Rizzo Writes www.theresarizzo.com
My career was raising my four children. That was the most important thing in my life for twenty-some years, but the day-to-day execution of being a parent is really hard. It’s a pretty thankless job–not too terribly appreciated–at the time. The kids come first. The marriage comes next. After more than a decade of me always coming in third . . . I grew discontent and frankly, resentful–until I began writing. Writing fulfilled me.
Why Writer Kelly Meister Writes www.crazycritterlady.com
I have a love affair with the English language. During English class in high school, while the teacher was talking about whatever, my nose was buried in my vocabulary book, trying to memorize as many chewy words as possible! – I write because I love telling stories.
Why Writer Jacquelyn Eubanks Writes http://www.jacquelyneubanks.com/
I write because it is a way for me to release my emotions and innermost thoughts. When I’m upset, angry, depressed, anxious, or am feeling any other extreme emotion, I turn to my writing as a way to release it and unleash all the thoughts swarming around in my mind.
Why Writer Rasheeal “Ra Blaze” Dixon Writes https://twitter.com/RaBlazeworld
I write because I feel like a book is a portal to a new world, and constantly I have characters in my head that keep talking to me as weird as it may sound, and they won’t stop pushing me until I bring them to life through my writing. Now when it comes to my self-help work I feel like I was put on this earth to mainly help others, and use the great information that I collected over the years to teach others. All my methods were proven to work for me, so I try to just share them with others that may want to hear something that may possibly help them.
Why Writer Freda Emmons Writes www.flameofhealing.com
I write because I have experienced the horror and trauma of childhood physical and sexual abuse and have received healing through counseling and my faith in Jesus Christ. I have tremendous hope to offer others who are immobilized by raw emotions from past or current abuse and trauma. *Flame of Healing* is helping people to heal from deep pain; this has transformed my life from that of victim to victor, from hopelessness to powerful, transforming love and compassion for others.
Why Writer Shannon Etnyre Writes http://www.followtruenorth.com
I write to connect with others who I can possibly help, who I can collaborate with, or who have creative interests similar to my own. I write to connect with others, & hear their stories.
Why Writer Ira Nayman Writes (http://www.facebook.com/ThrishtyFriednishes)
1. It’s a compulsion: to not write would be to risk going insane.
2. I have things to say that I think other people might want to think about..
3. I write humour and, to the extent that making people laugh helps them get through the traumatic events of their lives, I believe that writing humour makes the world a better place.
Why Writer Me’Shell Brown Writes https://twitter.com/Author_MeShell
At the early age of six or seven found her escape through books discovering new places and meeting new people. And that’s where her love for words took off. By the time she was in Jr. High she had already started writing short stories and that is when she found yet another love in poetry and began her art work in that to.
Why Writer Roland Hinds Writes ww.RolandHindsMedia.webs.com
After years of helping people get through there life issues, I realized I was constantly repeating myself. Naturally everyone always think their story is an original, until I started to detect patterns. This is where I started to come up with different acronyms and acrostics to help those in need of my assistance.
Why Writer Michael T Carpenter Writes http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltcarpenter
Knowing that knowledge & understanding are the antidotes to fear and lack of control….I’m compelled to write, speak, and consult toward helping people (business people, professionals, individuals, and families) everywhere meet the enormous unmet need to better understand & manage the anxieties, concerns, fears, and risks. Risks that are created by the uncertainties & dislocations that are the direct effect of the accelerating pace of world-wide change, on all fronts.
Why writer J Martin writes http://www.amazon.com/Voluptua-A-Novel-Jason-Martin/dp/1938501160
At this point in my career, I am interested in writing stories about people or things that have changed my life. One of the main elements of Voluptua is Amazonian shamanism, which I have been involved with for over 20 years. Its main component, ayahuasca, the most powerful healing plant in the rainforest, has changed my like dramatically for the better. It has done for me what therapy is supposed to do but seldom does. It has been written about in non-fiction but my novel, to my knowledge, is the first time it has been made a major part of a work of fiction. I wrote it, in part, in the hope of making its healing potential more widely known among the reading public.
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