I love writing. I’ll never say I don’t.
But that doesn’t mean I always want to write. Sometimes, in the worst of times, I forget why I love it.
I forget why I write.
Sometimes writing is hard. When my novel feels like it’s falling apart and will never be finished. Never be good. When I feel like my brain has been put through the wash and I can’t think another thought about my WIP. When I know I need a metaphor or back story or symbolic element to add depth to my story but can’t think of the right way to weave it into my story. Everything that comes to mind is cliche, unoriginal, boring. Yes, sometimes writing is hard. And when writing is hard it can be hard to remember why I write.
So, I created a list of 50 reasons why I write.
50 Reasons Why I Write
- I write because I love it.
- I write because I’m good at it.
- I write because I can.
- I write because I have stories to tell.
- I write because I appreciate the magic of language.
- I write because I know I can revise.
- I write because I observe.
- I write because reading inspires me.
- I write because I can’t stop myself.
- I write because it’s what I studied.
- I write because my mom read to me.
- I write because I don’t know what I’d do instead.
- I write because I want my voice to be heard.
- I write because I want to.
- I write because it’s fun.
- I write because I’ve always written.
- I write because it’s important.
- I write because I believe in myself.
- I write because my voice deserves to be heard.
- I write because I’m a writer.
- I write because I can do hard things.
- I write because my ideas keep me up at night.
- I write because it makes me happy.
- I write to challenge myself.
- I write to practice my craft.
- I write to explore emotion.
- I write to inspire others.
- I write to make sense of the world.
- I write to make a difference.
- I write to be remembered.
- I write to relax.
- I write to try new things.
- I write to be original.
- I write to explain myself.
- I write to understand life.
- I write to converse with the voices in my head.
- I write to explore deep thoughts and unanswered questions.
- I write to relate to others.
- I write to experiment with word combinations.
- I write to express myself.
- I write to clear my head.
- I write to share what I know.
- I write to make something that didn’t previously exist.
- I write to keep my mind active.
- I write to leave my mark on the world.
- I write to learn.
- I write to be productive with my time.
- I write to share my experiences with others.
- I write to create and strengthen relationships.
- I write to be creative.
Know the Why that Keeps You Writing Consistently
Whenever I find myself lacking the motivation to write, it’s usually because I’ve forgotten the most meaningful reasons why I write. Every reason on this list is true, but some of them aren’t enough to keep me writing consistently. For example, I write to be creative and to relax. But I can find other ways to express my creative passions and I can do other things to relax. I also write because I want to be published someday. But even if I had a glimpse into the future and I knew I’d never be published, I’d still write.
So, what keeps me writing? What charm would writing have to lose for me to stop writing? It took some real soul-searching to answer these questions. To truly find the reasons why I write. But it was so worth the effort!
I’ve come to realize that the single most important reason why I write is because it makes me happy. It makes me happy to have a creative outlet where I can explore emotions and relationships and the way the world works. It makes me happy to better understand the world around me.
I also write because it gives me a sense of purpose. There is no greater feeling than accomplishing a tricky bit of revision. Finding just the right way to make a character come to life, or introduce a thrilling plot twist. Writing is hard and it takes effort. But the ability to learn and grow and better myself as a writer and as a person is something I wouldn’t change for the world. I would never want writing to be easy.
But why is it important to know what reasons, of the many in my list, are the most powerful to me?
Because they are the reasons that keep me writing. If I wasn’t sure which reasons were the ones that mattered most, it would be hard to stay motivated to write. When I’m struggling, it isn’t enough to say I write because my mom read to me or because it’s what I studied in school. When writing is it’s hardest, I don’t feel like I am writing for fun. Those reasons become flat and empty when I’m not feeling motivated. However, if I know how accomplished I will feel if I chug along or if I remember that as I write I can explore an emotion I am feeling, then I am much more likely to keep writing. I am much more motivated to write consistently because I truly understand the benefit and joy it is giving me.
Why do you write? How many reasons can you come up with? Feel free to borrow some of mine!
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