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Why Write?

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I don’t know why, but since I was young, I always asked, “Why?”  In early grade school, I asked myself why I was born. Why was I different from the rest? Why couldn’t they see what I saw?  Why did I say that? Why, why, why?

As an adult I continue to ask why.  For some time, I used to ask, “Why me?”  Then, “Why not me?” Now I often ask, “Why not?”

It was perhaps my propensity to ask “Why?”  that kept me from learning or wanting to learn how to set goals. I never set goals. Deadlines, yes, but not goals.  Instead, I look for purpose – the reason why I do something.  And through the years, I have found that the  purpose changes as time goes by, and as I change.

When I was a newbie journalist, I asked myself why I wrote.  The answer was because writing provided an avenue to satisfy my endless curiosity.

After I managed to find my niche as a feature writer, I asked myself why I chose to be a feature writer.  The answer was because feature writing challenged me more than any other genre.

When I decided to stop writing professionally and hearken to a calling, I asked myself why I needed to write in journals. The answer was that by journaling, I could continue to write. When I asked why I needed to keep writing, I realized that without writing, my life was not complete.

Finding the purpose in what I do provides me with the clarity I need to see the direction or path that I need to tread.

Recently, I asked myself anew:”Why do I write?”  The answer that came to me was, “God is the nature of my being; the Source of who I am. My soul is God breathing through my human-ness. Writing is a passion that feeds my soul and enables me to touch base with God in me.  When I write, I am one with God.”

My purpose for writing has changed greatly.  The new-found purpose has greatly changed the direction that I know I must pursue as a writer.

Why do you write?


  1. Ahh, love this! “without writing, my life is not complete.” So very true!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! BTW, I write back to everyone who writes me a snail mail letter, so drop me a line if you’re so inclined!


  2. I write because there isn’t enough room in my head to keep all the ideas… Actually I write for my girls and because my dogs provide me with lots of material. That and it’s fun!
    Enjoyed the post!


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