Why Do I Write?

Why Do You Write?

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably been asked: “Why do you write?” In fact, you’ve probably been asked several times.

So…why do you write?

Why do I write?

Well, my friends say I’m a lot happier since I started writing. So, on reason I write is to make myself happy. If I didn’t find any joy in it, why bother?

It’s something I’ve always enjoyed. Before I started writing, I told stories. I loved telling stories so much that I wanted them to be real and would usually try to convince the hearer that my story was in fact true. Once, I had a friend convinced that my grandpa had built a robotic unicorn that I would ride when I went to his house.

Once I discovered the joy of writing stories, I went to town with it. I have spiral bound notebooks full of chapter stories I started writing when I was about nine years old. I kept that up until our family got a super-cool green screen computer and I started typing stories on floppy disks. As a teen and preteen, it was very cathartic; an outlet since I tended to keep my emotions to myself.

After I graduated college, I quit writing. I always felt that something was missing, but didn’t put two and two together for a long time. Now that I’m back to writing, my friends can see the difference in my happiness.

Anyway, I love to write. It’s awesome that people still love to read what I write. When I was in college, I would email chapters to friends, who would turn around and beg me for the next one. I suppose that was my first experience with self publishing!

If I can do this for a living, I would be thrilled. I’m busy with a home business and homeschooling my kids. I get up around 4:15 to write six days a week. I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t love it.

Why do you write? I’d love to hear from you!

Also, visit Jeff Goins and see what other writers are saying about why they write.

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12 thoughts on “Why Do I Write?

  1. Carla Severe

    OMG, I remember writing my stories on floppy disks. I wish I had saved them so I could say the transformation of my writing. My story is similar to yours. I’ve been writing since I was 9. I can’t imagine my life without it. I’d feel like I have no purpose and just sleepwalk through life. Writing is life!

  2. Angela McCall

    Hi Stacy,

    I found you thru Sue Neal’s reshare post on facebook. 🙂

    Anyway, what do I write? I write almost anything. From writing a poetry to writing what frustrates me in my private journal…you bet I do write. And you’re right it is catharthic and therapeutic…coz you’re the only one reading it. Except of course you share it with friends only.

    I have had a live journal since the year 2000. But even before that I was writing poetry at the age of 14 and later, writing on my old fashion diary that used to have a lock…remember those days? We have to lock that thing so good to make sure no prying eyes are looking at it.

    Anyway, today…mainly I write for my business online.

    I’m glad that you’re back to writing again. You should keep it up. It’s good for the soul.

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  3. Emily

    Hey, Stacy!

    I found this through Jeff Goins’ lovely link list on “Why I Write,” and I am so thrilled to have found your site! Your story is a familiar one, from the catharsis of floppy-disk fiction to the evident happiness I experience when writing regularly. I look forward to digging deeper into your blog!

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  4. Katina Vaselopulos

    Beautiful post Stacy!

    And I thought I was busy! I admire you for all the novels your have written as I admire all novelists, because I lack the imagination that takes do that.

    I have been writing since ever as well. As a matter a fact my previous post was a essay I had written when very young and recently found in a pile of old school papers. If you have time, check out my blog, and read both my “why-i-write” and the “Why we should be virtuous…the perspective of a 17 year old girl” posts.

    Blessings and inspiration!

  5. Adrienne

    Hey Stacy,

    Wow, you get up at 4:15 every morning so you can get some writing in. That’s so impressive and you definitely have got to love doing that girl. With those many books already under your belt I can see why.

    I blog and although people consider that as writing I think of what you do as writing. I would love to be able to tell stories. I wrote a poem yesterday for my step-son, just something cute and fun. I’ve done that from time to time for different people who were very special to me.

    I love helping people which is why I blog and it does give me pleasure so that’s my answer.

    Keep up the excellent work because I do know this is your passion.

    Merry Christmas Stacy and Happy New Year!

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    1. Stacy Claflin
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      Hi Adrienne,

      I hope you had a merry Christmas! 🙂

      I’ll bet your step-son loved that. I’ve never had much of a skill in poetry and I admire people who can write it. Also, as far as blogging goes, it is definitely writing. I find it more challenging than writing novels. I suppose that’s because I’d rather be writing fiction! 😉

      Have a happy new year!
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