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?

1) …

2) …

3) …


16 thoughts on “Why I Write

    1. 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.

      1. I like to convince myself that it is, but I always felt bad that i was never any good with brush and paint.

        So to answer your question, no I’m not very sure 🙂

  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.

      1. Thank you, I believe many of us share this feeling of loneliness. I’m not sure writing can compensate, but maybe it makes the feeling more managable?

  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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