Sunday, February 27, 2011

Why Do You Write?

A Guest Post by Julie Isaac

Why do you write?
What do you love about writing?
Why did you start writing?
What do you get out of writing?
What do you want to give others through writing?

The answers to these questions are what motivate us to sit down and write, are what get us to put writing first and everything else second.

When was the last time you sat with these questions and answered them? Do it now, and make a list of your most compelling answers.

Keep a copy of that list with you; keep another where you write. When you're procrastinating, when you're writing tweets instead of your novel, when you're stuck, read your list. Read it slowly and really feel your answers.

Award winning author & content creation coach Julie Isaac is creator of #WriteChat on Twitter, from noon to 3pm PT Sundays & the #SHINEonline Blogging Challenge that starts on 1-11-11 for 111 days.

Read Julie's review of my book,
The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write.

• Note from Mark David

When Julie first asked that question on Twitter a few years ago, I knew I had to reply. This is the answer that (to my surprise) came out of me:
Why do I write? Because I can't not write, any more than I can't not breathe.

• Why do you write? Please share your thoughts, reasons and perspectives here as a comment.

• Related Post: What's Your Vision?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I write 'cuz I love to...
'tis like breathing, yes.

I get Hammerd by alot of kidz 'bout my long 1's in *games* (where I've been & watched many play thru their headsets, pretty chatty when they don't hafta (mis)spell.

Me? I call it all typo-ing anyway. One of my (better-pedigreed nfact) friends called it 'keysturbating!

Gotta Laff! Keep on writin' folks,