Saturday, January 30, 2010
Why do you write?
This has been a week of tension and drama (not mine), and I've had difficulty coming up with ideas to post about.
Which made me think about the subject of writing. J.D. Salinger reportedly quit publishing his novels because he couldn't stand the critics. He reportedly said, "I write for my own pleasure."
Which got me thinking about writers and their motivations.
I write because it's a compulsion. I have to. It's like working out - I have energy that builds up that needs to be released. Strange, but true. I have no love of the writing process itself - it's just something I need to do. When I am happy with the outcome, that's a plus.
There are various kinds of writing I do - writing for me, writing this blog, writing for publication, writing for work.
When I was a reporter, a police lieutenant told me, "I think it's very brave what you do. I couldn't have thousands of people reading my writing on the front page of a newspaper."
I never thought of it that way - having a job which doesn't pay you millions of dollars but requires you to carry a gun, in my opinion, is much, much more brave.
So I thought I'd ask - how about all of you? Why do you write?