This is a guest post by one of my favorite authors, Beem Weeks. It’s part of his 4Wills Publishing blog tour.
Why Do We Write?
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Why do we write? It’s a simple enough question. The answer, well, that’s not quite as cut and dried. Every writer has his or her own reason for putting pen to paper in an effort to entertain, educate, or just let off a little steam.
I’ve been writing since about the age of eight. It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed. My motivations have changed over the years. Early on I wrote with the notion that I’d be the only one reading my work. I’d put down on paper some grand idea I’d find wandering through my head, an event from the day, or maybe a song or a poem. There has always been a need for me to create with word combinations belonging only to me.
In my teen years, for the first time, I wrote knowing that others would read my words. These writings took the form of record and concert reviews published in my high school’s newspaper. I went to a large school, with a student body of nearly 2500 members. People began to give me feedback, advice, compliments. I absorbed it all like a sponge. I felt a calling on my life; a calling to write.
To this day I am not able to make a living with this craft. And that’s fine; I didn’t take up my pen for financial gain. If (or when) it comes, that will be the clichéd icing on the proverbial cake!
I still enjoy writing. Whether it’s a novel, short stories, book reviews, or blog articles—like this one here—writing is my passion. I also find pleasure in writing communications to friends; letters that I’ll compose using pen and paper, stamp and envelope. I just don’t write every day the way I once did. Mood is my major motivating factor these days. Do I feel like writing something today? If I do, what form will it take? That’s just me, though.
Some writers must create each every day. Many even establish a daily word count. The day is a complete loss if they’ve not sprinkled a thousand words across their keyboard. It’s all selective depending on the individual.
Ann Frank needed to write. This girl’s existence consisted inside four walls of a silent room that became her family’s prison for many years. She wrote every day, detailing a life most human beings could never imagine—and yet many things all too familiar. Writing is all Ann Frank had to keep her connected to the world—as dark as her world became.
Harper Lee didn’t need to write. Oh, sure, early on she wrote short stories, essays, and articles. But then she wrote a novel called To Kill A Mockingbird and basically walked away from the craft. Her sister claimed the author knew she’d never again approach the level of success Mockingbird achieved—no matter the caliber of book number two. So why bother? And for decades, that’s all we got from this writer—until, in that final year of life, she gave us Go Set a Watchman. But even that second novel had been completed in the middle of the previous century.
J. D. Salinger, though he ceased publishing his work after the mid-1960s, continued to write, taking a few hours each and every morning, creating stories only he had opportunity to enjoy. Upon his death, it was revealed that several of Salinger’s unreleased manuscripts would be published. The man loved writing but hated the attention his work drew from across the world.
Some people have never written anything outside of personal letters to friends and family. That doesn’t make them any less a writer than those with books or short stories on their resumes.
Everybody has their own reasons for writing—regardless if they publish or not.
Why do I write? I write because I have a passion to write—just not every day.
Why do you write?
Beem Weeks is the author of short stories, poems, essays, and novels. A pop-culture trivia buff, Beem’s passions include indie films, loud music, and a well-told story. He has also penned short story collections entitled Slivers of Life, and Strange Hwy: Short Stories.
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I needed to read this today. Thank you!!
My reasons for writing change from time to time. I started my blog when, after my divorce, I missed having that morning coffee and conversation time on weekends.
Recently I have begun writing/illustrating a picture book…not because I want to publish and market it. It’s for my grandchildren. I could freelance, people tell me, instead of working hourly retail…but I want a particular type of delineation between my work and my personal life. Others have their reasons why I should write. I am finally beginning to be at peace with the reasons I do.
I know what you mean. Thank you for the visit, Diane, and welcome 🙂
Interesting spur to reflection! I have just finished the draft of a memoir, and it has been harrowing because through doing so I have met myself on the stairs coming down. I realised that I write to discover what I think, and who I am. That may partly be due to living the life of an almost anchorite- without any audience so to write is to speak into the void and listen to the echo!
“I have met myself on the stairs coming down”–I love that!
Once you start writing, it’s hard to stop. Even when you are only writing for yourself. I get that.
Best wishes, Pete.
You’re a writer, Pete, even if you only share your blog posts with us. I’m not surprised you get it 🙂
Thank you, Nicholas, for introducing Beem to us.
Thanks for reading, Staci. I loved Beem’s Jazz Baby 🙂