Why I Write

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS:

I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create fabric in a world that often appears black and white. I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to meet my ghosts. …  

 … I write to honor beauty …

So many good reasons to write, to make any kind of art – .

A favorite is this:

I write as an act of slowness.

and this

I write because I am not employable

and here’s for you:

personal EXERCISE:  Why do you write?

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16 comments on “Why I Write

    • Your list made me think of how very interesting it is that art and fiction makes us feel more alive and present in the “real world”…

      Thank you!

  1. 1. I write because words come to me and if I write them down they won’t just disappear.
    2. I write because I read something once that changed everything and now I have to keep my toe in the door that opened when that happened.
    3. I write because I can’t dance even though I have the heart of a dancer.

  2. 1. I write to connect , because, well… I’m chronically lonely.
    2. I write because somehow, it scratches an itch.
    3. I write because it forces new perspectives while I do so.

  3. 1. Not writing is just not an option
    2. I write to know what I am thinking (a la Ann E. Michael and Joan Didion)
    3. Every piece of writing is a jigsaw puzzle. The part I enjoy most is moving the pieces around.

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