At the Golden Network retreat at RWA® National conference 2014, we had many wonderful speakers. One author asked us the question: “Why do you write?” She handed out index cards and told us to be honest with our answer. We didn’t have to share it with anyone. It was ours to keep.
I had only recently asked myself that question after a particularly defeating month. After much soul searching I thought I knew my main reason: To provide a sense of identity and purpose. Without writing in my life, what would I have? Who would I be? What would I do with my day? But was that really my answer?
Everyone will answer the question in a different way, depending on where they are in their life, career, and important relationships. I’m retired, divorced with no significant other, I’m getting older, my children are self-sufficient, and my responsibilities are minimal. Why would I choose to spend my days in a chair typing words onto a page? A writer’s life is a hard one. The question intrigued me. Why didn’t I choose to play golf with friends, learn to paint, take up yoga, play tennis, or travel the world? I made a list of why I write and how I achieve the goals I’ve set, and I taped it to the side of my computer screen:
Why I Write:
*Provide a sense of
identity and purpose
*Keep the brain active
*Add to income
How I Achieve my Goals:
*Stay up on technology
So, yes, while a sense of purpose and identity is important, the number one thing for me is enjoyment.
What about you? Why do you write?