Why Write, Dammit?!
I’m not a very good writer, by which I don’t only mean it in regards to what I’ve written, but also and mostly to how I’ve written.
The act of writing pains me and I’ll pretty much do anything mostly legal I can to get myself out of it. I guess the best way to express how I feel about writing is: I don’t like having to write, but I truly love having had written.
But still, I don’t really know why I do feel the need to write except that there is some unidentified force and/or source beyond my reach and comprehension that obliges me to do so.
I suppose if I were to show the math it takes for the writing equation of me, the pleasure has a bit more value than does the pain when tallying the sum of it all.
You may recall the very public debate regarding the pleasure and pain of writing a few years ago between heavy hitting authors Philip Roth and Elizabeth Gilbert.
Roth was all doom and gloom about it; Gilbert all buttercups and rainbows.
I am definitely of the Roth camp.
Anyway, not too long ago I asked the authors of WRITE EDIT WRITE, a private facebook group for writers and readers why they write and I’ve shared a few of their enlightening responses below. Please check them out and visit their websites to learn more about them and their worthy writing.
So then, how about you?
Why write, dammit?!
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: I write because that’s how I tried to figure out my world when I was four. It has served me well, and I share it in hopes of helping others who feel their world has rejected them find their place.
Shalini Singh: I write when I can’t stop myself from writing. Words fall on paper as poetry substituting tears in my eyes or screams in my heart. When I write prose its for putting my view on any subject I strongly believe or doubt. Writing heals my wounds and bleeds my scabs. Mostly writing is still not a conscious effort for me. It reads people and reaches me to get written or it writes me and reaches people to read!
Pam Schloesser-Canepa: I write because it has been a coping mechanism and kept my mind healthy all my life. Writing helps me escape and helps me imagine a better world.