Posted by: Debby | September 20, 2010

Why Write?

Ever since I began writing for publication, I have collected quotes about writing. Why? For inspiration, to learn from those who have gone before me, and to help justify the huge expense of time being a novelist requires me to invest in this endeavor.

Now it is a pleasure to look through my collection, savoring the words of writers on this craft we love. And sometimes as I browse, quotes appear in interesting juxtapostion with each other. Here is one such set of three:

“We have art so we shall not die of reality.” – Nietzsche

“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, “This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.”— David Morrell

“Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom.

“That is why we write.” – Neil Gaiman

That is a very good reason to write, because someday my story or your story will reach a person who needs it. And maybe that story will not only help this person survive reality, but empower him or her to move forward into the future with a little bit more wisdom, a little more hope, and maybe even a desire to help someone else with their own overwhelming reality.

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  1. Why write? because I’m afraid that something will go unsaid.

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  2. Like you, I only started putting my stories on paper a few years ago, but once I started I found it addictive. One day without writing and I don’t sleep well. Two days without working on a story and my mind becomes unattentive to what is going on around me. I write, you might say, because God won’t let me do anything else. And no, I don’t want to even imagine three days.

    -Michael
    The Fiction Side: The Storyteller http://mgkizzia.wordpress.com/
    The Non-Fiction Side: Word & Spirit http://michaelkizzia.wordpress.com/

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    • Wow, do I know what you mean!
      I’m actually not that new to writing. I plugged away for many years, taking classes, going to conferences and everything, without submitting much of anything (because it was just so much more fun to write another story!) When, for about a decade, my career interfered with writing I found myself terribly depressed, and it wasn’t until I realized it was the lack of writing time in my life keeping me so blue, that I began to see the light. Like you, God would not let me leave writing alone until finally, I took a leap of faith, trusted his call, quit my job, and reembarked on a writing life. I am so glad I did!

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