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Why Do I Write?


This morning I came downstairs to my computer to write.  I looked at the list of all the stories I had written. I have published one hundred and forty stories. I  have one hundred and thirty-nine rough drafts. Stories I had started and never finished.

One of the rough drafts was called, “Why do I write.”

On July 24th, exactly one hundred and fifteen days ago, I wrote.

I loved writing every day. Then  I thought, “I don’t want to burden people with having to read my writing every day.”    I stopped writing every day. Then I read a blog about blogging, and they said three posts a week are enough. Then a friend sent me an article about writing every day is like stretching muscle.

I didn’t publish my thoughts from July. I kept it as a rough draft.  Today is November 16th. What do I think about writing now?

 I am taking an eight week  On-line  Writing Course,  Tribewriters by Jeff Goins. I am developing new writing habits, and  challenging myself to act like a professional.  To believe I am what I am asking you to believe about me. To turn professional in my head before I do it on paper.  I am learning and building a community.

Today I ask myself the same question. Why do I write?

1. I write because I have something I want to say.
2. I write what I want to write. I don’t try to guess what you want to read.
3. I write what I know and share it.
4. I write to bring laughter and encourage.
5. I write something that is hard and real.

I know there are more reasons why I write. I will think of more reasons after I publish this story.  But today, this rough draft that has sat for one hundred and fifteen days will get published.  I don’t have to be perfect. I have to start something and finish it.

I will write every day because I want to, not because I am suppose to.

I will work on shortening the rough draft list.

Why do you write?


About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • I write because I can’t not write. See, I can write things like that because I’m a writer. 🙂

    Seriously, I write because that’s why God made me. To write.

    • pamelahodges

      Anne, the day God made you he put words in your brain, and love in your heart. I think somewhere in there is a drawing waiting to come out.

  • Great reasons to write. I write for the same reasons

  • I write to learn and form community; to learn about what lives within my core as I engage with life and experience the stories from the people around me. In writing about what I learn, I hope my story ignites someone else’s story which ignites another’s story and so on… connecting us in community. Amazing things happen when we connect in community!

    Love your post!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Leanne. Community is so important.

  • This is good “I don’t have to be perfect. I have to start something and finish it.”… I write to record my life story and bring others encouragement in their own journeys. Thanks!

    • pamelahodges

      Nicole, thank you for telling me why you write. I want to read your life story.

  • I write because I have so much to say. I talk alot too. In my brain, there are constant arguments, explanations, musings and stories that have to get out, so I write them.

    • pamelahodges

      It sounds like you have a lot of words in your brain. I am glad you write them down.

  • I write because it reconciles my inner self to my outer self. I am a better person when I’m writing. It’s a part of me. When I didn’t write it was a part of me. When I started writing again it was like taking a deep breath after being underwater for almost too long. It fills me up.

    • pamelahodges

      The inner self and the outer self. Writing does help doesn’t it. Thank you for sharing why you write.

    • “When I started writing again it was like taking a deep breath after being underwater for almost too long. It fills me up.” BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Robin Patrick

    I too write because I have something to say. I also write so I can arrange my thoughts and see them again. This helps me decide if I’m accurate in my thinking and also if I’ve expressed it clearly.
    The hardest thing for me is not to censor too much yet stay truthful. Not everyone needs to know, or wants to know, my life stories but once I get started it’s hard to hold back.
    I am an emotional writer!

    • pamelahodges

      Robin, I would love to read your life stories. Emotional writing is so real. If I cry when I read a story, I feel better. Tears remind me that I am alive.

  • I write to discover and unearth “the hidden fossils”, and to display them in such a way to provoke the reader’s interest.

    I write to create new meaning for myself

    I write to create visually appealing descriptions (a long row to hoe)

    “Writing is refined thinking” (Stephen King: On Writing)

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Shelley for letting me know why you write. Writers like to be read, but that is not always why we write is it?