Okay, so my friend had a pity party. We’re all entitled to those once in a while. He didn’t realize it, but if my friend had focused on his first statement, “I don’t know why I keep on writing,” he might have found a way around his why-me woes.
Why do you write? Grab a piece of paper and make a list.
Do you dream of becoming the next Stephen King or of your children’s books winning Newbery Medals?
Do you write because you enjoy it?
Do you write to leave a legacy?
What do you love about writing?
What do you hate?
Do you write only to be published?
Do you write just wanting to earn money?
How does writing feel? Does it fill up your heart, or are you running on empty?
Writing is about hope, perseverance, satisfaction, love, pleasure, faith and learning. Which of your reasons nourish these things? These are your best whys. Are they enough for you to keep on writing?
If you’re brave enough, leave a comment and tell us: Will you continue to write? Why or why not? You never know; your reasons might inspire someone else who asks, “Why should I keep writing?”
What things there are to write, if one could only write them! My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings. But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach. ~Logan Pearsall Smith