I write because…

I write because it’s a way of expressing myself fully and unreservedly. Unlike a conversation, where I sometimes find myself unable to find the words (the right words, the proper words), writing gives you time to think. To think about every aspect you want to discuss. Every angle to approach, every detail to discover and to describe.

When you write, you have all the time in the world to edit – to delete, to add and to delete again. Until what you’re happy with what’s in front of you, until you’re satisfied that you’ve written what you want to say.

Writing is a release. Thoughts that fill your head can be let go of on a page. The things that find their way on a page I’ve written astounds me at times. To observe that the person who at times is awkward with conversation, is able to communicate ideas in such an expressive way.

This is the reason I write.

Writing 101: Day 1

I write because . . .

Why do you write? This is a question you can answer again and again, as your response might evolve over time. You may have already addressed it in a previous blog post. Some bloggers also use this question, and variations of it, to shape their bios and About pages. Why am I here? Who am I? Why do I blog?

“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still”

— Sylvia Plath

“That is why I write — to try to turn sadness into longing, solitude into remembrance.”

— Paulo Coelho

Today, tell us: why do you write? If you’d like to see how others have approached this, here are 23 inspiring quotes from famous authors. The I Write Because project is also worth a peek and is full of personal, honest submissions.

Set a timer and free-write for 15 or 30 minutes without stopping. Begin your post with “I write because . . . ” or start it any other way you wish

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