on Helping Writers become Authors:
Why are you writing?
It’s a question almost as vast and confusing as the dreaded, “Whatare you writing?”
Why we write… We write for ourselves. We write for others. We write to have fun. We write to pay the bills. We write for fame and glory. We write in search of hope and justice and meaning.
So many reasons, each as valid as the next. It can get confusing to try to sort through the variety to find a central motivation.
For many of us, the reasons we started writing or making up stories—perhaps as far back as our childhoods—have become enmeshed within our life practices.
We write now because that is how we have learned to express ourselves, to share the insights and symbols we believe have value, to scratch a creative itch we don’t always contemplate so long as it stays scratched.