Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why Do You Write?

There have been a lot of great blog posts discussing the various distractions that present themselves to us writers.  It almost seems procrastination is coded in our DNA.  But what compels you to push through and write, even when you don't feel like it?

For myself there are times I don't even know where the story is going to take me that day.  I'm not even sure exactly what makes me pick up my laptop on those days, but I do.  And when I "force" myself to do this, I usually find these times the most rewarding.  The characters take on a life of their own, and the story may take a surprising, yet pleasant turn.  Maybe that's part of the reason I push through?  I like the feeling of accomplishment that comes when I discipline myself to write.  Besides, I also know that as a published writer, I will have deadlines and expectations.  I might as well learn this aspect of being a writer now.  

Below is a list of reasons why I write:

- Love writing - the entire process
- Takes my mind off daily concerns, thereby improving my mood
- Rewarding
- Teaches me discipline / patience
- Ability to create and meet different "people" and go new places
- Allows me to accomplish something with my time

What about you?  Why do you push through and write even when you might not feel like it?