It’s no secret that I love writing. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t bother with it. It’s hard, in so many ways. It’s intellectually challenging, emotional, and taxing on the brain and body (carpal tunnel, anyone?), so why would anyone write if they didn’t love it? Well, maybe for the paycheck, but – now maybe this was a secret – I don’t get enough of a paycheck for writing to be my reliable source of income. Maybe one day that’ll change, but it’ll take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get there.
So the question is, then, why do I love to write?
The answer isn’t so simple.
- I love to write for the escape it provides me. Now, that makes it sound like I’m trying to escape my real life, which I’m not, not really. But we can all use a healthy escape outlet, and writing is one such outlet for me. It helps block out the bad and let me get fully immersed into a world of my own creation from time to time.
- I love to create. Writing is the unique sensation of creating a world, sometimes from scratch. Creating people from nothing. Building cities, shaping things in my own way. It can be a lot of fun.
- I love to bring joy to others. This one sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I know that at least some of the people reading my stuff enjoy it, and making people happy makes me happy.
- I write to leave something behind. Now, most people might not think of smutty m/m novellas as something worth leaving behind, but I write because it leaves me a legacy. My writing will live on once I die. It’s a little grandiose, but it’s true.
- I write because I can’t not write. It’s like I have a fire burning inside of me and I have to write to relieve the fire. That’s not a very good metaphor, but it’s the best way I can explain it. I feel as though I have to write, as though I must write. Stories inside of me are dying to get out, and I don’t have any choice but to write them down.
- I write because the characters won’t leave me alone. This one is more related to my NaNo project, but sometimes I have characters and ideas that just won’t go away, or won’t be satisfied with a little piece of flash fiction. Never has this been more true than in the case of Billy Cunningham and Ryder Sullivan, cowboy-meets-rocker and falls in love. They just won’t go away, damn it, and they insist there’s more story to tell.
As you can see, there are many reasons I love to write, and these are just some of them. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing. Writers, what are some reasons that YOU love to write?