I found this question to be one that a lot of writers blog or ask one another. I found it annoying when I saw it or heard it, a pet peeve if you will. I mean, I get it, a writer always wants to talk about their origins and what inspired them to begin. But, as one of old English teachers used to say, So What?
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this question, but I’ve recently found myself asking it. It was my way of finding out if we relate, if we are really writers together, and proving I’m not totally insane. Ultimately, its a soul-searching question that provides us with an identity. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that writing gives us our identity, it’s a piece of us, something that we can’t live without, its a piece of our soul that can’t be removed (unlike that soul-alien in The Host by Stephenie Meyer. B-T-Dubs, cute story idea, not so great execution.)
So the question has it’s place in our community. Does that mean I like it? Well, the community of writers needs it, so it has its place.
Why do I write? Because if I don’t the planet will turn on its axis and the moon will no longer have a dark side and insanity will engulf the masses. Yeah, I’m that important. I’m not God, but I cause some freaky stuff when I don’t write.
No, but really? Because I can’t stop.
So why do you write? Tell me in the comments below! 🙂
Also, just a little bit of advice from Ira Glass before you go.