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 Comments Add yours

  1. 1. I write to uncover my beliefs.

    2. I write to open this oyster of a world.

    3. I write to feel alive.

    1. Sigrun says:

      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!

  2. Rio says:

    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. Sigrun says:

      The divine joy of art!

  3. I write because I’m vain, and because I use writing in lieu of art. http://archerburrows.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/on-the-motives-of-writing/

    1. Sigrun says:

      Are you sure this writing of yours isn’t art?

      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 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    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. Jen says:

      4. I write because it makes me push boundaries.

      1. Sigrun says:

        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?

  5. 1. I write because, somehow, I can’t not write
    2. I write to rediscover amazement
    3. I write because it’s how I know what I think

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you!
      I like this idea of thinking throug the body, like it is a kind of craft.

  6. KM Huber says:

    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.

    1. Sigrun says:

      The pure & beautiful art of work …

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