#Bloganuary: Day 6
Updated: Jan 8
Why do I write?
That’s a really good question.
I can most definitely put some meaning to writing and being a writer. I write because I always have a story in my brain. I write because I want to get that story out on paper and share it with other people. I write because it makes me happy. It’s cathartic to put the words on the page.
But I don’t really know what drew me to writing. Where the first spark came from. It’s just something I’ve always done. I remember being a kid, maybe around 9 years old, and I loved reading Nancy Drew books. I folded paper, hamburger style, into a booklet, illustrated it like a Nancy Drew cover, and wrote a Nancy Drew fan fiction. I’m sure my mom still had it in the basement stashed away somewhere.
I was always that kid that needed more room for her writing assignments.
I distinctly remember in third grade having to write a haunted house story on a ghost shaped paper. I needed three extra ghosts for my story. My house was super haunted!
In middle school, I was obsessed with Animorphs, and I started writing a sci-fi story about middle schoolers. The characters were very much based on my IRL friends. The sci-fi was very much based on Animorphs. I went as far as typing it up and printing it out and illustrating it. I carried around spiral bound notebooks everywhere to write.
In high school, I role-played a lot on the Yahoo Ayenee chat rooms (RIP). I started writing a novel based off of people I met and role-played with on there.
I was the kid who wanted to grow up to be a best-selling author. Still working on that dream…
As an adult, it’s been a lot harder to keep writing, but that doesn’t mean that the stories haven’t been bouncing around in my head. Characters knocking on my brain.
From time to time, they have to get out!
So, why do I write?
I write because I have to. I’d go crazy if I didn’t let all those characters out of my head.
I also write because it’s cathartic.
Why do you write? Or create?
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