Ever really thought about it? Your reason for writing, whether you write poetry, short stories, book, scripts, technical/academic papers, or news/tabloid articles, do you know why you write? For fun, for escape, to express, to lose reality, for money, to inform or gossip, or because you have to since it’s your job?
I think I am safe in the assumption that most people who do so usually have their reasons muddled. Some think they do it for fun, when in fact they like the gains afterwards, a smile on a face, laughter, emotion coxed, or perhaps monetary reason? What ever it is, there is no denying you, and I have a reason! We all do, it’s why we do what we do.
Consider the following:
That age old effort to suvive! Yep, that’s right, writers, at the bottom of it all really write because it is part of their survival plan, and that’s not to just survive in the sense of breathing and going through the daily motions. No, that survival is of the inner being, of being able to celebrate their individualism, to push away the culture of conformity that is emerging in society, made worse by mass social media and the publicizing of private lives.
Where would we all be if we dressed the same, are the same, looked the same, acted the same, and even spoke in similar tones? Boring, huh?
Some people express their individual, uniqueness through material choices. Writers express their selves through words not necessarily written for the public arena. That’s what we have to remember whenever we wonder about the drive that keeps a writer pursuing writing, a musician continuing to write songs, a dancer on their feet, or an accountant keeping records. Yet others survive giving their lives over to nurturing young, old and the sick. It’s what makes us tick.
I tick through writing (and obviously blogging about it). It’s my survival technique. What’s yours? Photography? Ballet? Sports? Academia? We all have something. We are all surviving, some in groups, others in solitude.