This was going to be my first blog post, but I ended up tucking it away into the far depths of my hard-drive. Recently I found it and I thought that I’d edit through and post the cheesiness! So without further ado here we go!:
Since this is a writing blog I thought it only saw fit for me to write about, well, why I write.
Of course, there could be thousands of reasons- because “I want to get this draft finished” or “I’m entering a story competition”. But that’s not what I mean. Sure that may be the reason I am writing at the time, but why am I ‘getting that first draft finished’ or entering the story competition?
I write because I get to explore different worlds- create and discover different people. When I write, I’m writing from other people’s point of views- as if I’m slipping into their fictional brains and taking over. It’s like an escape from reality, where anything can be possible.
There is a famous quote by George R R Martin that says ‘A reader lives a thousand lives’. When we read we discover new worlds; new people. And when we write, we develop a stronger connection to these fictional worlds and characters. They’re ours- we created them. I guess I love to write because I’m in control. I don’t mean that in a creepy dictator like way, but when we write we get to create and sculpt the story into what we want. Of course this isn’t always the case- sometimes you start to write something with an intention of what it will turn out to be, but when it is finished it ends up completely different. Something which we hadn’t imagined. This is the beauty of writing that I love. You can end up with something completely unexpected, but better than you could have ever imagined.
Writing is an art. It may not look so from the countless pages of writing on a manuscript, but when you read it you discover the true art inside. When you write, you don’t get that straight away- like with anything. But it would be boring if that was the case- if everything turned out perfect straight away. After you spill your guts, and sanity, over the said piece of writing you will be left with a true piece of art.
You progress with your writing- and you can watch it do so. Even if it is a piece of writing written a year, or a week ago I find that my writing is always changing. Progressing into something neater. Last year, I wrote my first ever draft to a novel. When reading it through, I could see a definite change in my style from the first paragraph to the last. My writing sounded neater and more evolved than what it started out as. And this was a HUGE change. I was amazed
to see how much I had actually progressed in the writing of one draft of a novel. It’s a great feeling to read back on some of your old writing pieces and see how much you have progressed- it shows that you are improving. Although I find it terribly cringy reading back on some of my old works! But that’salso a good sign, I can pick out (some) errors; I know how to improve it. And that just shows how my writing is always evolving. And I know that if I were to read this article again in a year or so, I will be able to pick out many errors (and probably laugh very much at my past/ now present self….)!
Another reason I write is the community. Whether it’s the local writing group or the huge online collection of writers, it is a major motivation. With just one search you can find thousands of writers like you; inspirational writing blogs and, well, anything really! NaNoWriMo was what inspired me to start writing on a large scale. And of course, NaNo is coming up SUPER soon, which has got me terrified (I have no idea what to write!). If you don’t know what NaNo is, it is a huge annual writing event where writers worldwide attempt to write fifty thousand words in one month (November). If you aren’t already signed up then DO IT NOW!! Doing NaNoWriMo is a super fun (and daunting) experience and you will gain so much from it (Plus you can say you wrote a novel in a month- that’s a pretty amazing achievement!).
But overall I write because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t. It’s like breathing; I just can’t not write (double negative!) and (as cheesy as it seems) it is a part of me.
Apologies for the lack of posts and the terriblness of this one which has as much helpfulness as a pen without ink. I promise that I will get back on top of things and start posting at least once a week!