Bloganuary: Why do you write?
I like to make a note of my first thoughts on these prompts. In the case of this one, it was:
I need to.
That seems to sum it up.
Of course, writing also made my list of what brings me joy (see yesterday’s post).
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, it doesn’t feel like I should be doing anything else.” ~ Gloria Steinem
This quote resonates so hard with me. For me, it really does feel like that. And when circumstances conspire to keep me from writing, I’m not fully myself.
Maybe because this other quote about writing also resonates:
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ~ Joan Didion.
I write to make sense of the world. I write stories to explore issues while having fun. (Yes, even in something like Coffee and Ghosts.) If other people pick up on the subtext, great. But if not, that’s fine.
Because the subtext is for me.
The story is for everyone else.