#IWSG #Writing: Why Write?

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This month’s question: Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

In the age of the social media, I have seen the power of words – both good and bad.

Words can change the course of history.

Words can spark revolutions.

Words can destroy nations.

Words can also heal and bring people together.

Wow, no pressure for us writers, huh?

So, why do I write what I do?

Since I was a girl, I have used writing to transport me away from reality and into another world (of my own creation). This enabled me to deal with the many challenges such as my progressive disability, the death of my first husband, a miscarriage, and so on.

I tend to write dark fiction and poetry.

Why?

For some reason, these come more “naturally” for me. Perhaps it’s because I need to tap into the darkness that is deep within, the pain, the emptiness, and put them into my stories.

This has helped bring healing and comfort to me.

Strange, huh?

I use poetry to deal with loss, grief, and homesickness.

I use stories to reconnect myself to people even though I am practically a recluse.

I write to feel alive and to remain grounded (or not when things are exceptionally difficult).

I desire to share them with others to help, to comfort, to inform, to entertain, but most of all, to connect with what binds all together.

Our humanity.

What about you? Why do you write what you write?

 

 

2 comments

  1. I’ve never really thought about this, but I gravitate towards dark pieces for that exact reason too. I feel like I write better when I’m going through bad emotions. Now that I’m feeling pretty balanced, I’m just putting out normal stuff. So I guess it’s a win-win always for me: feel bad and get the creativity, or feel all right and write less. Thanks for this post, Carrie!

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